Cosmetic dentistry has made it possible for us to drastically improve the appearance of our teeth and smile, but without resorting to measures that require excessive removal of the tooth structure.
And although it’s true that cosmetic dental procedures are primarily focused on beauty and aesthetics, there are also times when they are essential to restoring the health and functionality of your teeth.
If you think your smile can use a little (or a lot of) help, you might want to consider one of these popular cosmetic dentistry options and their benefits.
If you want to achieve a more radiant smile in almost no time at all, this is the convenient solution you’ve been looking for!
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures for several reasons: it’s quick, it’s effective, and it’s affordable. Yes, cosmetic dentistry costs aren’t always as expensive as you assumed they would be.
Dental whitening is an excellent option for people whose teeth are generally in good shape, but could use some brightening. While you can easily purchase DIY teeth whitening products over the counter, store-bought whiteners rarely produce desired results, even after weeks of application.
On the other hand, in-office whitening procedures may be costlier, but an experienced cosmetic dentist can lighten teeth discoloration in just a couple of hours. Most cosmetic dental clinics also offer take-home custom teeth whitening trays that are multiple times more effective than over-the-counter kits. Use them regularly and you can expect to see results after a week or two.
Professional teeth whitening will not only transform your smile, but make your teeth healthier and stronger as well.
Have you ever wondered how your favorite Hollywood stars achieved those perfect-looking teeth of theirs? We’ll let you in on a secret – many of them have had dental veneers installed. Veneers have been the gold standard in cosmetic dental procedures for years, and they’re often the treatment of choice for celebrities.
Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells fitted over the surface of your teeth and held in place by a strong adhesive. Cosmetic dentists usually use veneers to correct chipped, gapped, or overcrowded teeth and give them a neater, more proportionate appearance. They can also help make severely stained teeth look healthy again.
Veneer treatments can be quite costly as each porcelain piece is customized for the patient and carefully designed to match the color and shape of the surrounding teeth. However, for those who seek to dramatically improve the beauty of their smiles, porcelain veneers can be a worthwhile long-term solution.
If you have chipped or deeply stained teeth but porcelain veneers are just way out of your budget, composite bonding is another option worth looking at. This procedure uses composite resin (typically the same as the ones used for white dental fillings) to cover cracks, gaps, discoloration, and any visible damage in the tooth enamel, so your smile can look fresh and more natural again.
Aside from being cost-effective, another advantage of composite bonding over dental veneers is that the entire process can be done in a single visit to the dentist. Composite resin, however, is nowhere near as strong as porcelain, which means your enamel bonding could crack if you bite into something hard and may need replacing frequently.
Traditional braces get the job done, but they can be very uncomfortable and cumbersome to wear. If you want to correct your misaligned teeth, but minus the “brace-face” and distress, go for Invisalign!
Invisalign braces are made with clear plastic, shaped to fit your teeth perfectly. This new alternative to wire braces has made waves in dentistry because aside from being as effective as their predecessors, they’re virtually invisible! People can hardly tell you’re wearing them. And guess, what? Unlike traditional braces, you can remove them anytime you need or want to.
Whether you need a minor tooth restoration or wish for a complete makeover with veneers or bonding, our experienced Scottsdale cosmetic dentists can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted!
Schedule an appointment with us to find out which procedure best suits your dental needs and goals.