Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more popular than ever. At one time it may have been primarily for the wealthy and celebrities. But now there are lots of options and price ranges that make a better smile a possibility for millions of people.
There are many procedures and options to treat discolored, chipped, or missing teeth. Your dentist can close spaces between teeth, reshape teeth, restore worn or short teeth and alter the length of your teeth. This is often done through bleaching, crowns, bonding, veneers, reshaping or contouring.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Traditional dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of your teeth, mouth, and smile.
- Teeth Whitening
Teeth can become stained or discolored over time, especially from smoking, taking medications, or drinking beverages like coffee and tea. Using a chemical process, Dr. Pastrell can bleach your teeth in one of two ways. He can do an in-office procedure or give you a process to use at home. Whiter teeth can be noticed within 1-2 office visits or 2-4 weeks of treatment at home. Keep in mind, your teeth can become discolored again over time if you keep exposing them to the substances that originally stained them.
Bonding can improve the way your teeth look if they have spaces between them, are broken, chipped, cracked, or stained. Dr. Pastrell can usually do this procedure in one office visit. Bonding can last for several years, but it is likely it can chip or wear down again over time.
Veneers are thin pieces of plastic or porcelain placed on the front teeth to change the shape or color of your teeth. Veneers are ideal for teeth with uneven surfaces, or teeth that are chipped, oddly shaped, discolored, unevenly spaced, or crooked. Veneers are used to treat some of the same problems as bonding. Veneers often have a longer life expectancy than bonding.
- Tooth reshaping
Also known as dental contouring, this procedure involves changing the teeth to improve their appearance by modifying or removing enamel. Tooth reshaping is often combined with bonding.
- Crown lengthening
This can help with a smile with more gums and teeth showing. This procedure is also used for an uneven gum line. Excess gum tissue is removed to show more of the tooth’s crown and make the teeth appear longer. This involves minor oral surgery.
- Smile makeovers
This is like a face lift for the mouth. Several cosmetic dentistry procedures may be required to improve the overall look of the patient’s smile.
Which procedure is best for me?
Dr. Pastrell can answer any questions you may have about procedures used to enhance your smile. Something to take into consideration is the condition of your teeth now and your desired result. If you are considering treatment, here are a few questions you can ask while deciding which treatment is best for you.
- What will the changes look like? It is often helpful to look at before and after pictures from other patients.
- What should I expect through the course of treatment?
- What type of maintenance will be required?