A national survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that 99.7 percent of adults view their smiles as a crucial social asset. Dr. Marvin Taylor of Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center is dedicated to improving your smile through cosmetic dentistry.
The main focus of cosmetic dentistry is your smile and appearance. Dentists today utilize the latest techniques and advanced dental technology to fix dental issues such as chipped teeth, receding gums, discolored teeth, and wide gaps. Below, we review 5 of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments.
1. Teeth Whitening
Over time, stains from food, medication, and smoking discolor your teeth. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures and involves the removal of tartar, plaque, and dirt from your enamels. After tartar removal, a dental hygienist then uses a whitening bleach to make your teeth up to three shades whiter than before, achieving the best results within four weeks.
2. Dental Implants
Lost or damaged teeth can be replaced by dental implants, which are basically indistinguishable from your natural teeth. During the procedure, a small titanium screw is inserted into the jaw at the site of the missing tooth and holds the crown in place. After the bone and supporting tissue hold, the implant is permanently secured into place.
3. Dental Inlays
Dental inlays are also referred to as indirect filings. They are made in a dental laboratory to correct or renovate mild to moderate tooth decay or support a filling or an insufficient tooth structure. Inlays typically consist of a composite of ceramic or porcelain attached with adhesive dental cement and perform the following functions:
· Support your teeth
· Restore your teeth’s shape
· Prevent tooth decay
· Strengthen your teeth
· Improve your teeth’s appearance
As long as there is no damage to the tooth cusps, inlays are placed directly onto the tooth surface. However, when the cusp or a more significant portion of the tooth is damaged, your dentist may use an onlay to cover the tooth’s entire surface.
4. Composite Bonding
This is the repair of damaged teeth through the use of material that resembles natural tooth color. It is an inexpensive procedure where the composite is sculpted like your actual tooth and then cured with high-intensity light onto your tooth surface.
After the dentist has drilled out the decayed part of your tooth, this procedure effectively covers the tooth’s damage and gives the appearance of a healthy tooth in its place.
Veneers are custom-made caps manufactured from medical-grade ceramic that go over your natural teeth. They look exceptionally realistic and can resolve numerous cosmetic problems, including cracked, damaged, or crooked teeth, damaged enamel, and noticeable teeth gaps. Typically, the specialist applies the veneer to the tooth enamel using an adhesive.
The team at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center consists of some of the most talented dentists, specialists, and hygienists in the field who are dedicated to solving all your dental issues. They offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve your smile. If you have any questions about the treatments discussed here, call the center or request an appointment online today.