How to Improve Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry


Cosmetic_dentistryThe road to a healthy, beautiful and confidence-enhancing smile is unique for each individual. However, one common “vehicle” for moving down that road is cosmetic dentistry. Practitioners of cosmetic dentistry can help you create a better smile, whether the dental roadblocks standing in the way of that for you are tiny or immense. Here is a list of some of the most frequently performed cosmetic dentistry procedures, along with how they can help improve your smile.

  • Teeth Whitening. Your dentist can brighten your smile with in-office whitening, which is a fast, effective way to remove surface staining left by coffee, tea, berries and other foods and drinks.
  • Dental Veneers. These porcelain covers for the teeth in your “smile zone” can correct permanent stains, as well as fix minor alignment issues and small chips in your teeth.
  • Bonding/Inlays/Onlays. These procedures, which can be made of tooth-colored composite resin or porcelain, can provide fillings to treat cavities, or fix very minor cracks or chips in the tooth, without calling attention to the fact that dental work has been done.
  • Whether made of metal or plastic, braces gradually guide crooked teeth into normal alignment. They are also used to treat cases of malocclusion, or “bad bite.”
  • These are “caps” made of metal or ceramic materials that completely cover a tooth, protecting and strengthening it.
  • If a natural tooth cannot be saved, dental implants provide a health-enhancing alternative to dentures or a fixed bridge. Dental implants help preserve bone and also prevent the “collapse” of the structure of the lower third of the face.
  • Gum contouring. This surgery can improve a smile in which the gums sit too high or too low on the teeth.
  • Full-mouth reconstruction. If your smile is challenged by a number of major, interrelated issues, such as cracked or missing teeth, gum disease, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain or dysfunction, a full-mouth reconstruction will orchestrate all the necessary procedures to make your smile beautiful and pain free!

“Cosmetic dentistry offers patients a wide array of options to beautify one of their most precious assets – the smile they share with others at home, work and play,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix.





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