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Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a type of professional oral care whose sole purpose is to improve the appearance of your smile or teeth. Even though cosmetic dentistry is often elective, it may be necessary to restore your teeth. Working with Dr. Scott Young, you have a few choices of cosmetic dentistry. Some of the most common ones include

1.     Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

This procedure is also known as teeth bleaching. The primary purpose of the procedure is to brighten teeth and get rid of stains or discolorations. Even though this procedure can be done at home, it should be performed by a professional.

2.     Cosmetic Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are also known as caps. Your dentist can personalize them to suit your needs. They fit your entire tooth and may be made with porcelain or acrylic. Even though dental crowns may be used for functional purposes, they may also be decorative. Dental crowns are appropriate for fixing chipped teeth, spaces between teeth, and decay.

3.     Bonding

Cosmetic tooth bonding is a popular process for improving the appearance of chipped, broken, or stained teeth. The process uses a material which is bonded to the tooth.

4.     Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells made from composite or porcelain. They cover your teeth to hide imperfections. Veneers may be appropriate for fixing problems with your teeth shape, length, color, or size. Veneers can last up to 20 minutes without any problems.

5.     Teeth Shaping (Enamel Shaping)

If you are unhappy with the shape of your teeth, cosmetic teeth shaping may be a good option. During the process, your doctor will file down or remove a part of your enamel to give your teeth the desired shape. The results of this procedure are immediate.

6.     Dental Implants

Dental implants are metallic devices that may replace your missing teeth. The implants are inserted into your jawbone to take the place of missing teeth. They act as roots to anchor your artificial teeth.

7.     Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and outlays are indirect fillings. They are created in the lab to suit your specific needs. Your dentist may prescribe indirect fillings when you have mild to moderate tooth decay. Inlays are appropriate when your tooth cusps are intact. The inlay is applied directly to your tooth surface. Onlays are appropriate when the cusp is damaged.

8.     Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic cosmetic treatment is appropriate for both kids and adults. It is an effective way to fix crooked or buck teeth.

9.     Invisalign Braces

Even though braces are a common choice for kids, they may also be appropriate for adults. Invisalign braces can help you achieve a good smile and fix misalignment. The best thing about them is that people can’t see that you are wearing them. Even though they are a cosmetic option, Invisalign braces may help you treat issues such as chronic headaches and pain.

If you plan on getting cosmetic surgery, speak to your dentist about it in advance. They will help you understand your options and choose the most appropriate one.