What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you want to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, exploring your options for treatment can seem confusing at first. However, this popular and effective facet of dentistry has a few common procedures which, thanks to their versatility, can treat many aesthetic dental issues. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry with Frank R. Skiba, DDS in Walnut Creek, CA.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
- Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening benefits most patients and is a quick and easy way to give your smile a boost. Thanks to the procedure’s versatility, you can subtly lighten the teeth only a few shades or go full-on Hollywood smile with a stronger treatment. Whitening procedures usually last about an hour and do not require any downtime, allowing patients to go right back to their daily activities. Results are immediate and will have you looking and feeling great.
- Dental Veneers: Dental veneers overhaul your smile by covering the surfaces of the teeth with a thin porcelain shell. The veneer requires preparation of the teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel. Your dentist may place temporary veneers while the dental laboratory customizes the final products. Like other porcelain restorations, veneers require two separate dental appointments to prepare and place.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth. However, unlike other tooth replacement options, implants also replace a tooth’s root, permanently anchoring it into the mouth. Dentists accomplish this by surgically implanting a small, screw-like post called a fixture into the bone beneath your missing tooth. This permanent addition to your smile holds a porcelain replacement tooth in place.
- Porcelain Bridges and Crowns: Crowns and bridges fall under both cosmetic and restoration dentistry in that they not only improve the appearance of your smile but also its functionality. Bridges replace a missing tooth while crowns stabilize, strengthen, or improve the appearance of an otherwise compromised tooth. A dental laboratory creates customized crowns and bridges based on an impression of the patient’s mouth to ensure the most natural look.
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