Cosmetic dentistry has reached an all-time-high of popularity in the last few years, and with good reason. Today we have cosmetic dentistry procedures and techniques that tend to yield impressive and dramatic, long-term results. From fairly simple tooth procedures like whitening and getting fitted for porcelain veneers to more involved treatments like the various means of getting new teeth, cosmetic dentistry procedures have come a long way.
Here are some of the most common questions posed about popular cosmetic dentistry procedures and some helpful answers to help you get started on your journey to a brighter smile.
Physician-supervised teeth whitening systems like BriteSmile and Zoom are largely considered to be the safest options. In general, having your teeth whitened is considered a more conservative means of having a smile makeover. Chair-side teeth whitening procedures are carried out with a specialized peroxide gel that allows oxygen to get below your tooth enamel, thus lifting stains without effecting the structure of the enamel itself. Tooth sensitivity is the common side effect.
The good news is that those uncomfortable metal braces are no longer the only way out for folks that need some corrective straightening to their smile. The top-of-the-line option is the Invisalign system, which is a patented system of transparent (invisible) plastic aligning devices that fit over your teeth, gently shifting them into place over time. Other options include composite bonding and porcelain veneers, but those do less to solve the problem of the crooked teeth so much as they do to just mask their appearance. Therefore, they’re not of much help with overbite, underbite, and crossbite issues.
The placement of natural looking, tooth-colored composite fillings is very common. In addition to using this technique for new cavities, this is a very popular restorative process for old metal fillings that have fallen out, become fractured or have blackened/become discolored over time.
Got other questions? Anyone at a cosmetic dentist office will be happy to answer them, so search online for a local cosmetic dentist today!
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