Many people choose cosmetic dentistry procedures for aesthetic reasons. If someone has chipped, stained, or crooked teeth, they may want to improve the appearance of their smile. However, cosmetic dentistry procedures can also benefit oral health. For instance, if a person has teeth that are crowded, tilted, or spaced too far apart, they may be more likely to suffer from tooth decay or gum disease in the future.
Cosmetic dentistry treatments include:
Teeth whitening is an easy and effective cosmetic dentistry treatment that restores a white, bright smile. There are many reasons for teeth to become discolored. Certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, and berries, can cause tooth discoloration. Tobacco products and medications, such as tetracycline, can darken teeth over time. Aging also causes tooth discoloration.
Professional teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist is a quick and effective way to brighten your smile. In-office teeth whitening treatments can brighten your smile up to eight shades in just one visit. During the first appointment, your cosmetic dentist applies a whitening gel to the surfaces of your teeth. The whitening gel mixes with the oxygen in your teeth, breaking up the stains. A special light is used to help the gel penetrate your teeth. This process is repeated several times during your appointment.
After your teeth whitening treatment, you should avoid eating or drinking foods that can stain your teeth. This includes berries, coffee, and red wine.
Dental veneers can conceal a variety of cosmetic dental issues. They are typically made of porcelain, which mimics the look of natural enamel. Veneers can be used to correct the following cosmetic issues:
Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that repairs minor dental issues. It involves the application of a tooth-colored material (composite resin) to the surface of the tooth. It is commonly used to fill in chips, cracks, and cavities. The composite resin is applied in thin layers, and each layer is hardened with ultraviolet (UV) light before the next layer is applied. This procedure can usually be completed in one office visit.
Dental crowns can be used to completely cover a tooth and restore it to its normal shape and size. Dental crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or decayed.
A dental crown can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, and acrylic resin. Each type of material has different pros and cons. Porcelain is the strongest and most durable option, but it is more fragile than ceramic or resin. Ceramic is stronger than porcelain, but it is prone to cracking. Resin is the cheapest option, but it doesn’t last as long.
Dental bridges are a very popular dental restoration option. A dental bridge consists of pontic and dental crowns on either side of the missing tooth. These dental crowns are anchored to the teeth around the gap. The pontic is fused between the two dental crowns and fills in the missing tooth space.
Your dentist may recommend dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. Implants consist of a titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone. Over time, the implant is accepted by the jawbone and fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration. An abutment is attached to the implant, and an artificial tooth (or crown) is attached to the abutment. The crown can be made of porcelain or ceramic, or it can be made of a gold alloy.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Saunders, DDS & Dr. Brittany Krog, DDS, to learn more about maintaining good oral health. Visit us at 2834 S University Dr, Fargo, ND 58103. Contact us at (701) 293-9886 or visit our website to book an appointment.