What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is to any dental work done to the mouth that improves the way the mouth looks. Its primary focuses are the aesthetics. This can be teeth alignments, size, color, and the overall appearance of your smile. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your appearance. A beautiful, bright, healthy smile can increase self-confidence and overall life satisfaction.
Many regular dental treatments can also be cosmetic. Modern tooth-colored fillings are virtually invisible when compared to traditional silver fillings. Tooth-colored crowns or caps are now others options instead of gold or silver. In this section, we will look at some of the best treatments we can use to greatly improve your smile and the way you feel about yourself. Come to our office located in Sherwood, Oregon for an appointment today.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
Tooth bleaching, or tooth whitening, has become so popular and widespread that many companies have marketed their own type of whitening products. Although there is some merit to these at-home bleaching kits, having a nationally board-certified dentist perform this procedure is completely different. Since a professional can help abbreviate the whitening process as a whole, it can be completed in only a few short visits, compared to weeks of at-home treatment.
In-office teeth whitening, also called chairside bleaching, takes place during a multitude of visits to our experienced professionals.
Advantages of in-office teeth whitening over take-home whitening include:
- Professional supervision
- Safe and simple
- No sensitivity
Cosmetic bonding is a common dental procedure that allows us to cover problem areas with a tooth-colored resin. This resin bonds to the surface of your tooth.
Crowns are used to restore a tooth to its original size and shape. The ceramic crown is bonded onto the prepped tooth the same day. Dental Crowns serve many purposes including restoring already broken teeth, protecting weak teeth, or covering a dental implant.
Dental Bridges are typically attached to two teeth on each side of an open space. This allows us to fill the gap with an artificial tooth which helps improve chewing ability and prevent future jaw problems. Dental Bridges are commonly used to give patients their ideal smile while also improving a patients confidence.
Veneers are effective aesthetic cover-ups for damaged or stained teeth. While some veneers can be removable, most are permanent and bond tightly to the teeth that they protect. In addition, technological advancements have improved bonding agents to the extent that it is very common for veneers to remain functional for 10 years or more.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that can fill the void of a missing tooth. There are many different types of dental implants, from individual crowns to dentures. A cosmetic dentist can not only ensure the most comfortable replacement but that it will be implanted in the most accurate and aesthetic manner possible.
All treatment begin with a thorough exam and consultation. Usually, the process can take from 3 to 6 months. In some cases, the process may take longer because additional treatments, such as bone grafting, may be required to build up the bone so it can support an implant. The procedure and time frame depends on many different factors. These factors are not limited to but include:
- Dental health
- Condition and quality of the jawbone
- Number of teeth involved
Gum grafting is a procedure that can help bring your receding gums back into place. Many patients opt for this procedure in order to restore their youthful-looking smile.
A gum graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. It can also cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This procedure can be performed on one or more teeth to help even out the gum line and reduce sensitivity of exposed roots to hot or cold foods.
Most patients are very satisfied with the results of the procedure and enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile after treatment. Whether a gum graft is performed to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both an improved new smile and periodontal health.
A trial smile involves an impression of your teeth followed by bonding of the proposed improvements. Once we know that everything is functioning properly, we can then complete your new smile.
Cavities are painful and unsightly holes in the teeth that must be filled with inert material. Contemporary fillings, called dental composite resin, are much closer in hue to the natural color of teeth. This allows the tooth to be protected but still look untouched.
Cosmetic Dentistry Before & After
Cost of cosmetic dentistry
Costs of each of cosmetic dentistry procedure will vary depending on the individual patient. Our dentists will meet with you to discuss your needs and our recommended course of action.