With the constant evolution of social media, people are becoming more concerned with their image and living up to the societal standards set by celebrities with their beautiful features and flawless teeth. Everyone wants to feel beautiful, and as a society, we are no longer satisfied with the results of brushing and flossing alone.
Today, the average person is likely to invest in over-the-counter teeth whiteners in search of perfection. But the truth is, there are better, more effective options to improve your smile that last much longer.
Introducing the field of cosmetic dentistry. It’s no surprise that cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever; from whitening and shaping, to closing spaces and replacing teeth, dentists now have a wide array of tools and techniques at their disposal for improving the look of your smile, sometimes in just one visit!
Thanks to the introduction of the CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) machine, Dr. Cash now provides same-day crowns and veneers! This technology is fast, safe, and provides a natural-looking restoration that will stand the test of time.
Common cosmetic dentistry procedures include bleaching, crowns, veneers and bridges. Read on to learn more about each procedure and which one is right for you.
Bleaching / Teeth Whitening
Bleaching is a common and popular chemical process used to erase stains and brighten your smile up to 10 shades whiter. Professional teeth whitening can be performed in one of two ways: an in-office procedure or with take-home whitening trays.
With the take-home system, Dr. Cash will create a custom mouthpiece tray that ensures the right amount of whitening solution reaches your teeth. Typically, whitening at home takes two to four weeks depending on the shade you’re aiming for, while in-office whitening can brighten your smile up to ten shades in just one hour.
Crowns, also known as caps, cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. Due to their cost, they are used in cases where other procedures will not be effective. Crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. While veneers are an alternative to crowns and bonding, they are typically a little cheaper than crowns and have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth and can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination. During this procedure, the bridge is anchored onto surrounding teeth after preparing them for crowns. Porcelain bridges can also be anchored with a dental implant to ensure the most stable and secure result possible.
Other cosmetic dentistry services include bonding, contouring, and reshaping.
If you’re interested in exploring cosmetic dentistry options, give us a call to schedule your next appointment. During your consultation, Dr. Cash will discuss which treatment options will best help you meet your needs and get you on the path towards optimal oral health and a beautiful, radiant smile.
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(Source: The Dental Geek and KnowYourTeeth.com)