If your teeth have cosmetic issues, like chips, cracks, or discoloration, cosmetic dentistry can help. If your teeth are misshapen or crooked, cosmetic dentistry may be able to help. If your teeth are misaligned, cosmetic dentistry can help. At Karen J Harris & Associates, our cosmetic dentist does offer more benefits than simply looking your best.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that brightens the teeth. In-office whitening uses a powerful bleaching gel that’s applied to the teeth. The gel is then exposed to a special light that activates the gel and allows it to clean the teeth.
Dental bonding is a type of cosmetic dentistry that uses a moldable resin material to fill small cracks or gaps in your teeth. The material can be tinted to match the natural color of your enamel. During the bonding process, the resin material is shaped into the appropriate shape and then hardened and bonded to your tooth.
Dental veneers are a popular choice for cosmetic dentistry because they can be used to correct several cosmetic issues.
For teeth that have grown crooked, but are still healthy, your dentist may recommend a tooth reshaping or contouring procedure. This treatment is used to correct the appearance of teeth by changing their length, shape, or contour. Tooth reshaping and contouring can also be used to correct minor overlaps between teeth.
A gum lift is a cosmetic procedure that a dentist performs to reshape the gum line. This treatment is used to fix an uneven gum line, which is often caused by genetics. However, it can also be caused by certain teeth or jaw issues, such as trauma or periodontal disease.
Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that focuses on straightening the teeth. This can be achieved using several methods, including braces, Invisalign, and retainers. Orthodontics can also include other dental treatments, such as dental bonding, tooth contouring, and dental veneers.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that replace natural teeth lost to decay, gum disease, or injury. Dental implants are metal posts that replace tooth roots and are anchored into the jaw. Dental implants are a good solution for tooth loss because they look and function just like natural teeth.
Full-mouth rehabilitation refers to the process of restoring all teeth in the mouth. Full-mouth rehabilitation is often done when a patient has lost several or all of their teeth. Full-mouth reconstruction is a treatment plan that aims to leave your mouth and smile looking and feeling its best. Rather than simply rehabilitating one tooth at a time, full-mouth reconstruction involves restoring the entire mouth and, in some cases, the jaw. Full-mouth reconstruction usually involves procedures like dental crowns, veneers, and partials. Dental crowns, veneers, and partials are all used to cover teeth and restore their functionality and appearance. However, they are each designed for a different purpose. Dental crowns are used to protect damaged teeth from further damage. They cover and protect both the front and back of the tooth. A dental crown can be used to restore a tooth after a root canal, repair a cracked or chipped tooth, or conceal a severely discolored tooth. Dental veneers, on the other hand, are thin shells that are bonded directly to the fronts of your teeth. They are used to change the color, shape, size, or length of your teeth. Partials are removable dental appliances that can replace one or more teeth.
The Pros of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially due to its impressive results. A beautiful smile can boost your confidence, make you appear younger and healthier, and improve your overall quality of life.
Cosmetic dentistry can fix teeth that are discolored, crooked, chipped, uneven, or misaligned. Cosmetic dentistry can also fix gaps between the teeth, missing teeth, and teeth that appear too short.
To learn more about the advantages of cosmetic dentistry, consult our dentist at Karen J Harris & Associates at 2000 Locust, St. Louis, MO 63103, or call (314) 231-4893.