Does Your Smile Need a Makeover? Cosmetic Dentistry 101

How your smile makes you feel matters, and with a smile makeover, you can leave a positive impression on others that can reap benefits for your personal and professional life. That’s where cosmetic dentistry comes in. 

Some of the most popular treatments include professional teeth whitening, dental bonding, veneers, fillings, and crowns. At Sac Dentist in Sacramento, California, our team of dental specialists understands the key role cosmetic procedures play in maintaining your oral health and self-confidence. 

What is a smile makeover?

The procedures you need for a partial or total smile transformation depend on your unique needs and the current state of your teeth. Treatments may be as simple as traditional teeth whitening to brighten your smile, or they can be complex and require orthodontics for a complete reconstruction. 

Some of the cosmetic procedures that we might recommend include: 

Your transformation begins with a consultation with one of our dentists. Our knowledgeable professionals answer any questions you may have and explain the benefits of the procedures you elect to undergo. 

Some treatment options you might consider 

To determine a treatment plan, we evaluate the color of your teeth along with their alignment and size. We consider the size and shape of your gum tissue, as well as your skin tone, face shape, and hair color. With this information, we suggest one or a combination of the following options to make over your smile.

Dental bonding 

Bonding is a procedure that uses a tooth-colored resin to repair teeth that are damaged, decayed, or discolored. One of our dentists drills out the decay and applies the resin onto the tooth’s surface. To cure the bonding material, we use a special high-intensity light. 

We use this procedure to close gaps, repair cracked teeth, or change the shape of your teeth. 

Dental veneers 

Veneers resemble your natural teeth and can resolve several cosmetic issues. Using a dental adhesive, we apply a thin, custom cover made from a porcelain or resin composite to the surface of your teeth. This conservative, non-reversible cosmetic treatment corrects teeth that are crooked, cracked, misshapen, discolored, or have noticeable gaps.

Crowns 

Crowns, also known as caps, cover damaged, crooked or discolored teeth. They’re made from metal or porcelain and can last up to 15 years with the proper care. 

One of our dentists files down your natural teeth or builds them up, as necessary, to accommodate the crowns. Once cemented over your teeth, crowns can improve the size, appearance, shape, or overall strength of your teeth. 

Orthodontics

Braces and clear aligners can do more than just correct teeth that are misaligned or misshapen. They can improve your oral health. 

Orthodontics work by applying pressure to your tooth’s socket, forcing it to shift into alignment. As your smile slowly begins taking shape, you notice an enhanced look that also works to support your jaw and make biting more efficient. 

Teeth whitening 

For people with healthy teeth and gums, teeth whitening is a quick and relatively inexpensive option to brighten your smile. Custom-made trays that resemble a mouthguard fit the shape and size of your teeth. You apply a bleaching solution to the inside of the trays and then place them over your teeth. 

We give you specific instructions for how often you should use the trays to achieve the best results. 

Sensitivity is normal with teeth whitening treatment, but if you experience an unmanageable level of discomfort, contact our office as soon as possible. Our team of dental specialists can help you find confidence in your smile with this simple-to-follow whitening procedure. 

Dental implants 

Implants replace missing teeth and are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Several factors can cause tooth loss, including decay, injury, or gum disease. One of our dentists inserts titanium posts into your jaw where teeth are missing, providing a foundation for the artificial crowns. Over time, the bone and surrounding tissue fuses with the implant, which becomes a permanent part of your smile. 

If you’re interested in cosmetic dental procedures to give your smile a makeover, call our office or book an appointment online. 

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