Cosmetic dentistry treatments can be performed to correct everything from minor flaws in the smile to severe tooth discoloration, missing teeth, and uneven spacing between teeth. The following is a list of common aesthetic dentistry options:
- Teeth Whitening – there are two methods for whitening teeth: laser teeth whitening (performed in the cosmetic dentist’s office) and at-home teeth bleaching (involving the use of take-home bleaching kits).
- Porcelain Veneers – ceramic shells applied to the front of the teeth to conceal cracks and chips, overlay gaps, and create a whiter appearance to a person’s smile.
- Dental Implants – artificial roots that are embedded in the jaw and are each topped with a prosthetic tooth. Dental implants are a restorative and cosmetic dentistry solution for missing teeth.
- Dental Bonding – the application of tooth-colored composite to the teeth. The bonding material can then be polished and shaped to look like the rest of the teeth.
- Tooth-Colored Fillings – a composite resin material matched to the natural shade of your teeth. Tooth-colored “white” fillings are an attractive alternative to silver amalgam fillings.
- Porcelain Inlays/Onlays – durable and attractive restorations used to repair cracked or otherwise damaged teeth. Inlays and onlays require less tooth reduction than fillings or crowns.
- Dental Crowns – a cap used to repair badly decayed or damaged teeth. The crown is created from a mold of the original tooth, and then applied after the decay is removed and the tooth is prepared.
- Dental Bridges – a sturdy structure composed of two crowns and a prosthetic tooth. Dental bridges are used to “bridge” the gaps where teeth are missing.
- Invisalign – a cosmetic dentistry solution for unevenly spaced, overlapping, or gapped teeth. Invisalign is a popular teeth-straightening solution for adults who want to avoid orthodontic braces