As the part of your body responsible for processing your food and voicing your thoughts multiple times a day, your mouth is your body’s most used tool. As such, it is subjected to a lot of stress and pressure every day.
Brushing and flossing your teeth, coupled with regular dental checkups and cleanings, can keep your teeth and gums healthy and operating properly. However, a lifetime of use can still leave its visible markings in the form of stains, craze lines, chips, cracks, and more. With the right cosmetic dentistry treatment, you can revitalize your smile’s youthful appearance so that it is as beautiful as it is healthy.
The Less-is-More Approach
If your teeth are healthy and their blemishes are merely cosmetic, you probably wouldn’t want to undergo an extensive dental procedure to correct the minor problem.
For instance, just because a tooth is stained does not mean that it should be topped with a dental crown; just because one or two teeth are oddly spaced does not mean that you need braces; and just because a tooth is chipped does not mean that it should be extracted.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on correcting these surfaces imperfections with little or no manipulation of your tooth’s structure. Stains can typically be erased or bleached successfully with professional teeth-whitening, or with dental bonding if the stain originates from within the tooth.
Chipped and oddly spaced teeth can also be corrected using cosmetic dental bonding, which consists of white composite resin bonded to the target area, then sculpted and polished to blend in with your tooth’s natural size, shape, and color.
For more advanced cases, we may suggest one or a series of porcelain veneers, which are crafted from lifelike dental porcelain and shaped to match the front surfaces of your teeth. The veneers are bonded to your teeth’s front surfaces, and are therefore able to correct a multitude of cosmetic issues without a multitude of cosmetic procedures.