07 Dec 2016
Cosmetic dentistry can help patients make dramatic improvements in their smile, often in a minimal amount of time. If there are specific defects that are detracting from your smile, this specialty can help with modern treatments that address a range of flaws, such as discoloration or damaged teeth.
Teeth whitening is one particularly popular and simple cosmetic dentistry intervention. Some teeth whitening systems achieve results in as little as an hour. These treatments are administered in a dentist’s office, and the bleaching gel is activated by lasers, allowing it to take effect more quickly.
Patients may also choose at-home teeth whitening treatments in which they wear the bleaching gels in custom-designed trays for a specified number of hours. It does take a bit longer to achieve the desired results with this method, but results may be more consistent with at-home systems, which also typically cost less than in-office treatments.
Porcelain veneers are also useful in cosmetic dentistry. These versatile tooth-shaped shells can be bonded atop biological teeth to conceal flaws like chips, cracks and deep stains, as well as “straightening” a line of slightly crooked teeth or bring an undersized tooth into the correct proportions. After the veneers have be crafted according to the unique specifications of the patient’s smile, they are bonded to the patient’s teeth using dental cement. Although veneers are made of porcelain, they are quite strong when attached to the teeth and can last for years when the patient takes good care of them.
Dark metal fillings are another factor that can compromise your smile’s appearance, and patients who got these metal fillings years ago can upgrade to tooth-colored restorations, made of composite materials. Your old metal fillings can be removed and replaced with composite ones, eliminating the dark spots in your smile.
The art of improving smiles has become quite advanced, and patients can often see significant results in a matter of weeks. If you are dissatisfied with your smile’s appearance, call the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340 to schedule a consultation and learn about the interventions that can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.