Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you dissatisfied with the way your smile looks? You’re not alone. Many people want to upgrade smiles that are less than stellar due to congenital issues, wear and tear, effects of aging or damage due to injuries.

Cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Whether you want to brighten your pearly whites, hide defects, or correct the alignment of your teeth, there’s a cosmetic dentistry solution for you.

To learn more about the cosmetic dentistry treatments available at Belmont Dental and how they may benefit you, call our office to schedule a consultation.

Issues That Can Be Addressed By Cosmetic Dentistry

Various aesthetic problems can be corrected by cosmetic dentistry, including teeth that are:

  • Stained or discolored as a result of aging, which exposes the underlying yellow dentin
  • Chipped, cracked or broken
  • Misaligned
  • Undersized or disproportionate to neighboring teeth

Regardless of your concerns about your smile’s appearance, there’s likely some cosmetic dentistry treatment that can address it. You can learn more about the possible outcomes when you visit Belmont Dental for an evaluation.

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Common Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

  • Teeth whitening – to brighten and whiten teeth, as many as 8-10 shades with professional grade bleaching agents
  • Veneers – to hide minor defects in the smile
  • Dental Crowns – to restore a tooth that has suffered significant damage as a result of decay or injury
  • Onlays – to restore a tooth affected by a somewhat sizable cavity on the chewing surface
  • Orthodontic treatment – to move the teeth into their correct alignment

Additionally, cosmetic dentistry interventions can be used individually or combined into a smile makeover, depending on the patient’s needs and goals.

If you will be receiving multiple interventions, you should talk with your dentist so that you know what to expect from the sequencing of treatments and the anticipated timeline.

Benefits Of Cosmetic Dentistry

Of course, the most significant benefit of cosmetic dentistry is improving the smile’s appearance. This is the primary motivation that leads many patients to seek these treatments. However, cosmetic dentistry helps patients in other ways, as well.

For example, some cosmetic treatments also have a restorative function. That is, they repair damage to the tooth in order to preserve its structural integrity. These treatments, including dental crowns and onlays, can help patients save teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted.

When cosmetic interventions correct alignment problems with the smile, it can improve the patient’s ability to speak and chew properly. It may also reduce the risk of injuries to the patient’s soft oral tissues. In some cases, orthodontic treatment can even eliminate pain caused by a TMJ disorder.

Cosmetic dentistry can also boost a patient’s mood and self-confidence. If an unattractive smile is affecting your mental well-being, enhancing the smile’s appearance is likely to improve your self-esteem and your quality of life.

FAQs about Cosmetic Dentistry:

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a specialty that emphasizes improving the appearance of the smile and correcting defects, such as the shade or condition of the teeth. While some cosmetic treatments can also bolster the tooth’s structure, the primary objective of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance the smile’s aesthetics.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap made of materials that closely mimic the appearance of biological tooth enamel, such as porcelain or ceramics. A dental crown can be used to restore a damaged or decayed tooth or to make cosmetic enhancements. Belmont Dental offers CEREC crowns that are created in house, which condense the treatment timeframe from a few weeks to a few hours.

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a thin, tooth-shaped shell that is placed on the front surface of a biological tooth to hide aesthetic flaws like chips or cracks. Veneers may also be used to restore proportionality to an unusually small tooth or make a stretch of slightly crooked teeth look properly aligned. Veneers are often made of porcelain, which becomes quite strong when bonded to the teeth. These devices are customized so that the shade can be specifically matched to the patient’s biological teeth.

I have sensitive teeth, can I still whiten my teeth?

Tooth sensitivity can be a side effect associated with teeth whitening, but if you are already prone to this symptom, that doesn’t necessarily rule you out as a candidate for this treatment. However, you should work with your dentist to create a plan to minimize your risk of additional tooth sensitivity. For example, your dentist may instruct you to use a toothpaste that is specifically designed for sensitive teeth. You may also need to schedule follow-up treatments at longer intervals.