Improve Your Smile with These Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures


December and January are prime months to evaluate what parts of our lives that have worked well for us this year, as well as what we’d like to change in the coming year. If one of your goals for 2020 is a better-looking smile and improved dental health, your cosmetic dentist can partner with you in creating a mouth that looks and functions its best. Since no two people have the same oral health circumstances, it helps to know some of the procedures your cosmetic dentist might suggest in your quest for an improved smile.

Smile-Enhancing Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  1. 1. Teeth whitening. If your teeth are dingy from coffee, tea, or food stains, your cosmetic dentist can help you with in-office whitening sessions, or supervise your use of take-home whitening kits they may offer. The result is often subtle, but powerful.
  2. 2. Veneers and crowns. Depending on the condition of your teeth, porcelain veneers and full dental crowns can protect your natural teeth while improving looks. Veneers can correct minor issues with color, shape or rotation, while crowns are often employed after a root canal or when a tooth has structural challenges due to tooth decay or other problems.
  3. 3. Braces and other types of cosmetic orthodontia. Crooked or rotated teeth detract from your smile. Your cosmetic dentist can help you improve the straightness of your smile and improve your “bite” if it is crooked.
  4. 4. Dental implants. Implanted artificial teeth can take the place of your natural smile in a variety of ways, ranging from replacing a single missing tooth to overdentures secured by the All-On-Four system that can provide life-changing results if you’ve lost all of your teeth.
  5. 5. Full-mouth reconstruction. If your smile has multiple challenges, your cosmetic dentist may prescribe a course of treatment that includes multiple procedures, including those listed above, as well as dental bonding, mouth guards to correct teeth grinding, and dental inlays or onlays.

“It’s important to discuss with your cosmetic dentist the specifics of how you want to improve your smile – and they should be able to demonstrate with before-and-after photos how they have helped other patients with similar problems,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a central Phoenix cosmetic dentist and founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “Our practice is always happy to consult with you on what procedures are best-suited to improve your smile.”

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