Should You Consider Cosmetic Dentistry Services?
If you are thinking about cosmetic dentistry, but unsure if it is right for you consider these questions.
– Are you unhappy with certain aspects of your teeth?
– Have you noticed cracks and chips on parts of your teeth?
– Do you only want to improve certain aspects of your smile?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you are a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry services. Learning more about the common procedures and speaking with your dentist can help you figure out what needs to be done to get the smile you want.
Veneers are small, thin pieces of plastic or porcelain that are placed over the front of your teeth. They change the shape and the color of your teeth. Veneers are typically used for teeth that are oddly shaped, crooked, unevenly spaced, discolored, or chipped. In most cases, no anesthesia is necessary to place veneers.
This is a treatment option that is an alternative to crowns, which are much more costly. For veneers to be placed, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth. Prior to cementing the veneer on your tooth, your dentist will lightly buff the surface to ensure the veneer is flush with the other teeth. Porcelain veneers necessitate you visit the dentist several times and this procedure offers a longer life expectancy that bonding.
Teeth Whitening or Bleaching
Bleaching is a popular and common chemical process used to improve the color of your teeth. Many people invest in bleaching services to reduce the appearance of stains, while others just want to get a whiter shade.
Tooth discoloration takes place in the enamel and can be a reaction to certain medication, cigarettes, tea, and coffee. Also, discoloration of your teeth can be due to the aging process and hereditary.
Most dentists, including ours at 1st Family Dental in Burr Ridge, offer teeth whitening in the office, or can provide you with a kit to use at home. For treatment in the office, you will see immediate results; however, home treatment kids usually take two to four weeks to be noticeable.
This is a process used to fill in gaps or to change the color of your teeth. Bonding only takes one visit to the office and is more susceptible to chipping and staining than other restoration services. If teeth are slightly decayed or chipped, a bonded composite resin is usually the material of choice. This is also the material used for filling smaller cavities. It can also be used for closing spaces in between the teeth and covering the entire outside of a tooth to change its shape and color.
Reshaping and Contouring
The process of contouring and reshaping your teeth can help correct chipped or crooked teeth, as well as teeth that are irregularly shaped. This is a process that is often used to alter the position, shape, length of the teeth. Contouring the teeth may also help to correct small issues with a person’s bite. In many cases, bonding is used along with tooth reshaping.
Are Cosmetic Dental Procedures Right for Everyone?
Just like any other type of treatment, cosmetic dentistry procedures are not right for everyone. It is ideal for candidates who have healthy, normal teeth and who want to have small, subtle changes made to their smile. In most cases, prior to providing any cosmetic procedures, a dentist will X-ray the teeth to ensure that the procedure selected is right for a person’s unique needs.
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact us at 1st Family Dental today. We are dedicated to helping you get the smile you want and deserve. Our dentist will work with you to determine what procedures are right for your particular needs. They will also discuss what to expect from the treatments provided.
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