Getting the smile of their dreams is something that everyone desires. But, it is easier said than done as several hurdles stand in our way. Oral issues such as cavities, discoloration, malocclusion, gum infections, plaque and tartar accumulation, external damage, missing teeth, etc. deny us that flawless smile.
Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dental science that focuses mainly on enhancing the appearance of the smile. It involves several restorative and non-invasive procedures that not only improve the aesthetics of the smile, but also give your mouth a functional upgrade. Some of the popular cosmetic dental procedures are Fillings, Crowns, bridges, Implants, Veneers, Bonding, Teeth whitening, Oral cleaning, and Orthodontic treatment solutions.
Dental fillings are either made from composite resin or ceramic. Earlier, metals such as mercury and gold were being used widely as a filling material. But their use is being limited now due to certain disadvantages that they pose. Fillings are commonly used to restore teeth that are infected by cavities. They are also used to fix teeth that are chipped, cracked or misshapen. Since they are made from tooth-colored material, they are difficult to distinguish from the natural enamel.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are also known as dental caps as they cover a tooth in its entirety. They are widely used to treat teeth that are cracked, chipped, misshapen, worn out, etc. Bridges are prosthetic teeth that act as a replacement for extracted natural ones. A bridge is firmly held in position by crowns on either side. Both crowns and bridges are made from tooth-colored ceramic material, which enhances the oral aesthetics.
Implants are regarded as the best replacement for natural teeth by dentists from all over the world. A metal post is inserted into the jawbone in place of the extracted tooth. A visible ceramic crown will be placed on the metal post to act as a replacement tooth. They are highly sought-after due to excellent strength, durability, stability, and longevity.
Veneers are ceramic restorations that are wafer-thin and fit exactly on the face of a tooth. They help to hold a tooth intact by treating minor cracks, restore chipped and misshapen teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, etc. They do not add a lot of volume to the existing tooth structure as they are quite thin. Yet, they are functionally excellent.
Composite bonding involves the application of a composite resinous material on the surface of a tooth to alter its shape, structure, and to treat minor cracks and cavities. They are mainly used to treat teeth that are chipped due to external trauma or naturally misshapen. They can be hardened using a curing light of a suitable wavelength.
Teeth staining is a pretty common thing among individuals of all age groups. Excessive consumption of colored foods and improper brushing techniques are the major culprits behind stained teeth. We can enhance the color of your teeth using our advanced teeth whitening techniques, that can be done at our practice or at the comfort of your house.
In addition to the above-stated treatment procedures, we offer oral cleanings to remove the accumulated plaque and tartar from the teeth, gum contouring to reshape the gum tissues, and orthodontic solutions to alter the alignment of the teeth.
Call our practice at (760) 931-0144 or schedule an online appointment to discuss with our excellent team about your cosmetic dental needs.