The cosmetic dentist is a dental specialist who is licensed to make positive cosmetic changes to our teeth and our smiles. You may have problems such as a bad bite or missing, broken, chipped, cracked, misaligned, misshapen, crooked or discolored teeth, all of which affect the way you speak, and the quality of your smile.
When they are not solved, these problems might make you look older and might cause maxillodental pain later in life. They might even affect your self-image and the way other people view you in business and relationships. It is the role of the cosmetic dentist to restore your smile to its former glory!
There are many ways in which the cosmetic dentist may solve your tooth problems. From teeth whitening to custom-made porcelain veneers, your cosmetic dentist can transform your smile to meet your unique needs and goals.
The idea is to solve your dental problems and improve your oral health while providing esthetic benefits. A full-service cosmetic dentistry practice, such as Precious Smiles in Arizona, offer some or all of the following services:
- Inlays and onlays: These are indirect fillings which are made by a dental laboratory. They are used when a tooth is mildly or moderately decayed and there is inadequate tooth structure to support a filling. When the material is bonded within the center of the tooth, it is called an “inlay.” When the filling includes more points of the tooth or cover the biting surface, it is called an “onlay.”
- Tooth whitening to improve the color of stained or dulled teeth is a common treatment performed by cosmetic dentists. The dentist can use a simple procedure involving laser light and hydrogen peroxide to remove stains from your teeth, restoring them to a brighter shade of white. The effects of this treatment are not permanent, but you can go for the treatment again if the stains return. Another way to make teeth look whiter is to replace silver or amalgam dental fillings with tooth-colored composite restorations.
- Composite bonding: This is the repair of decayed, damaged or discolored teeth using material that resembles the color of the tooth enamel.
- Dental veneers: These are thin pieces of porcelain that are fitted to the front surface of teeth to hide cracks, discolorations and chips in the teeth. They can even make slightly crooked teeth to look much straighter. Because the porcelain veneers resemble your natural teeth; they look exceptionally realistic. The procedure is barely invasive and it is very safe.
- Dental implants and crowns: The use of implants and crowns is one way to replace missing teeth. The cosmetic dentist inserts a tiny titanium screw (the implant) into the jaw bone which then supports a crown which looks exactly like a natural tooth.
- Orthodontics: The cosmetic dentist can install visible or invisible braces to straighten crooked teeth. Then he adjusts them over time till the desired effect is reached.
- Bone grafts. The cosmetic dentist sometimes needs to perform bone grafting in order to rebuild lost bone before putting implants. When you lose your teeth, the underlying bone is gradually absorbed till there is no bone underneath, which is why toothless people have collapsed facial features. When you finally go for replacement, the cosmetic dentist will not find any bone to hold implants. Luckily bone grafting regrows that bone to provide an anchor for implants.
Cosmetic dentists’ workmanship is often reflected in the quality and longevity of their results and the positive feedback of their clients.
Technology is changing all the time so you will want to look for a cosmetic dentist who is known for combining state-of-the-art technology, the latest techniques and high-quality materials in order to give his patients beautiful and lasting results.
Together you will come up with a treatment plan that involve one or several treatments listed above.