Everything you Need to Know About Cosmetic Dentistry

The perfect smile is hard to come by naturally. Even when you keep up with your dental health, it’s possible to have minor imperfections, like chips or crooked teeth. These little problems may seem like a big deal to you, but with professional cosmetic dentistry, they can be easily fixed!

At Brent C. Lin D.D.S. , a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments are available to solve all your smile concerns. Our professionals can have you beaming an Instagram-ready smile makeover with affordable, accessible dental procedures!

Cosmetic Dentistry

The field of cosmetic dentistry has bloomed significantly in the past decade. What was once considered an expensive and extravagant dental procedure is now commonplace, and most treatments are simple.

Whether you’re hoping to fix those minor crooked teeth you thought you were stuck with, want a brighter smile, or have experienced trauma to your teeth that caused damage, there’s probably a procedure to help!

Some popular dental work offered in the field of cosmetic dentistry includes:

Veneers

Think of a veneer as a covering over your tooth that lets it blend right in with the rest of your natural smile. Veneers are one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures offered because they fix a wide variety of imperfections.

Porcelain veneers and dental porcelain laminates can be used to change your teeth’ size if you think they’re too large or small. They’re also great for widening and narrowing a tooth and adjusting the shades or discoloration to match the rest of your teeth.

Veneers are super-thin shells that are made of porcelain or composite materials. Because they are already tooth-like, it’s easy to have the coloring adjusted to match your natural smile.

However, not everyone is a candidate for veneers. These wafer-thin coverings are bonded to your enamel with a type of safe dental cement. Before you undergo the process, your dentist will evaluate you and look at your x-rays to ensure there is enough healthy material in the target tooth to bond well to the veneer without damaging the current enamel.

For chips, gaps, and discolorations, the cosmetic dental treatment of veneers might be the solution to your problem!

Teeth whitening procedures

Discolored teeth are an issue for the majority of people at some point. This process occurs gradually, often without being observed until it’s already happened. Discoloration is the result of things like hereditary conditions, certain medications that are taken long-term, and your habits. What you eat and drink, engaging in nicotine habits, and lack of proper dental care all can add up to yellowing or browning teeth.

The good news is that most of these problems can be fixed with a professional whitening treatment. Over-the-counter whitening kits are not always safe and aren’t as effective as professional-strength products used as dental offices. Instead of taking the chance that the OTC kit could damage your enamel or cause sensitivity to your gums, talk to your dentist about in-office or take-home whitening treatments.

In-office professional whitening procedures are easily inserted into your day. They’re quick and effective, and you may even notice that your teeth are whiter before you leave the office! After your treatment, you can complete your routine tasks, as long as you’re careful about what you eat and drink. The dentist will give you aftercare instructions to follow.

Our in-office whitening kits use a professional-grade bleaching gel made of higher quality and stronger ingredients than any over-the-counter kit. When you combine the better quality and care with the services provided in the office, like a whitening light, you get faster, longer-lasting results safely.

The typical in-office treatment for whitening your teeth is simple. First, the hygienist will clean your teeth and prepare them for the bleaching agent. A liquid covering goes over your gums to keep them safe and protected from the whitening gel. This prevents sensitivity of the gums and is essential, but also not possible with at-home kits.

The bleaching agent then works by opening the dentin, or pores, in your enamel. The gel enters your dentin, whitening it, and strengthening it over time. To get the fastest results, a special light might be used. When this light is shone over your mouth after the gel is applied, it helps the bleaching gel to absorb into the dentin faster.

The purpose of this speedy treatment benefits you in two main ways. One advantage is that you get whiter teeth faster than you would with other whitening procedures. But more importantly, it reduces the length of time that the bleaching agent would otherwise have been on your teeth, increasing the safety factor of your procedure.

Once your whitening session is done, the dentist will provide you with instructions to get the maximum results from your bleaching process.

Cosmetic crowns

Another common cosmetic treatment is the versatile crowns. These are used by dentists to treat patients who have damaged, uneven, or unsightly teeth. “Caps,” or crowns, are frequently prescribed and performed in dental offices. 

The typical procedure to have a crown placed on your tooth starts with an examination. The dentist will take x-rays and evaluate your overall oral health, including your jaw bone density. From there, if a crown is considered safe for you, a custom-made covering for your tooth will be made. This will be shaded just for you to match the rest of your teeth naturally.

When it’s time to place the crown, you’ll be scheduled for a small procedure. At this time, the crown, which will be made from tooth-colored porcelain or acrylic, will be fused to a small piece of safe metal. The metal is placed in your mouth and affixed to it to keep the crown secure.

Once the two are connected, they work together to cover your tooth completely, like a cap. This combination of security and coverage allows the new “tooth” to function like your natural ones, so you can chew and bite like normal. 

Crowns are the go-to choice for many dentists when their patients have broken or damaged teeth or need to give the tooth time to become strong again after a root canal. Crowns can also reduce the damage caused by deep cavities and reduce decay from spreading.

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When you’re ready to have your smile makeover, call Brent C. Lin, DDS to see how our cosmetic treatments can give you the dazzling smile of your dreams!