Cosmetic dentistry involves using dental treatments to improve the appearance of your teeth. These procedures can improve your teeth’s color, shape, or alignment, which can significantly enhance the visual appearance of your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry can involve a range of dental treatments, depending on your needs and desired outcome. Explore five cosmetic treatments from St John Smiles that instantly improve your smile and boost your confidence.
1. Tooth Whitening
During daily life, your teeth gradually become discolored due to several factors, such as consuming beverages like coffee and dark-colored sodas that can stain your teeth. Tooth whitening is a procedure used to remove tooth stains, most commonly through a professional-grade whitener applied directly by a dentist. This formula lifts stains caused by substances like tea, red wine, or tobacco without damaging your enamel.
Your teeth will appear noticeably whiter after treatment. Regular at-home touch-ups with a professional take-home whitening kit can prolong the effects of your in-chair treatment.
2. Dental Veneers
Veneers are a thin, tooth-colored cover typically made of porcelain that can cover crooked, worn, or discolored teeth. During a veneer procedure, your dentist prepares your tooth enamel and affixes the veneer to the surface of your tooth with dental cement. They cure the adhesive with a high-intensity light and shape the veneer to fit perfectly with the rest of your smile.
Veneers are a quick and non-invasive cosmetic dental procedure that can brighten your smile in just one sitting. Although you can get just one veneer, many patients opt for veneers on their social six front teeth for a bright and even smile.
3. Dental Bonding
Another treatment that quickly improves the appearance of your smile is dental bonding. Dental bonding involves placing a tooth-colored resin, which fills chips or gaps to improve your tooth’s appearance.
After application, the resin is subjected to high-intensity light treatment, which bonds the material to your natural tooth. Your dentist can then shape the resin to match your surrounding teeth. Once bonded, the resin permanently improves your tooth’s shape and look.
4. Dental Implants
Dental implants can restore the normal function and aesthetic value of your teeth for patients with missing or badly damaged teeth. Dental implants are metal screws (usually made of titanium) implanted into your jawbone. The metal then fuses to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Your dentist then places an abutment on the implant and attaches a tooth-colored dental crown to complete the procedure.
Dental implants can restore complete functionality to your teeth and give you a beautiful smile; however, the procedure generally takes three to nine months.
5. Dental Crowns
Crowns, also called caps, are common in cosmetic dentistry. They are used to cover decayed, broken, or misshapen teeth.
A dental crown procedure involves the placement of the crown, usually made from ceramic, resin, or porcelain, over the affected tooth. Your dentist removes decayed tooth material and shapes the enamel to prepare the tooth for the crown.
They then place the crown over the tooth and bond it with dental adhesive. This allows the crown to serve as the tooth’s new surface, restoring its function and appearance.
Improve Your Smile With St John Smiles
If you are concerned about the quality of your smile, cosmetic dentistry may be an effective solution. The dental team at St John Smiles can evaluate your teeth and work with you to develop an appropriate makeover treatment plan based on your smile goals.
Call St John Smiles at (219) 232-8956 today to schedule a consultation and let us help you improve your smile and boost your self-confidence.