Cosmetic dentistry is a special field of dental science that deals with helping the mouth look better through the use of prosthetics and dental appliances. With the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are now multiple ways of dealing with imperfections of the mouth to make your smile more attractive. Some of these possible treatments include the following:
Porcelain Veneers - A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded permanently to the front of a tooth. Once in place, the veneer looks very natural and is hard to distinguish from the appearance of the rest of the teeth. A veneer can be used to hide severe discoloration or to disguise a misshapen or damaged tooth. Often times, multiple veneers are used to correct the appearance of several teeth.
Dental Bonding - Bonding is used to fill in imperfections on the teeth. The material most typically used is a composite resin, which is the same color as the dental enamel. With this resin, a dentist can make spaces between teeth narrower, cover over some types of discoloration and fill in chips and cracks. Basically, the resin is sculpted like one would sculpt clay, making it a versatile solution for many dental imperfections.
Teeth Whitening - Unsightly stains on the teeth can be removed through the use of specialized gels that dissolve the matter that makes up stains. Opting for professional teeth whitening leads to faster results than using toothpastes and mouthwashes that you can purchase over the counter. There is also much less of a risk of side effects like tooth sensitivity when you opt for professional whitening.
Dental Fillings - Metal fillings in your mouth can really detract from your appearance, particularly if they are in teeth near the front. A cosmetic dentist can replace metal filling with tooth colored composite. This is just as effective at dealing with cavities, but it looks much more natural. In addition, composite is free of the toxic heavy metals that were once frequently used in metal fillings.
Dental Crowns - Porcelain crowns are covers that are placed over a natural tooth. Crowns are a standard part of root canal treatments and can also be used to cover broken, damaged and cracked teeth. In addition to enhancing the appearance of the mouth, dental crowns can help to preserve a tooth that might otherwise require extractions.
Only an experienced cosmetic dentist can help you decide which cosmetic dentistry procedure is most likely to produce great results for you. To learn more about these services and get a complete consultation, contact Randall L. Davis, DMD, PC today.