What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
A survey performed by the American Dental Association found that 35% of young adults felt embarrassed about the condition of their mouth and teeth, with 33% saying that they avoid smiling due to this embarrassment<1>. This is a real problem, and one that cosmetic dentistry aims to treat.
While the first priority of dentistry is to ensure the oral health of the patient, cosmetic dentistry goes beyond just the treatment of oral conditions, allowing dentists to improve the appearance of someone’s smile as well.
Cosmetic dentistry can treat a number of issues such as:
- Cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth
- Tooth discoloration
- Misaligned teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Missing teeth
- Gummy smile
- Receding gums
Looking for a Cosmetic Dentist?
As most people tend to be unfamiliar with all of the different types of dental specialties (such as periodontists, orthodontists, and prosthodontists), you may not be aware that “cosmetic dentist” is not a recognized specialty. Instead, cosmetic dental treatments can be performed by General Dentists such as Dr. Dave and Dr. Mike. At Twin Dental, we understand that, just as good oral health is crucial, how a person feels about their smile is important to their self-esteem and overall well-being, so we take cosmetic procedures as seriously as any of the dental treatments we perform.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments
Our goal is to improve the health and function of your teeth as well as the appearance of your smile, which is why we offer procedures that keep all of these factors in mind. Below are some typical types of treatment we perform and how they can improve the appearance of your smile.
Formerly, cavities were addressed using silver-amalgam fillings that were dark and could be visible when you smile. We use tooth-colored composite resin fillings that match the look of your tooth for minimal impact on your appearance.
Chipped or cracked teeth can be made to look like new again with dental bonding. The process uses a tooth-colored composite material to repair minor tooth damage and imperfections. Bonding can even extend teeth in order to close small gaps between teeth or even them in order to create a more uniform-looking smile.
Teeth can become discolored from age, injuries, prescription medications, food and drink, smoking, and more. If you would like your teeth to be whiter, ask us if teeth whitening will work for you.
Porcelain Veneers – Lumineers
For those who are looking for a complete cosmetic smile makeover, porcelain veneers might be the right treatment for you. Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth to give your smile a completely new appearance.
A dental crown is a type of restoration that encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. They can be recommended for teeth that are heavily damaged or have structural weaknesses. Dental crowns look virtually identical to natural teeth.
Tooth recontouring and reshaping can make minor adjustments to the look and feel of teeth by removing minimal amounts of tooth enamel. Often combined with bonding, tooth recontouring can be used to adjust the shape of teeth that are too long, or remove minor chips or defects.
Crooked smiles, overbites, crossbones, and other teeth alignment problems can be addressed with braces or clear aligner trays. Properly aligned teeth can not only improve the appearance of your smile, but they can also make speaking, eating, and maintaining good home oral hygiene easier.
Dental implants are an optimal solution for a patient who is missing teeth. The implants, which serve as the base of the new tooth, are surgically placed into the jawbone and require time to heal before a crown is fixed over top. Once finished, the implant/crown combo flawlessly mimics the look and function of a natural tooth. Implants can also be used in combination with other restorations for missing teeth such as partial and complete dentures.