Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of general dental care that focuses on improving the appearance of a patient’s smile. Most often, cosmetic treatments involve procedures that will give teeth a whiter, straighter, and more uniform appearance. Some of the more common treatments are whitening and bonding for minor chips and cracks. More intensive treatments include veneers and crown restorations.
Dental patients who are embarrassed by their smiles will often seek out cosmetic dentists to help them achieve a smile they are proud of.
When it comes to enhancing one’s smile, there is a wide range of cosmetic services available from dentists. A few of the most common treatments are teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and dental implants. These treatments are designed to target several different issues, including stains, pits, chips, spacing issues, and broken or missing teeth.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures out there. In-office teeth whitening can whiten your teeth by up to seven shades in about an hour. It is a non-invasive procedure that does not require anesthesia, and most people experience no side effects or pain during or after treatment. This is a great option if you want to quickly get a smile full of pearly whites. For the best results possible, be sure to see your dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations.
Dental veneers are a great way to mask stains and discolored dentition. Because they are custom-made to fit your smile perfectly, no one will know that you have them in place. Veneers are also stain resistant, and they can last for many years with proper care. In some cases, your cosmetic dentist may suggest a combination of teeth whitening and veneers to give you the bright white smile that you want. Veneers are tooth-colored shells that are adhered to the front of your teeth to create a flawless finish. You’ll still need to maintain good oral health habits to keep your smile looking its best for years to come, but porcelain veneers are a beautiful way to take years off your appearance.
For a tooth with a cavity too large to fill, dental crowns are an ideal solution. They are created from strong materials such as porcelain and metal and fit over an existing tooth to restore its strength and shape. Since a crown covers the entire visible portion of the affected tooth, it can improve its appearance dramatically. Your dentist can create a strong and durable crown for your injured tooth, so you can enjoy a beautiful and healthy smile again.
Call Dr. Ronald F. Jacob, DMD, at (386) 445-6111 if you wish to learn more about ways to maintain good oral health. We are located at 17 Old King's Road N, Palm Coast, FL 32137. If you have any questions about teeth whitening, give our dental office a call. We’re happy to answer them. Happy holidays!