Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a number of different procedures that help make your teeth and smile more appealing. Cosmetic dentistry procedures are often done in combination with restorative dental treatments to repair dental problems while making your teeth look good. Many cosmetic dental procedures are covered (or partially covered) by your dental insurance plan, so be sure to contact your insurance company before proceeding with any procedure. If it isn’t covered by insurance, don’t worry – many dentists provide financing options. Here are some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures:
Dental implants are a way to permanently install a false tooth in place of a natural one that is missing. The implant is surgically embedded into the jaw using a post. Once the post is in place securely, the dentist will place a manufactured tooth on it to complete the process. Dental implants are often preferable to dentures because they provide a permanent solution. Once in place, implants feel and act exactly like natural teeth and allow you to eat and chew normally.
A very common procedure, teeth whitening is best done by a professional. Professional teeth whitening is an easy procedure completed in the dentist’s office. Special whitening mixture is placed onto the teeth while light is applied. Teeth whitening typically takes one visit to the office, although your dentist may recommend a follow-up visit or put you on a regime of take-home bleaching products.
Gaps, chips, and uneven teeth can be corrected easily and quickly with the use of veneers. Veneers are thin ceramic or enamel coatings that are specifically molded for your teeth. Your teeth are prepared by filing them. The dentist then applies veneers using permanent adhesives. Veneers can brighten teeth that can’t be whitened through typical procedures. If you have uneven teeth, veneers will make your teeth appear perfect. Veneers are a permanent solution.
Teens and adults can benefit by teeth straightening. New invisible orthodontics are available that help to straighten teeth without the need for metal wires. Invisible braces use clear fittings that pull teeth into place. They can be removed for eating and sleeping. You’ll need to return to the dentist for occasional visits to replace the braces as your teeth begin to move into proper position. Invisible orthodontics take about the same length of time to straighten teeth as traditional braces.
You’re not alone if you’re unhappy with your smile. But you don’t have to hide any time someone pulls out a camera, or cover your mouth every time someone tells a joke. All that can be changed with a smile makeover. A smile makeover utilizes cosmetic and other dental techniques to quickly resolve your dental issues and give you a great looking smile in just a few visits to the dentist. The procedure typically involves restoring all the teeth within your smile line using porcelain restorations. This gives a uniform shape and color to your teeth. It’s also been known to help reduce the lines and wrinkles that form with age around your lip and smile areas. Even if you haven’t been to the dentist or haven’t had work done in some time, you’ll still be able to get your smile in beautiful condition usually within a couple of visits.
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