Some of the most requested services in the dental industry are cosmetic procedures that help patients feel more confident about their smiles. When it comes to options, there are several available. If you want to brighten or straighten your smile, check out these popular cosmetic dentistry procedures and call Comprehensive Dental Care today to schedule a dental consultation.
For healthy teeth with discoloration caused by food, drink, and smoking stains, teeth whitening can restore teeth to a more attractive white color. In fact, professional whitening can make teeth up to eight shades whiter! However, it’s important to note not all tooth discoloration, such as that caused by fluoride, can be fixed with teeth whitening.
While many people seek orthodontic treatment to help them feel better about their teeth, orthodontics can also help keep your teeth cleaner and free of decay by fixing overlaps where plaque and food particles can accumulate. While people may have believed braces were only for children, adults are now just as likely to get braces, especially with advancements in clear aligners such as Invisalign.
Shaping, also known as odontoplasty, is aptly named because it can change the shape of teeth. It’s a cost-effective and quick remedy to correct the appearance of cracks, chips, and misalignment. The procedure is performed with an electric file and does damage the tooth’s enamel, so it’s important to have good ongoing dental hygiene to prevent tooth decay.
Veneers are shells, usually made of porcelain, attached to the front of the tooth. Veneers are used to correct the appearance of a tooth or teeth when there is discoloration, chips, or cracks. Dental veneers match the surrounding natural teeth and can last as long as 20 years when properly cared for.
Dental crowns are placed over severely damaged teeth and are often the last option for repairing teeth before extraction becomes necessary. Crowns can look like your natural teeth and act as a shield, protecting the tooth underneath from more damage. Getting a dental crown usually requires two appointments: one to take an impression of the teeth and the second to put the crown on after it has been made at a dental laboratory.
While you may not consider Botox® a part of dentistry, dental Botox can provide patients with a solution for their smile that extends beyond their teeth. This can help safely reduce the appearance of fine lines (or smile lines) around your mouth and eyes, and can help treat issues such as Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ & TMD) and oral pain.