Cosmetic dental procedures are becoming more popular around the world today as people learn about the services offered. Your smile should be something you’re proud of, and there’s no reason not to be with so many affordable treatments available at St. Johns Smile Care. Why Choose Cosmetic Dentistry? For some people, cosmetic procedures are viewed as superficial. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Many patients who undergo cosmetic dental procedures do so because they have significant issues with their teeth and gums that affect their daily life and self-esteem. These little, but important, dental fixes make a massive difference in how they approach the outside world.
Discolored or misshapen teeth are some of the reasons for cosmetic dentistry. But other patients come for these treatments because of a trauma that affected the mouth area. It’s a way to fix the problems that can’t be corrected with your regular dental work.
But First, the Consultation
Every cosmetic dental procedure starts with a consultation with your dentist. During this consultation, you’ll have an exam in which your overall teeth and gum health will be evaluated.
You and your dentist will talk about any dental issues that need to be taken care of, look over your x-rays, and paint a thorough picture of your dental goals. It may take a series of visits before the dentist has a comprehensive plan of treatment for you.
During this time, be honest and open with your dentist about any teeth that are causing you physical discomfort as well as those that visually bother you. Evaluate your budget ahead of time and share this information with your dentist.
What Are Some of the Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?
Once your full assessment is complete, your dentist will have created a plan of treatment to get you to your goal. You may have a “wax up” model of your teeth prepared out of the different suggestions so that you can decide between multiple treatment plans.
Different treatment options will depend on your goal. A smile makeover, for instance, might involve a whitening treatment or veneers, or both.
- Teeth whitening – Discolored teeth are frequently found in adults. Staining over time from foods, nicotine, and other environmental sources are more common than not!
Having braces leads to discolored enamel, as does drinking dark beverages like coffee and tea. There are so many things that can cause your teeth to be discolored that it’s a wonder we don’t all need whitening treatments.
But if you do, it’s an easy fix. A whitening gel made of professional grade, safe hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, and a whitening light is then used to help the gel absorb more easily into the dentin.
With this treatment combined with the light, you have minimal wait time and fewer whitening sessions!
- Veneers – Dental veneers are custom-made for you to adjust the color, size, shape, or length of your teeth. These are super thin, tooth-colored shells that are intended to improve the look of your teeth.
The shells are then bonded to the front of your teeth in a non-invasive, efficient procedure. This process offers significant results quickly.
- Clear Aligners – When your smile is a little crooked but not severe enough for more moderate or extensive treatments, a clear aligner might be the solution. These accessories are made of an almost completely see-through polyurethane plastic that you insert and remove as necessary.
Types of Veneer Treatments
There are two types of veneers: composite and porcelain.
Composite veneers, or direct veneers, are applied to the teeth in one visit. These coatings can last up to seven years before they need to be updated.
Porcelain veneers, or indirect veneers, are more individualized. Because they are custom-made for your teeth, it will take two visits to complete the therapy. In the first visit, you’ll have a fitting for the veneers. In the second, the newly created veneers will be bonded to your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are more expensive because they are custom-made, of course, but also because they can last 15 years or longer.
When you’re deciding between composite and porcelain, remember that porcelain veneers are pricier, but they are also more stain-resistant. They look natural because they’re custom-made, but composite veneers are thinner, requiring a more straightforward application than the porcelain counterpart.
Types of Whitening Treatments
You can purchase a take-home whitening kit or have a professional, in-office treatment.
With a take-home kit, you will get a gel to place in a tray that you put in your mouth for a set time. This type of treatment takes longer to work than an in-office method.
When you go to the dentist for your whitening treatment, you’ll get a professional-grade gel to be used that is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). During the treatment, the gel will be applied to your teeth and then absorbed into the dentin of your enamel.
Because this can take a while if left alone, a teeth whitening light is then used. This light helps the gel absorb more quickly into the dentin so you can be on your way and about your day fast!
Clear aligners, or transparent systems, are used to straighten your teeth without braces. When you opt for this method of cosmetic dentistry, you’ll be working with your dentist over a period of time as your teeth move and change.
Throughout this time, you’ll get a series of aligners that fit over your teeth snugly. As you wear them, they will shift the teeth into a new position closer to your ultimate goal.
For many patients, a new aligner is made biweekly or monthly as their teeth move. These trays or aligners are custom-made based on your dental images.
The typical treatment can take anywhere from three months to a year and a half, depending on how much adjustment your teeth need.
Clear aligners have a big perk over braces: They can be removed for meals, cleaning, and other situations, up to four hours a day. And there’s also the plus that they’re discreet, so most people won’t notice you have them.
However, clear aligners require upkeep on your part to avoid bacteria from building up and increasing your chance of gum disease or other dental conditions. Talk to your dentist if you think this treatment is right for you!
At St. Johns Smile Care, we provide our patients with high-quality care in a friendly, supportive environment. Our services range from preventative screening and exams to restorative and surgical care. We offer the best care for your oral health and we want you satisfied!