5 Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

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A beautiful smile can make you look and feel more confident. Over the last ten years, cosmetic dentistry has become an increasingly popular treatment for people who want to improve the quality of their smiles. Thanks to innovations in technology and increased accessibility, cosmetic dentistry is now more affordable, safer and faster than ever before.

In this blog post, we will discuss six popular cosmetic dentistry procedures that can enhance your smile, providing a refreshing and natural boost to your appearance!

Tooth Reshaping

Also known as dental contouring, tooth reshaping is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves using a dental drill to remove small amounts of tooth enamel to change the shape, size or position of teeth. It is often used to correct minor irregularities such as chips, cracks, gaps and misalignment.

The benefits of tooth reshaping include:

  • A more symmetrical and balanced smile
  • Improved appearance of teeth that are crooked, crowded or gapped
  • Correction of minor cosmetic flaws
  • No anesthesia is required

The limitations of tooth reshaping include:

  • It cannot correct major dental problems such as misalignment, chips and cracks
  • May not be suitable for everyone due to individual factors such as oral health or the amount of tooth enamel
  • The cosmetic enhancements are not permanent and may require maintenance over time

Teeth Whitening

This cosmetic dentistry procedure involves using a bleaching agent to remove stains from teeth. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in cosmetic dentistry. It can be used to correct stained or discolored teeth due to smoking, drinking red wine or coffee and other cosmetic problems.

You can either whiten your teeth in-chair using a laser or custom-made trays and whitening gel at home. Check out Putney Dental’s professional teeth whitening guide for more information on the difference between in-chair and home treatment options.

Benefits of teeth whitening include:

  • Fast and effective results
  • A brighter smile in just a matter of weeks!
  • Affordable cosmetic procedure with minimal risks involved
  • Can be performed in the comfort of your own home

Limitations of teeth whitening include:

  • Results may not be permanent and may need to be repeated over time
  • Whitening agents can cause tooth sensitivity for some people

Porcelain and Composite Veneers

Veneers are thin, translucent shells of ceramic that are bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They can be used to correct a wide range of cosmetic dental problems, such as cracked or chipped teeth, stained teeth, uneven tooth color, misaligned teeth and gapped teeth.

Composite veneers are made from resin (a type of plastic) and can be used for cosmetic purposes. They are a more affordable alternative to porcelain veneers but do not last as long, nor are they as strong or durable.

Benefits of porcelain and composite veneers include:

  • Correction of cosmetic problems such as stains, cracked or chipped teeth, gapped teeth and uneven tooth color
  • A more youthful appearance
  • Improved confidence in your smile!

Limitations of porcelain veneers include:

  • They are cosmetic restorations, so they do not improve the health of teeth or prevent future dental problems such as decay or gum disease.
  • Can be expensive, costing between $800 and $3000 per tooth
  • May not be suitable for everyone due to individual factors such as oral health or the amount of tooth enamel

Laser Gum Treatment

This cosmetic dentistry procedure is used to improve the appearance of gums by removing excess gum tissue, tightening loose gum tissue and reducing the size of gum pockets.

If you have a gummy smile or receding gums, then this laser treatment may be the cosmetic dentistry procedure for you!

Benefits of laser gum treatment include:

  • A more aesthetically pleasing smile due to improved gum appearance
  • Improved oral health as excess tissue and bacteria is removed, leading to a reduction in plaque and tartar build-up
  • Reduced risk of gum disease and tooth decay
  • No sutures are required

Limitations of laser gum treatment include:

  • May not be suitable for everyone due to individual factors such as oral health or the amount of gum tissue

Braces and Invisalign to Straighten Teeth

The cosmetic dentistry procedures braces and Invisalign can be used to rectify several cosmetic dental problems, such as crooked, gapped and overcrowded teeth.

Braces are metal wires that are fixed to the front surface of teeth and used to correct alignment issues. Invisalign is a clear plastic aligner that fits over your teeth and is used to straighten them in the same way as braces.

Benefits of braces and Invisalign include:

  • A more aesthetically pleasing smile due to straightened teeth
  • Improved oral health as food can be removed from between the teeth more efficiently, leading to a reduction in plaque build-up

Limitations of braces and Invisalign include:

  • They are cosmetic restorations, so they do not improve the health of teeth or prevent future dental problems such as decay or gum disease.
  • May not be suitable for everyone due to individual factors such as oral health, alignment issues and cosmetic preferences

As you can see, cosmetic dentistry has a range of benefits and limitations that need to be considered before undergoing any treatment. So, if you are considering a smile makeover, be sure to speak to your dentist about the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for you!