What Are The Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments?

What Are The Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments?

Posted by Dr. Thomas Flavin Aug 27,2022

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Many patients are interested in cosmetic dentistry treatments because they can improve their smile’s appearance, as well as their confidence. While there are numerous options from which to choose, here are the most common and effective options for patients to enhance their smiles.

Teeth Whitening

Certain foods and beverages, smoking, certain medications, genetics, etc., can cause tooth stains. These foods and beverages include coffee, tea, chocolate, wine, tomato sauce, berries, soy sauce, curry, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and more. The only way to completely remove these types of stains is to whiten the teeth at your dentist’s office.

If you have dull or discolored teeth, you can achieve a lighter shade of white by undergoing a professional whitening treatment. During the procedure, the dentist will place a protective barrier over the gums and apply the whitening gel. This will prevent irritation, gum sensitivity, and other side effects from occurring. Once the process is complete, you’ll want to maintain a brighter smile by practicing good oral hygiene at home and avoiding food and drinks that cause staining.

Dental Implants

Implants are one of the most durable and natural-looking teeth restorations. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and fuse with the bone over time. Once the implants are fully fused to the jawbone, they can be restored with a dental crown or bridge. Dental implants can also replace full sets of teeth when used in conjunction with implant-supported dentures or All-on-4® treatment.

Porcelain Veneers

One of the most common cosmetic dental procedures is the placement of porcelain veneers. These thin shells of tooth-colored material are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. These restorations can conceal a variety of smile flaws, including gaps, stains, and chips. They also offer more structural integrity than standard bonding. They are typically made from porcelain but can also be made of resin composite.

Veneers are custom-made to look natural and blend seamlessly with your smile. They can improve the appearance of a single tooth or your entire smile. 

Dentists use porcelain veneers to disguise a number of smile flaws and enhance the aesthetics of your smile. These wafer-thin restorations are bonded to the front of the teeth to cover imperfections such as discoloration, misalignment, cracks, and chips. The fabrication process takes weeks and requires two appointments. At the first appointment, the dentist will shape and polish the teeth to prepare for the veneer placement. During the second visit, the veneers will be affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth with dental cement. The entire treatment process can take several weeks to complete. However, the results can last for upwards of 20 years with proper care and maintenance.

To learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services and how they can benefit you, schedule a consultation with our dentists today!

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