Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized area of care that focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s teeth and gums. Most patients choose to visit a cosmetic dentist because they want a more attractive smile.
What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve?
Cosmetic dentistry can correct:
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Teeth that are stained or discolored
- Teeth that are worn down, uneven, or irregularly shaped
- Teeth that are missing or poorly shaped
- Misaligned teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Teeth that appear small, too short, or too narrow
- Teeth that appear out of proportion with your face
- Gummy smiles
- Teeth that are crooked
- Teeth that are too small or large
Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry helps patients of all ages feel more confident about the way they look and, therefore, create a better quality of life. The major benefits offered include:
- Improved appearance
- Relief from discomfort
- Better oral health
- Increased self-esteem
- Better quality of life
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Cosmetic dentistry is designed to enhance the appearance of the smile. Patients can choose any number of procedures to achieve the desired results. Below is a list of some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures available at your dental office:
Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain that cover the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are used to cover discoloration, minor chips and cracks, or misshapen teeth. Veneers can also straighten the appearance of your smile, depending on how crooked your teeth are.
Dental bonding involves using a composite resin material to improve the appearance of teeth by filling in gaps between teeth, masking discoloration, or reshaping teeth. This material is the same color as your existing enamel, and it is applied to your tooth after a mild etching process that roughens the surface of the tooth.
A quick and effective solution to brighten your smile is teeth whitening. Professional whitening products offer better and longer-lasting results than over-the-counter products. In-office whitening is performed by using professional-strength whitening gel that is activated through a dental light. Your teeth will be noticeably whiter in about an hour.
If you have severely decayed teeth, a dental crown might be a good option for restoring your tooth. Crowns cover and surround the tooth, restoring its shape, size, and strength. Crowns can also be used to conceal discolorations or misshapen teeth.
If you’ve thought about getting braces but cringe at the thought of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign® might be a great option for you. Invisalign® uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to gradually shift your teeth into place. Your aligners can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth.
Patients who want to have a brighter, straighter smile come in for cosmetic dentistry. Nowadays, cosmetic dentistry is affordable and relatively pain-free. While some procedures like the placement of dental crowns require minor surgery, others like professional teeth whitening are relatively painless.
In addition to improving your appearance, cosmetic dental procedures can also improve your overall oral health. Stained teeth are often a sign of poor oral hygiene, and correcting them can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your appointment with Dentist Colorado Springs CO, call us at (719) 374-5496 or visit our dental office located at 1359 Interquest Pkwy Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.