Cosmetic dentistry is an area of professional dentistry that focuses on improving the aesthetics of a person’s teeth, mouth, and smile. At George J. Karr, DDS, our cosmetic dentist usually offers several services to help fix discolored or misshapen teeth, replace missing teeth with bridges or implants, or even close gaps between teeth through orthodontics. The most common cosmetic dental procedures are teeth whitening, crowns, veneers, and bonding. These treatments can help whiten yellowed or stained teeth, reshape crooked or chipped teeth, and repair cracked or damaged teeth. Many dentists also utilize braces to straighten teeth and improve alignment for a better-looking smile.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Teeth whitening can be very effective for lightening stains caused by food, drink, age, and tobacco use. In-office teeth whitening treatments use a potent bleaching agent applied to the teeth directly. This bleach is usually activated with a special light that helps it do its job better and faster. In some cases, a special laser may be used to activate the bleach. This type of treatment usually requires only one office visit.
Bonding is a restorative procedure that can repair chipped, cracked, or decaying teeth. It is also used to fill in small gaps between teeth and to cover stains and discolorations. Once bonded to the tooth structure, they harden and become solid and durable. Most dentists suggest using bonding to repair minor cosmetic damage only.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers may be the cosmetic dentistry treatment you need to achieve your dream smile. Veneers are extremely thin shells made of high-quality dental ceramic that bond to the front of your teeth for a beautiful aesthetic enhancement.
Dental implants replace missing teeth with artificial replacements that look natural and feel like real teeth. The implants are tiny screws made of biocompatible titanium and are surgically placed in the jaw. After they have fused with the jawbone, they are restored with a dental crown or a dental bridge to restore the appearance of your smile.
Porcelain crowns are probably the most common type of crown used today. Typically, they’re used when there’s extensive damage to the tooth that needs to be covered, such as for teeth that have extensive decay or breakage. They can also be a good option for patients with discolored or misshapen teeth who want to make a drastic aesthetic improvement to their teeth.
Not only are your teeth restored to their perfect size, shape, and color, but you’ll also gain a boost in confidence! Visit George J. Karr, DDS, at 1590 NW 10th Ave #400, Boca Raton, 33486, at (561) 368-9966 to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.