People choose esthetic dental procedures, including surgery, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s to repair a defect such as a malformed bite or crooked teeth, treat an injury, or improve the overall appearance of their teeth. Whatever the reason, the ultimate goal is to finish with a beautiful smile. This is why esthetic dentistry has become a vital part of the dental profession.
Common esthetic dental procedures are performed to correct discolored or chipped teeth, or replace missing teeth. Cosmetic dentistry also offers you the opportunity to change the shape and size of your teeth. Resizing teeth that are too long or short, filling in gaps between teeth, and adding dimension to teeth that are too small all fall under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry. Applying veneers to the surface of your teeth and whitening and bleaching are also considered cosmetic treatments.
Your dentist will complete an examination and discuss in detail your desires and expectations for improving your smile. Based on your dentist’s recommendations, you may take advantage of several methods or choose one over the other, such as veneers vs bonding to fill in gaps or chips in your teeth.
Dental bonding is one of several restorative treatments used to repair gaps or chips in teeth. It’s also sometimes used to change the color or dimension of teeth. During the process, your doctor applies a tooth-colored resin to the tooth and molds it to the desired shape. The material is then hardened by shining a bright light onto the treated tooth. Finally, your dentist trims and polishes it until it matches the appearance of the rest of the tooth.
Over-the-counter whitening products that you apply at home can sometimes irritate the soft tissues of your mouth and gums. The whitening treatments received at Trident Cosmetic and Family Dentistry are much less likely to cause discomfort due to the skill and training of the providers. Some patients report increased sensitivity in the teeth for a short time after a whitening treatment, but this typically fades quickly.
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