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Cosmetic Dentistry: What It Is & Types Of Treatment

June 11, 2021

Sometimes, a straight set of pearly whites is all that’s needed to improve one’s confidence. Not only does enhancing your appearance boost your self-esteem, but studies show that it can improve your quality of life as well. If you’ve ever considered transforming your smile, you may have heard about cosmetic dentistry. Read on to learn more about what this specialty is and the different cosmetic dental treatments offered.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a medical specialty that primarily focuses on improving the appearance of your bite, teeth, or gums. Dentists use this term to describe any dental work that enhances dental aesthetics, but not always oral health. It can correct a range of flaws and imperfections, including tooth discoloration, gaps, uneven gums, crooked teeth, and more. While most procedures are considered non-essential, some are medically necessary and provide restorative benefits.  

Types of Cosmetic Dental Treatments

Nowadays, several types of cosmetic dental treatments are available to meet unique goals and needs. Always consult with your cosmetic dentist to determine which procedure is best for your smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, high-quality porcelain shells that are adhered to the front surfaces of your teeth. They effectively disguise any flaw, from severe stains to bothersome chips and cracks. Veneers are color-matched to the enamel of your surrounding teeth, giving you a seamless, pristine, and natural-looking smile. Plus, the material is durable, meaning you can enjoy your new pearly whites for years to come with proper dental care.

Metal-Free Restorations

If you have one (or more) teeth that need repair, metal-free restorations may be the solution for you. Dental porcelain is used to effectively recreate the strength, color, and appearance of your natural enamel. Today, more and more dentists are using this material to make fillings, dental crowns, bridges, and inlays, and onlays. In just one appointment, you can repair your smile with dental work that’s indistinguishable from your other teeth!

Cosmetic Bonding

Do you have minor chips, stains, or gaps? Cosmetic bonding is a fast, budget-friendly option that can correct these issues in as little as one hour! This treatment involves using a color-matched composite resin to conceal slight imperfections. Your dentist will sculpt the material to perfection, creating a flawless smile that you can enjoy for over a decade.

Teeth Whitening

It’s normal for teeth to become yellow, stained, or dull-looking over time. It’s simply the result of age, lifestyle, and even genetics. Luckily, professional teeth whitening treatments can eliminate those stubborn stains and take years off your grin! Plus, take-home kits are available so you can brighten your pearly whites from the comfort of your home. After treatment, you can expect to enjoy brilliantly white teeth, a boost to your self-confidence, and a youthful appearance!

Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, the days of hiding your smile can be far behind you. So, talk to your dentist about one of these dental treatments, and before you know it, you’ll be beaming with confidence once again.

About the Practice

Our team at Rowlett Dental Associates goes above and beyond to provide high-quality clinical care and personalized customer service. We have several experienced dentists on staff who offer services ranging from checkups to implants to cosmetic dentistry. Our cosmetic dental treatments can boost your self-esteem and give you a healthy, beautiful smile you’ll never stop showing off. To learn more about your options, visit our website or call (469) 299-8462.

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