4 Popular Treatments Used in Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry makes it possible for you to restore the appearance of your smile if you are unhappy with the way they look. This is a type of dental care that focuses primarily on improving the aesthetics of teeth.

When it comes to fixing the way teeth look, there are a variety of treatments that can be used to improve them.

Common cosmetic dentistry treatments

1. Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening treatments are one of the most common procedures done by cosmetic dentists. Who would not want to have a set of pearly, white teeth? There are many over-the-counter options when it comes to improving the appearance of teeth, but none of these compare to the type of whitening treatments performed by dentists. Dentists have access to significantly more powerful whitening agents that can leave teeth up to ten shades whiter after a single session.

A customized tray is typically made for the patient before whitening treatments, and this helps to keep the solutions used to bleach teeth away from the gums.

2. Composite bonding

Composite bonding can be used to address a range of dental issues. It is used to treat stained, discolored, disfigured, chipped or fractured teeth. These composites are the same color as real teeth, so they blend in when used to repair teeth.

Dentists typically use phosphoric acid to prepare the tooth being treated for the composite; then the putty-like material is applied to the tooth. The composite is shaped as desired and it is hardened with ultraviolet light.

3. Veneers

Veneers can be used to fix a wide range of issues like stains and discoloration that are not responsive to whitening treatments and small gaps in a person's smile. A veneer is a thin, shell-like prosthetic that is used to cover the front of a tooth. It functions as a mask that hides all the imperfections on the front of the tooth.

Veneers also make it easier to keep teeth looking white since they are often made out of materials like porcelain and ceramics that are stain resistant.

During the procedure, the dentist will remove a small portion of the enamel of the tooth to make way for the veneer. Veneers can be fitted during a single visit to the dentist with CEREC technology.

4. Dentures

Dentures are another prosthetic that is commonly used in cosmetic dentistry. It is used mainly by people who have lost most of their natural teeth. Dentures are one of the cheapest ways to replace missing teeth, and getting a set does not require any surgery.

The dentist takes an impression of the patient's mouth, and those measurements are sent to a lab where the prosthetic is made. It usually takes a few weeks for the dentures to be made. Once ready, the dentist will teach the patient how to insert, remove and clean the prosthetic.

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Request a dental appointment here: https://www.woodlandhillsdentist.org or call John M. Chaves, DDS at (818) 473-1134 for an appointment in our Woodland Hills dental office.

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