Any problem with your teeth, gums, or bite that interferes with your appearance can be considered a cosmetic dental problem. Almost everyone has some degree of cosmetic dental concerns. Some common issues are staining and discoloration of the teeth from food and drinks, misaligned or crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, or a gummy smile with too much gum tissue showing when you smile. If you are worried about the appearance of your smile and want to improve it, cosmetic dentistry can help. Here are the common cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve your smile.
- Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic procedure that helps improve and brighten the shade of your natural tooth enamel. As we age, our teeth can become dull or yellowed due to the accumulation of plaque on the enamel as well as changes in the color of dentin. Some foods and drinks can also stain your teeth.
During a teeth whitening procedure, your dentist will clean the teeth and use a special chemical solution containing hydrogen peroxide to safely remove stains from the enamel without causing damage to the gums. The treatment can be completed in just one appointment and can last up to one year before another session is required. It is a simple and quick way to improve your smile and boost your confidence!
Teeth whitening is a safe cosmetic procedure when performed by an experienced dentist and is done properly according to ADA standards. Over-the-counter whiteners may not contain the proper dosage of bleaching agent and thus are not as effective as professional treatments; however, they can still be used effectively if instructions are followed carefully. It is important to keep in mind that teeth can become more sensitive after the procedure is done if the teeth are not properly prepared in advance. When done correctly by a professional, teeth whitening can be one of the best ways to brighten your smile and boost your confidence.
- Dental veneers
Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their color, shape, or size. Because they are made to look like real teeth, they are a great way to correct discolored, chipped, cracked, gapped, uneven or misaligned teeth. When done by an experienced cosmetic dentist, veneers can dramatically improve your smile. Unlike crowns, which cover the entire tooth, veneers only cover the front side of the tooth. However, they can also be used on multiple teeth depending on the need of the patient.
- Dental bonding
Dental bonding is a quick, easy way to improve the appearance of your smile. This cosmetic dentistry treatment involves our dentist applying a tooth-colored resin to your teeth and shaping it to make them look more natural. Bonding can also replace silver fillings for a more natural look. Plus, it is more affordable than other cosmetic treatments.
When you come in for your dental bonding appointment, our dentists will first clean and prepare the tooth and remove any decay or existing filling before placing the bonding material on your tooth. Then, they will shape and mold it in the desired shape before it hardens. Lastly, we will check your bite to make sure it feels normal and correct any changes if necessary. The entire procedure usually takes just an hour or two per tooth.
To learn more, call (719) 471-1900 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit Dentist in Colorado Springs, CO, at 1705 N Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.