Veneers are a porcelain or ceramic cover for the visible portion of teeth, dramatically improving the aesthetics of your smile. Veneers usually require a couple of dental visits. First the teeth are prepared and impressions are taken, and temporary covers are placed on the teeth. Using the impressions the custom veneers are precisely manufactured in a dental lab.
The process takes about two weeks. When complete the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. Veneers require less tooth material removal and the procedure is more comfortable than crowns.
As the name implies, teeth whitening is the act of whitening teeth and therefore making them more attractive. Teeth whitening can be used to whiten stained, discolored or dull teeth to improve your smile. Whitening is one of the most cost effective ways to improve your smile and is relatively painless.
There are two primary methods of teeth whitening; in office and at home trays.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In office teeth whitening is ideal for people looking for immediate results or who have active lifestyles and do not have time for a series of at home treatments. The procedure usually takes about an hour. In office teeth whitening starts with the application of a protective gel to the gums and surrounding soft tissue for protection from light. A different gel that activates under light is applied to the teeth surfaces. An intense light is used enhance the whitening gel’s effectiveness.
At Home Teeth Whitening
At home trays are generally less expensive than in office treatments and require making a mold of the teeth to create trays. After a few days the trays will be ready for pick-up along with instructions on proper use. The trays are taken home, filled with a bleaching gel, and worn for up to one hour at a time, up to twice a day. Bleach trays allow for gradual whitening of the teeth over several days or weeks, ending in a fabulous result. Bleaching may cause tooth sensitivity; if this occurs inform your dentist.
How Does Cosmetic Dentistry Help?
Cosmetic dentistry can help you in many ways. While the name states that it is strictly for cosmetic purposes, this isn’t always the case. While most people opt for cosmetic dentistry just to look better, using procedures such as tooth whitening, some techniques are also important for a healthy mouth in the long run. The main point is that cosmetic dentistry helps you feel more confident about your smile, no matter the reason for your wanting the procedures done.
What Does Cosmetic Dentistry Do?
Cosmetic dentistry can be used for subtle changes or for major repairs. People usually choose to have cosmetic dentistry performed because of discoloration, chipped teeth, misshapen or missing teeth or even to repair gaps. The most common cosmetic dentistry procedures are bleaching, bonding, reshaping, and contouring, but sometimes dental crowns and veneers can also be considered cosmetic services. People that smoke or drink a lot of coffee may want to regularly get their teeth whitened to eliminate stains caused by their lifestyle choices; and even some people that take medication that discolor teeth may benefit from this procedure.
The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
There are both social and health benefits to cosmetic dental procedures in addition to the fact that they are sometimes used to fix oral problems, not just to look great. The social benefits of cosmetic dentistry include having whiter or more perfect teeth, which can help boost your self-esteem and even your social life due to its ability to make your smile whiter and brighter. In addition, many people get veneers just to have perfectly straight teeth, but the health benefits can be combined with the social advantages. Not only do your teeth look better, but cosmetic dentistry can help correct a crooked bite which can reduce oral pain and even improve digestion. In some cases, straightening teeth with cosmetic dental procedures can help to balance your bite, which means less uneven wear and tear, reducing the pain in your mouth and even in your head or neck as uneven wear and tear could be a cause of nighttime teeth grinding.
Get a Better Smile
Whether you are just tired of suffering tooth pain or dental related headaches, or you seriously just want a brighter smile, cosmetic dentistry may be the answer to all of your problems. The cost varies, depending on the severity of your oral issues and what you are looking to accomplish. While a simple teeth whitening procedure may be affordable and easily done, something more major, like getting a full set of veneers, can be more costly, but many insurance companies are now covering more cosmetic dental procedures because of their likelihood to prevent more serious issues down the road.
Your teeth are important to you, and they are important to us. If you are ready to have a whiter or straighter, more even smile, it may be time for you to schedule a consultation. Give is a call and we can look at your pearly whites and figure out the best procedure(s) to help you achieve the smile you want.