Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments–The Top 5 That Can Transform Your Smile

Could you benefit from cosmetic dentistry treatments?

  • Does your smile make you feel self-conscious?
  • Do you find yourself hiding your mouth during photos or avoiding them altogether?
  • Have you found yourself at the point where you rarely smile at all?

Issues like crooked teeth, missing teeth, discoloration, or damage can make anyone feel uncomfortable flashing a smile or breaking out into laughter. That is no way to navigate daily life! You deserve to feel good about yourself and confident about expressing your authentic joy in any situation. And you can. If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your smile, cosmetic dentistry offers multiple treatments that can transform your teeth.

Here are some of the top cosmetic dentistry treatments available for your smile transformation:

1. Dental Implants:  A Life-changing Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment

Dental implants are a top cosmetic dentistry treatment for patients with missing teeth. Whether you are missing a tooth due to an accident, injury, or genetics, dental implants are the closest alternative to your natural teeth. That is because they are seated in the jaw just like the root of a real tooth.

The implant process occurs over several cosmetic dental surgery treatments. First, your dentist will embed a titanium post into the jaw. The patient is provided with a temporary tooth (if necessary) and sent home for several months to allow new bone to fill in around the post. This seats the tooth in the jaw permanently. The next step is to attach a crown (tooth) to the post. The crown is customized to fit in your smile perfectly, including shade and size.

2. CEREC: Same-Day Crowns or Dental Bridges

Not every patient is a candidate for dental implants. Some patients may not have sufficient bone in the jaw to anchor the titanium post and do not wish to undergo bone grafting to get there. Other patients may simply not wish to undergo cosmetic dental surgery. Dental crowns and bridges offer a less invasive, timelier way to fill spaces in your smile and correct damaged teeth.

Dental crowns restore a tooth to its original splendor.

Teeth cannot replenish material after becoming damaged. That damage, such as pitting or chips, leaves your teeth vulnerable to cavities, too. By overlaying the existing tooth with a crown, you can protect it and improve its appearance. Even better, with CEREC technology, you can usually get your crown made in a day.

Like implants, dental bridges are designed to replace a missing tooth. In this instance, a crown is placed on the teeth that sit on either side of the gap. The new tooth is supported by these crowns, similar to the way a bridge is anchored to the ground on either side of the space it crosses. Also like implants, bridges are designed to blend in with your smile and make it look as natural as possible.

3. Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are another way to repair damaged teeth using the existing tooth structure. Veneers can help with discoloration, chipping or pitting, as well as problems with the size and shape of your teeth.

Dental veneers are made out of a very thin porcelain or ceramic material that has been tinted to match the shade of your natural teeth. (See options for whitening below.) Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to the lab to begin development. The lab will craft the veneers to fit over your natural teeth and create an even, uniform appearance you will love.

4. Invisalign

If you are looking for a way to straighten your smile without the brackets and wires of braces, clear aligner therapy can be the perfect tool. Invisalign is the most popular option available to patients today, providing straight teeth to patients through a series of custom-fitted trays.

These trays move the teeth in the same incremental fashion that brackets and wires do – just, well, invisibly. The careful movement protects the roots of your teeth while still correcting your smile. Trays switch out every two weeks and each one is designed to exact specifications to ensure a smooth, pain-free fit. Clear aligner therapy is an excellent alternative for those who wish to straighten their teeth discreetly.

5. Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures to refresh tired teeth. Daily life can cause the whiteness of your smile to decline over time. Perhaps you have a daily coffee or smoking habit, or your enamel has simply lost its shine. Whatever the issue, laser teeth whitening does have the potential to remove tooth stains and restore your smile to its original brightness.

To complete the procedure, your dentist will begin by applying a whitening solution to your teeth. The dentist will then follow up by activating the solution using a light treatment. It’s a safe, speedy procedure that can yield instant results. Of course, you can also forgo the laser and stick to standard trays, too. For serious, deep-set stains, KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching is a powerful option, too.

Fulbright Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry Can Help Transform Your Smile

Our practice wants to help you transform your smile with dental cosmetic services. Schedule an appointment to learn more about options such as dental implants, tooth whitening, crowns, and other treatment options. Our compassionate team can help make sure you never hide another smile.