What Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure Is Right for Me?
By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
November 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Smile problems? You can get the smile of your dreams with cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental work that creates a cosmetic dentistrypositive change to your teeth and smile. Dr. Frank Skiba is one of the finest dentists in Walnut Creek, CA. Read on to determine which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you. 

1. Dental Bonding

Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material to the tooth and hardening it with a curing light. Dental bonding is used to repair chipped, decayed, and cracked teeth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth and make teeth look longer. Very little enamel is removed with the bonding procedure, which gives it an advantage over options like dental veneers and crowns. 

2. Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped "caps" that are placed over teeth. When cemented into place, they encase the entire portion of the teeth that lies above the gum line. Crowns can correct discoloration, chips, crookedness, fractures, cracks, and more. Dental crowns also strengthen the teeth and improve tooth function. They can withstand chewing forces well. 

3. Dental Bridges

A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or multiple missing teeth by joining a false tooth/teeth permanently to dental implants or adjacent teeth. A bridge can fill in the gaps in your smile and improve your appearance. A bridge can also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place. 

4. Teeth Whitening

Want a dazzling smile? In-office teeth whitening involves combining tooth whitening gel with a special light to speed up the whitening process. In-office teeth whitening can make your teeth 8 to 10 shades lighter in about 45 minutes. Professional take-home whitening involves custom-fitted, bleaching trays filled with a bleaching gel that you can use at home. A take-home treatment can make your teeth several shades lighter in one or two weeks. 

5. Dental Implants

There's no need to go through life with missing teeth. Dental implants can fill in the gaps in your smile and improve your appearance. Dental implants are a type of false teeth which mount to posts that are surgically implanted in the jawbone by a dentist. Dental implants look, feel, and act like real teeth.

6. Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin shells of medical-grade ceramic (porcelain), which are bonded to the front of teeth. These porcelain shells improve the aesthetics of a smile and protect the tooth's surface from damage. Veneers are used to restore teeth that are discolored, chipped, misaligned, uneven, or worn down. Consult with a dentist in Walnut Creek, CA, to find out if veneers are right for you.

Ready to make a change in your life? Call our dental office at 925-934-8149 now to schedule an appointment in Walnut Creek, CA. Cosmetic dentistry won't just improve your smile; it will also improve your confidence, self-esteem and overall quality of life.