Cosmetic dentistry is a little different than traditional dentistry. For the most part, the difference lies with the focus and intent of the care. Traditional dentistry focuses on oral health and prevention. Cosmetic dentistry emphasizes improving the appearance or aesthetics of your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry can make your smile shine!
There are many different aspects to cosmetic dentistry. Many of them include the use of dental restorations. Yet, there are a few others as well.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry improves the appearance of your smile. There are a variety of different treatments within dentistry considered “cosmetic,” all of which can improve your smile and may also help your oral health as well.
Dental bonding uses a composite resin to improve the appearance of your teeth in many ways. Sometimes damage happens to teeth. You have an accident, or chomp down on something hard that chips, breaks, or cracks a tooth. A dental cavity has left your tooth weakened in a particular spot. Whatever the reason for the defect, dental bonding can repair the tooth and restore its appearance, but that’s not all.
Dental bonding can also improve the appearance of heavily stained teeth. Often, teeth whitening corrects this, but that is not always the case. Some types of stains are challenging, if not impossible to remove. Some dark and internal (intrinsic) stains are that way. For stains that do not improve with teeth whitening, dental bonding can help.
Dental bonding can also lengthen a short tooth or recontour a misshapen tooth. There is a lot that dental bonding can accomplish. Come in for a visit at Stetson Hills Dental and ask Dr. Moore what dental bonding can do for you.
Professional Teeth Whitening at Stetson Hills Dental
Teeth whitening sessions are often what we think of when we consider cosmetic dentistry. That’s because aesthetics are the main goal with whitening sessions. We want to have the brightest smile possible because our smile says a lot about us. It portrays:
- Social Status, and
Teeth whitening can boost these attributes and more. The type of teeth whitening you choose matters. Each method and product will produce different results during differ in treatment times. There are three main kinds of teeth whitening:
- Retail whiteners;
- Chair side whitening; and,
- Professional whitening trays
Retail, over-the-counter or do-it-yourself teeth whiteners generally include toothpaste, trays, strips, solutions. They are best when you are between professional whitening sessions. Retail whiteners often fall short if your aim is to achieve your brightest smile in a short amount of time. They take much longer to whiten your teeth than professional products. This is because their bleaching agents are not as potent as those used by your dentist.
Professional whitening systems can whiten teeth much faster than their do-it-yourself whitening counterparts. Professional whitening takes place under the direction and supervision of your dentist. Chairside whitening can help you reach your brightest smile in as little as an hour. Sometimes more than one session is needed to reach the final desired result. Your experience depends on your individual situation, specifically the type and severity of the stains.
Professional whitening trays are another option. Dr. Moore can provide these for use at home to achieve a bright smile within a period of 1 to 2 weeks on average. He may suggest these for helping to maintain your results at intervals following your initial whitening treatment.
Dental Implants are another great option in cosmetic dentistry. They are replacement titanium tooth roots that anchor to your jaw bone. Like many other dental products, they have more than one use. The main purpose of dental implants is to serve as a replacement for one or more missing teeth. Yet, they are also often used for other things, like securing a partial denture in place.
Dental Bridges provide a cost effective restorative solution to one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are replacement teeth attached to an acrylic pink gum. They come in two main varieties: fixed and removable. Fixed dentures are cemented in place. Removable dental bridges are held in position by clasps that connect with the abutting teeth on either side.
Dentures are available as a full or complete set of replacement teeth attached to pink gums, or a partial set. They use suction to secure themselves in place. Yet, some people prefer the added security of denture adhesives.
Cosmetic dentistry has a lot to offer and Stetson Hills Dental can help. Have you considered what cosmetic dentistry can do for you? Give us a call today at (719) 694-0400 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Moore can help you create a personalized dental plan that’s right for you.