Cosmetic Dentistry for When the Smile of Your Genes isn’t the Smile of Your Dreams
Your smile has a big impact on your confidence and self-esteem. Discoloration, misaligned, or missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious and keep you from fully expressing yourself. However, innovations in cosmetic and restorative dentistry mean that the smile you have now doesn’t have to be the smile you live with forever.
What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do?
Cosmetic dentistry can do more than just improve the appearance of your smile. Not only can misaligned, missing, or damaged teeth affect speech, eating, breathing, and other oral functions, but they can impact the shape and function of your jaw over time. By restoring your smile, cosmetic dentistry can improve the structural integrity of your teeth to keep them stronger and healthier for a lifetime of use.
Teeth whitening is the fastest and easiest way to add some glam to your grin. Teeth whitening can be performed at the dentist’s office—referred to as chairside whitening or chairside bleaching—or at home with take-home whitening kits. During chairside whitening, a prescription-grade bleaching gel is applied to the teeth via a mouthpiece or a strip that removes stains from the enamel. This bleaching process uses techniques and products that are not available over-the-counter and can brighten your teeth from five to seven shades.
At-home whitening kits provide a gradual and more convenient option. Dental Depot’s custom take-home whitening kits include ingredients clinically proven to be safe and effective that can be applied daily for a specific length of time. All of our DFW locations also offer well-known name brand treatments such as Opalescence Go, Kor, and Kor Max. Speak with one of our friendly dentists or dental hygienists about which option is best for you.
Crowns are an ideal solution for individual teeth that are chipped, discolored, or misshapen. Dental crowns are made of composite material that matches your natural tooth color and bonded over the tooth to match the rest of your smile. In addition to improving the aesthetics of your teeth, crowns also help to protect the tooth structure from further damage. For multiple teeth, a bridge may be necessary. A bridge consists of crowns on each end of a set of false teeth to restore larger gaps.
For unevenly spaced teeth or teeth with stains that cannot be bleached, veneers can help create a more even smile. Veneers are thin coverings that look, feel, and function like natural teeth and are placed over the visible part of the teeth. They are typically made of either porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers tend to be stronger and longer-lasting, but composite resin veneers are typically less expensive and require less enamel to be removed for application.
Dental bonding can repair chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth and is a more affordable alternative to silver fillings or dental veneers. A tooth-colored resin is bonded to the tooth or teeth with an ultraviolet or laser light, then trimmed, shaped, and polished to match the rest of your teeth.
Dental implants are prosthetic devices that are inserted into the bone socket. The titanium roots of the implant are secured in the jaw as the bone heals around it and serve as a foundation for replacement teeth.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are similar to crowns and bonding, using tooth-colored material to reinforce and repair teeth. They are custom-fitted to your teeth and can be a cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers, bridges, or dental implants.
The Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dental treatments vary in price according to the type and extent of the procedure, including how many office visits the treatment will require. Some treatments may be eligible for insurance coverage, but many elective procedures or not. Dental Depot DFW’s team of dental professionals is experienced in the latest cosmetic dentistry options and can help you determine what’s right for you and the health of your teeth. After evaluating the current condition of your teeth, gums, and jaw, they can explain your options and give you an estimate of treatment costs.