Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that deals with anything that is aimed at making your smile look better. Most cosmetic dentistry procedures are undertaken by patients as elective treatments to improve upon their appearance. Occasionally, they may also be required as necessary procedures in cases of dental injury like a chipped or avulsed tooth.
Most cosmetic dentistry procedures vary in their costs depending on the kind of treatment required. Patient expectations and compliance also play an important role in the final outcome of any kind of cosmetic dental procedure.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures: Before and After
Dental Composite Bonding
Dental composite is a tooth-colored resin material that dentists use to fix decayed or damaged teeth. It involves the bonding of the composite onto the tooth surface, which can be molded into any required shape. A high-intensity light like UV or LED is used to harden the resin after it has been sculpted into place. Dental composites are the least expensive method to repair broken or chipped teeth, close small gaps or make small alterations in the shape of the tooth. In recent times, dental composites have almost completely taken over dental amalgam for cavity fillings. Being tooth-colored, they provide a more aesthetic alternative to silver fillings in the mouth.
Veneers are custom-made caps that cover the front surface of teeth. Usually made of porcelain or resin composite, veneers can be used to completely alter the shape, color, or size of a tooth. They are mostly used only on the front teeth and can last for up to 20 years. Compared to full crowns, veneers are a more conservative approach to changing the appearance of a tooth.
Teeth whitening involves bleaching and stain removal procedures. If your teeth have accumulated mild surface stains over time, your hygienist can remove them through prophylactic polishing pastes. If you would like to make your teeth appear whiter and brighter, this can be done with the help of bleaching. Your dentist may advise in-office bleaching procedures or give you bleaching trays for at-home bleaching. You can also try a whitening toothpaste, mouth rinses and over-the-counter strips and trays available in stores. Your teeth and gums need to be in good health before you will be considered a good candidate for in-office teeth whitening procedures.
Tooth loss may occur due to gum disease, tooth decay or injury to oral structures. Dental implants serve as the latest and most efficient means to restore a missing tooth and can last for a lifetime if done properly. The implant serves as a replacement to the tooth root in the gums. Crowns or dentures can then be fixed onto the implants, which provide a more stable alternative to other tooth replacements like bridges or removable dentures.
There may be occasions when a patient is happy with the shade and shape of their teeth but lose out on a great smile because of their gums. ‘Gummy’ smile, discolored gums or receding gums that expose the tooth root are some of the problems that prevent you from enjoying a perfect smile. Gum reshaping can solve the problems of a gummy smile where teeth appear too short. Grafts can be used to correct the problem of receding gums, and discolored gums can be fixed with the help of lasers.
Braces are one of the most common dental treatments done on individuals, especially teenagers. They help fix dental problems like crooked teeth, protruded teeth, etc. Apart from the conventional metal braces, there are now aesthetic alternatives like clear and even multi-colored braces. There are also lingual braces that are attached to the back of the teeth, which keeps them out of view.
We offer all the dental procedures mentioned above at Minneapolis Dental and look forward to your smile makeover, taking you one step closer to the smile you have always dreamed of.