Cosmetic dentistry is the process of improving the appearance of your teeth. This field of dentistry is about more than just making your smile look nice. It’s also about fixing problems with your teeth that may be affecting your dental health and wellness. For example, chipped, cracked, or stained teeth may be easy to fix with cosmetic dentistry. Other cosmetic procedures can also be used to fix misalignments, gaps between teeth, and crowding.
Common cosmetic dentistry treatments include:
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed within the jawbone. An implant is needed when there is no adequate remaining jawbone structure to hold and support a restoration. It looks and feels like natural teeth once they are healed.
Most patients choose professional teeth whitening in-office. The whitening gel is stronger and more effective than over-the-counter products. This is because it’s able to penetrate the enamel, which is the outermost layer of the tooth. It breaks up the deep stains, leaving your smile bright and white.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that bond to the fronts of teeth. They are used to correct minor cosmetic flaws and damage, such as chips, cracks, and discoloration. They are custom-made in a dental lab for a precise, natural fit.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can fix many dental imperfections. This treatment uses composite resin, a material that is similar in color and texture to natural dental enamel. It is an affordable procedure that can be completed in about one dental appointment.
Dental bridges are an effective way to restore your smile after tooth loss. The bridge is anchored to neighboring teeth by dental crowns. It is held in place by abutments on either side, which anchor the bridge in place. It offers a permanent way to replace missing teeth, restoring your appearance and oral function.
Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that involves reshaping the gums. Often, gum contouring is done as part of a smile makeover. This treatment is often recommended for patients with a gummy smile. When the gums are too prominent, it can make your teeth look too short. This can also make your teeth look small. They can reshape the gums, making them look more even. This will make your teeth look longer.
Dr. Lisa Baker and her caring team want their Bloomington area patients to enjoy beautiful, healthy smiles. For more information on procedures under general dentistry, call us for a consultation at (812) 269-8230.