Aesthetic concerns with the smile can have wide-ranging effects on a patient’s quality of life. If you are interested in upgrading your smile, a cosmetic dentist can provide a variety of interventions to address many problems that detract from your appearance.
Some patients can get their desired outcomes from minor treatments, while others may need more complex work, involving the combination of a number of interventions. The cosmetic dentist can give you guidance on which devices or techniques will be most beneficial in your case.
Here’s an overview of some of the treatments that your cosmetic dentist may recommend.
Porcelain veneers – These thin, tooth-shaped shells can cover up any number of blemishes, from stains to chips to cracks. Veneers can even be used to bring slightly crooked teeth into the proper alignment. Patients can see the results of porcelain veneers in as few as two appointments. Veneers are also remarkably durable and can last for a decade with adequate maintenance.
Dental implants – Dental implants are titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. They provide the base of a replacement tooth that offers a remarkably lifelike appliance for filling in an empty space left behind by a lost tooth. The implant is topped with an abutment that serves as a base that anchors the prosthetic crown. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw, and the titanium fuses with the bone as the patient heals, offering a permanent solution for tooth loss.
Teeth whitening – For patients who are merely dissatisfied with the shade of their smile, teeth whitening can have a major impact. Teeth whitening treatments use bleaching gels to erase stains from the teeth and brighten the smile. Patients can complete these treatments in the comfort of their own homes or see results in as little as an hour, courtesy of the ZOOM! Teeth Whitening system available in our office.
In addition to using these treatments, your cosmetic dentist may also need to collaborate with other specialists, such as orthodontists, periodontists or oral surgeons, to complete a comprehensive smile makeover.
If you’ve resigned yourself to being ashamed of your smile, consider how cosmetic dentistry might be able to give you the smile of your dreams. Contact Plano Smile Studio at (972) 435-6694 and schedule a consultation to learn more about what options you may have.