Every patient deserves to have a smile that they are proud to show off. Teeth that are stained, cracked, chipped, or crooked may cause an individual to feel less confident when they smile. When this is the case, patients may wish to look into cosmetic dentistry to determine if their smile can be improved using cosmetic treatments.
There are many cosmetic dental procedures available, and each is designed to give you a beautiful, healthy smile. Common services include:
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material bonded to the front of teeth to conceal imperfections and create a beautiful, natural appearance. They can be used to correct many dental issues, including stains, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, minor misalignment, and slight tooth rotation or asymmetry. They also resist staining better than resin composite fillings, making them a great choice for lasting results.
Teeth that have been chipped, cracked, or stained can benefit from cosmetic bonding. A composite resin material is applied directly to the tooth to improve its appearance and structure of the tooth. This composite material can be color-matched to your teeth for a natural look. After the application of the bonding material, the tooth is sculpted and smoothed for a natural-looking appearance. The material will be bonded to the tooth with adhesive and then cured with a specialized light to fully harden the material. With proper care, the bonding can last up to ten years before needing to be repaired.
Dental crowns are caps that go over damaged teeth for aesthetic and functional purposes. They can also be used to restore a broken tooth after a root canal treatment. Bridges are used to fill in a gap in your smile where a tooth is missing. Both dental crowns and bridges can be used for functional or restorative purposes.
Professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments. It is a quick and affordable procedure that can brighten and whiten your teeth by several shades in just one office visit.
In order to find out if a patient is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry, they must first be evaluated to determine whether they are healthy enough for treatment. During your initial consultation, your dentist will perform an oral exam to determine the health of your teeth and gums. This exam will allow them to see if you have any cavities or other problems that need to be treated before undergoing cosmetic procedures. If any issues are found during your initial evaluation, they will need to be taken care of before you can undergo cosmetic dentistry.
To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, visit Lake Mountain Dental at 4342 E Pony Express Pkwy Eagle Mountain, UT, 84005, or call (801) 960-3779.