Cosmetic Dentistry—Your Pathway to A Better Smile

Cosmetic Dentistry—Your Pathway to A Better Smile

Nov 01, 2019

Misaligned, crooked, discolored, chipped, or missing teeth affect not only your dental health but also your appearance. Furthermore, missing teeth cause some of your teeth to shift, thus wearing down the surrounding teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can help solve the problem.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry is any procedure that improves the appearance of your teeth and bites. The different cosmetic treatments focus on improving color, shape, size, position, and alignment of the teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry falls under prosthodontics and is performed by a prosthodontist, although general dentists can do simple procedures.

Aesthetic treatment can fix a variety of problems:

  • Chipped teeth which make your bite irregular and increases the risk of gum infection
  • Crooked teeth and cracked teeth
  • Discoloration

The Different Aesthetic Treatments

Before she performs any cosmetic improvement, Dr. Gibson will assess your dental health and guide you in choosing the right treatment.

Some of the treatments offered at Bella Smiles include:

  1. Dental Implants

    Implants are a permanent dental solution for fixing missing teeth. The implants provide a perfect alternative to veneers, bridges, and removable dentures. Dental implants are more expensive than most of the other dental treatments, but on the upside, they support bone growth.

  2. The implants are comprised of a titanium screw that is fixed to the jawbone, an abutment which connects the implants, and a crown.

    This surgical procedure is done in various steps:

    • An initial consultation that involves dental examination and assessment
    • Fixing of the implant and taking an impression of the teeth
    • Creation of the dentures and placement of the abutment
    • Placement of the crown
    • Follow-up
  3. Dental Bonding

    Bonding can improve the look and functionality of chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. A composite resin is used to fill small cavities and to protect exposed teeth. This procedure is done on a single dental visit as it requires no teeth preparation.

  4. Bonding offers various benefits such as:

    • Ideal for minor cosmetic imperfections
    • The porcelain composite resin has a natural tooth color, and it blends with your smile
    • It is noninvasive and has a little discomfort

    Composite resin can last for years, but it is still subject to chipping, discoloration, and discoloration.

  5. Veneers

    Porcelain veneers are custom, hard, thin shells that are designed to substitute the tooth enamel. These veneers are bonded to the enamel to mask dental imperfection, such as cracked, chipped, teeth, and gaps.

    Porcelain veneers are well tolerated by most people, have a natural-looking appearance, and are easy to maintain.

    Veneers can last for a decade if maintained properly, but you will need to replace them at some point. Unlike most of the dental treatments, veneers are irreversible as it required grinding of the enamel, which doesn’t grow back.

  6. Teeth whitening

    Overuse of coffee, tea, and smoking can discolor our teeth over time, creating the need for teeth whitening. At Bella Smiles, we offer two treatment options—in-office and take-home kit that can reverse the effect of discoloration.

    We also use Guided Light Optic whitening technology that accelerates the process and creates little or no tooth sensitivity.

  7. Teeth reshaping and contouring

    Tooth reshaping is a cosmetic technique that changes the shape, length, or surface of the tooth. The dentist uses a drill the teeth to smoothen or reshape the look.

At times, tooth reshaping can be done with bonding where a tooth-colored composite resin is applied over the affected area to give the tooth a desirable shape.

Teeth contouring helps to create an evenly shaped tooth, which makes them easy to clean. Additionally, it is an inexpensive solution, and it offers little discomfort.

Make an Appointment

A smile says a lot about you, and that’s why we offer a smile makeover. We have a variety of aesthetic solutions to help fix any dental need that you might have.

Are you ready for a smile transformation? Schedule an appointment with Bella Smiles and Cosmetic Dentistry. We will assess your oral health and determine which cosmetic solution is best suitable for you.

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