7 Most Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
We all want to have our smiles looking and feeling their best, but the reality is that not all of us are born with perfect smiles. Fortunately, over the last few decades cosmetic dentistry procedures have been developed to transform anyone’s smile into the smile that they’ve always wanted.
Today, we’re going to go over 7 of the most common types of cosmetic dentistry procedures.
- Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are made in a lab and are created from either a porcelain or a composite material. Each veneer is custom made and fitted to match your teeth perfectly. Then, once the veneer has been created, your dentist will cement it to the front of your teeth, giving your smile a whole different look.
- Teeth Whitening
Whitening, also known as bleaching, is designed to change the color of your teeth giving them a significantly brighter and whiter appearance. Whitening can either be done at home, by buying a whitening kit from your local pharmacy, or it can be done professionally by your dentist in the office.
- Caps or Crowns
Dental crowns are custom made and fitted over the entirety of a tooth after it has been molded and prepared. Crowns, also known as caps, are typically made of porcelain or acrylic, which is fused to metal to help withstand the pressure from a person’s bite.
- Dental Implants
Implants are used to replace missing teeth. For this cosmetic procedure, your dentist will first need to surgically implant an artificial root into your jaw bone. Then, once the artificial root has fused and healed properly, your dentist will attach a crown to it, giving it the appearance of a completely natural tooth.
- Cosmetic Shaping and Bonding
Sometimes referred to as enamel shaping, this cosmetic procedure involves your dentist applying a tooth-colored composite material to your teeth, and then shaping it to look natural. Shaping, or bonding, is not a painful procedure, and produces an immediate improvement to a person’s smile.
- Orthodontic Treatments
While orthodontic procedures fall into a category of their own, they are still used to improve the cosmetic appeal of a person’s smile. This type of cosmetic treatment involves your dentist applying orthodontic devices to your teeth in order to straighten and realign your bite.
Lastly, it’s important to understand that while some of these procedures may be required for health reasons, most of the time, they are not necessary procedures and might not be covered by dental insurance.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry, make an appointment to visit your dentist for a consultation. Not every cosmetic procedure is right for everyone, therefore, your dentist will be able to tell you which procedures they offer, as well as which ones are right for you.