What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do for You?

“Cosmetic Dentistry.” You’ve heard the term before but maybe you aren’t aware there are a variety of new techniques in dental care that can restore your smile. Our Savannah doctors are excellent cosmetic dentists. They want you to feel great about your teeth and achieve the results you’ve always wanted. It’s worth the trip to our office.

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Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

Cosmetic dentistry includes a wide range of procedures that are designed to make your smile the best that it can be. If your teeth are healthy but unsightly, cosmetic dentistry can give you the smile you have always dreamed of. If you need fillings or other procedures to restore your oral health, they will be performed first, providing an optimal blank slate for your smile makeover. Tooth whitening and veneers are two of the most popular, but are by no means the only available cosmetic dentistry procedures.

A smile makeover is a cosmetic enhancement of your smile. It differs from a full mouth reconstruction in that a smile makeover is elective and is performed for aesthetic reasons, while a full mouth reconstruction is essential and is performed to remove disease.

Your smile makeover begins with a comprehensive assessment of your current smile and your goals for the makeover. You might bring in photos of smiles that you like or even of your own smile at a younger age.

Your dentist will consider numerous factors, such as tooth length and proportion, tooth texture and color, your facial shape and fullness, the alignment of your teeth, and even your overall facial geography. Together, you and your dentist will develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Treatments depend on your individual needs but might include some combination of cosmetic dentistry like orthodontics, porcelain veneers, dental implants, composite bonding, and tooth whitening. A full smile makeover typically takes several visits to complete, as each treatment must be performed in a particular sequence for maximum benefits.

If areas of a tooth are worn down or broken off, a crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, can be placed over the remaining tooth structure to save and strengthen it. Today’s crowns are made to have a very accurate fit and restore the full functionality of a tooth. They look so good no one will know it is not your natural tooth.

One of the easiest and least costly procedures in cosmetic dentistry is dental bonding, which uses a tooth-colored composite resin to repair issues such as chipping, discoloration, or small gaps. Unlike lab-created porcelain veneers, dental bonding can be completed in a single visit.

First, your dentist will select a shade of resin that most closely matches the natural color of the tooth. Then, he or she will lightly abrade, or roughen, the tooth surface and coat it with a conditioner. Next, your dentist will apply the putty-like resin to your tooth and gently mold it into the desired position and shape. Finally, a dental laser or specialized light will harden the material.

Your dentist will then trim and shape the hardened material as needed before polishing it to match the tooth’s natural sheen. Bonding typically takes 30 minutes to an hour per tooth.

Dental bonding is more prone to staining than porcelain veneers. For the first 48 hours, avoid eating or drinking tooth-staining foods and beverages, and do not smoke. Be sure to brush your teeth frequently and have them professionally cleaned twice a year or as instructed by your dentist.

When a tooth is more damaged or decayed than a filling can correct, but the damage is not extensive enough to require a crown, dental inlays and onlays can help. An inlay sits between the tooth’s cusps, covering the center surface. An onlay may cover one cusp or the entire chewing surface of the tooth.

Most of the time, dental inlays and onlays are crafted from highly realistic, long-lasting dental porcelain. If budget is a concern, though, they can be made from composite resin. If additional strength is needed, gold may be used. Your cosmetic dentist will help you decide what is best for you.

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