All About Cosmetic Dentistry - What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that focuses on improving the appearance of your smile. Common cosmetic dental treatments include teeth whitening, dental bonding and veneers. If you're not happy with the way your teeth look, cosmetic dentistry may be an option for you.
Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental treatment that can help to brighten your smile. Dental bonding is another cosmetic dental treatment that can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth. Veneers are also a popular cosmetic dental treatment. If you're considering cosmetic dentistry, it's important to talk to your dentist about your options.
One of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening can be done at home using over-the-counter products or at the dentist's office using professional-strength bleaching agents.
At-home teeth whitening kits usually take two to four weeks to produce results, while in-office teeth whitening treatments can give you a whiter smile in just one visit.
Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your smile, and it can be an affordable option for those who are looking for a way to brighten their teeth. If you are considering teeth whitening, give us a call first and we can set you in the right direction.
Among the many cosmetic dental treatments available today, dental bonding is one of the most popular. Bonding involves the application of a tooth-colored resin to your tooth, which is then hardened with a special light.
The resin can be used to fill in gaps, repair chips or cracks, and change the shape or color of your teeth. Bonding usually takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth and does not require anesthesia. While bonding is not as durable as other cosmetic treatments such as veneers, it is often less expensive and can be completed in a single office visit.
For these reasons, dental bonding is an excellent option for anyone looking to improve their smile.
Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry option for people who want to improve the appearance of their smile. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers can be used to change the shape, color, size or length of your teeth. Veneers can also be used to close gaps between your teeth or cover up chips or cracks.
Veneers are usually made from porcelain because it looks more like natural tooth enamel than other materials. Porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years with proper care. If you are considering veneers, be sure to talk to us about whether veneers are the right option for you.
Tooth contouring is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves removing small amounts of enamel to change the shape of your teeth. Because you only have so much natural enamel, there’s a limit to how much tooth structure your dentist can remove. Your dentist can complete tooth contouring during a single office visit. Tooth contouring is often used to fix small cosmetic imperfections, such as uneven teeth or slightly overlapping teeth. It can also be used to prepare your teeth for bonding or veneers. In some cases, tooth contouring can be used to correct bite problems. If you’re considering tooth contouring, ask us about whether it’s the right option for you.
Excess gum tissue can be a cosmetic issue for some people. When too much gum tissue is present, it can make your smile appear "gummy" or unbalanced. Gum contouring is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves removing excess gum tissue and reshaping the gum line for a more symmetrical appearance. The procedure is usually quick and easy, and it can make a big difference in the way your smile looks. If you're self-conscious about your gummy smile, talk to the staff at Dental Artistry by Dr. Choi about whether gum contouring might be right for you.
What’s the difference between cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry are both vital to keeping your smile healthy and looking its best. General dentistry is focused on preventive care and maintaining oral health, while cosmetic dentistry is focused on improving the appearance of your smile. Both types of dentistry offer treatments that can restore function and improve aesthetics, but cosmetic dentistry offers a wider range of procedures that are specifically designed to improve the look of your teeth and gums. If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry, talk to us about which procedures may be right for you.
If you're unhappy with your smile, there are many options available to you through cosmetic dentistry. Teeth whitening, dental bonding, and veneers are just a few of the ways that you can improve the appearance of your teeth. Talk to Dr. Choi about which cosmetic dental treatment is right for you.