When you have a smile you’re confident about, you can be unstoppable! Studies have shown that more than one-third of American adults are not happy with their smile. At Niles Family Dentistry, we know how important it is to have a smile that you love. Here’s how cosmetic dentistry can help!
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a method of professional dentistry with a goal of improving the appearance of teeth and smile. The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to correct any flaws in your mouth that you don’t feel great about. No matter if your teeth are stained, broken, or misaligned, cosmetic dentistry can correct most problems with your teeth that you are insecure about.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
There are several types of cosmetic dentistry, most of which are fairly simple. However, there are options if you want to completely redo your smile. Colgate lists the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures to be:
Inlays and Onlays:
These are made in a lab and are used when a tooth has signs of mild-to-moderate decay. Additionally, inlays and onlays are a good option for patients who don’t have enough tooth structure to support a filling. In dentistry, inlays are an indirect restoration, or indirect filling, that consists of a solid substance like porcelain. This is fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place. An only is the same, except it extends to replace a cusp.
Composite bonding works to repair decayed, damaged, or discolored teeth. It uses material that resembles the color of tooth enamel so it looks natural. The dentist drills out the tooth decay and applies the composite onto the tooth’s surface, then “sculpts” it into the right shape before curing it with a high-intensity light.
Veneers are a dental procedure where a covering is placed over the visible area of the tooth. These are typically only applied to the part of the tooth that is visible. The process of getting veneers begins by getting impressions taken of your teeth at our office, then the veneers are made in a lab. From there, we get them back and bond them to your teeth. Veneers are also known as ‘instant orthodontics’ because of how quickly it can transform your smile.
One of the most basic cosmetic dentistry procedures, teeth whitening or bleaching can be performed to brighten up your smile. At Niles Family Dentistry, we offer tray whitening. We take impressions of your mouth and then create customized clear whitening trays for you to wear. We will show you how to apply the bleaching material to the trays and send you on your way! You will wear these for up to an hour twice a day for a certain period of time. After this, you will have that bright white smile you were looking for.
Dental implants are used to replace teeth after tooth loss. A dental implant is a tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth due to injury, illness, or any other reason. An implant is a metal post that the dentist surgically positions into the jaw to replace the root of the lost tooth. Once in place and the bone heals, a crown, which serves as a replacement tooth, is attached to the implant.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Necessary?
In short, yes. Not only does cosmetic dentistry help you look and feel your best, but these procedures also have restorative benefits. These procedures can also correct problems with chewing, sensitivity, and more that could affect your day-to-day life. The longer you put off dental work, the more intense and costly it will be down the road.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
The main benefit of these dentistry services if that you will get a smile you love. However, there are more benefits too. If you have a cosmetic procedure done, not only will you have a better appearance and more self confidence, but in most cases you’ll also:
- Smile more
- Eat and drink normally again
- Have better oral health
- Avoid future dental problems
Make an Appointment with Dr. Niles and Niles Family Dentistry Today
Dr. Niles is committed to bringing her patients the best and most advanced dentistry available. If you’re not confident about your smile, make an appointment to talk to our team about what cosmetic dentistry option is best for you. From teeth whitening to veneers and everything in between, we have the option you’re looking for. Call now for an appointment: (720)-744-0001.