Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental procedure that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth and smile. Cosmetic dentistry focuses more on the appearance of the teeth than their health. It can involve fixing broken or cracked teeth, whitening teeth that are discolored, fixing teeth that are worn down, closing gaps in between teeth, or making a smile look straighter.
Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that can cover several procedures, such as:
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your smile. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length. They are used to fix teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, misaligned, or uneven.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can brighten your smile in several shades. While there are many over-the-counter whitening treatments, professional teeth whitening in your dentist’s office is safer and much more effective. It also removes deep stains and discolorations that over-the-counter products can’t.
With in-office teeth whitening, your dentist applies a whitening gel to your teeth, then uses a special light to activate the gel. In-office whitening will brighten your smile to several shades in just one office visit. You’ll also leave our office with a whiter smile.
Dental bonding is a fast, safe, and affordable way to fix a variety of minor dental issues. Tooth-colored composite resin material can be applied directly to a tooth, sculpted, and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Dental bonding is typically used for small chips, cracks, or discolorations and can last for several years.
Dental implants replace missing teeth or stabilize dentures. They are comprised of a titanium post or screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone. This implant then fuses with the jawbone over several months. Once this has happened, the post or screw is topped with a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth and restoring the smile.
A dental bridge is a dental device that fills a space from a missing tooth. A dental bridge has three parts: two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and one pontic, or false tooth, in between. The bridge is secured in place with a dental adhesive.
Dental crowns are used to repair broken teeth, conceal severely stained teeth, and add a layer of protection between teeth. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, cover dental implants, and anchor orthodontic appliances such as braces.
If you’re unclear about the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for you, contact Dental Arts of Boston at (617) 266-0441 today to book an appointment with Boston Dentist. Our team can offer guidance and make product recommendations for your unique smile.