5 Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures and Their Benefits

July 27th, 2020

If you’re tired of store-bought dental treatments and internet fads, it’s time to visit a cosmetic dentist! The ideal ones will provide you with information on the latest procedures and advise you on which is the recommended option for you. When you visit a cosmetic dentist, you are setting yourself up for results that will last.  Join us as we explore the top 5 cosmetic dental procedures that will help your smile look its brightest:

Teeth Bleaching

Bright teeth are often associated with warmth, confidence, and health. It should come as no surprise that teeth bleaching is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures. Teeth bleaching can be performed in your dentist’s office for immediate results or at home if you are looking for something more gradual. Whether you’re in a dentist’s chair or on your couch, the bleaching processes are very similar. Both teeth whitening options use peroxide-based bleaching agents, but in-office systems contain 15% to 43% peroxide and at-home systems contain 3% to 20% peroxide. Generally, when you increase the solution strength and length of time of solution exposure, the whiter your teeth become. However, the higher the percentage of peroxide in the whitening solution, the shorter it should be applied to the teeth. Prolonged exposure to high amounts of peroxide increases your risk of tooth dehydration and sensitivity. If you are prone to teeth sensitivity, your doctor will likely suggest an at-home treatment plan instead of in-office cosmetic dental procedures.

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Enamel Bonding

Enamel bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is applied to the tooth in order to restore a person’s smile. This cosmetic dental procedure is commonly used to repair decayed teeth, repair chipped teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, close spaces between teeth, to change the shape of teeth, and to protect the tooth’s root if gums are receding. Enamel bonding does not require numbing agents and only takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete. This is also among the least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Differing from crowns or veneers, enamel bonding usually can be done in just one office visit unless several teeth are involved. Ask your dentist if enamel bonding is the recommended option for you!

Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers are the longer-lasting and more personalized version of enamel bonding. Sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, this dental procedure involves the customization of wafer-thin tooth-colored material designed to cover the front surface of the teeth. Veneers are routinely used to restore teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped, or misaligned. The set back of veneers is that they require three trips to the dentist. One for a consultation and two to make and deliver the veneers. Although the procedure requires more visits than enamel bonding, they last for 7 to 15 years (twice as long as enamel bonding). Dental veneers do not require any special care. Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash. Even though porcelain veneers resist stains, you should avoid stain-causing foods and beverages to promote the lasting brightness of your teeth.

Invisalign Braces

Gone are the days of living with uncomfortable metal braces! Invisalign uses clear tray aligners to slowly move your teeth into a better position. The clear trays are made of a solid piece of plastic that is strong enough to put pressure on specific parts of your teeth. With just 3 easy and painless steps, you can be on the path to a brand new smile! At your first appointment, your dentist will take a fast and precise 3D digital scan of your teeth in order to create a custom treatment plan for you. Your doctor will give you your first set of aligners at your next appointment and ensure they fit you perfectly. You will come in for regular check-ins every 6-8 weeks to assess your progress and pick up your new set of aligners. It’s really that simple! Depending on the complexity of your case, you could complete your treatment in as little as 6 months. Once your treatment is over, you will receive a customer vivera retainer. Vivera retainers are custom made and are 30% stronger than standard retainers to ensure your new smile lasts!

Enamel Abrasion

Superficial stains and irregularities of the enamel are generally what prompt patients to seek this cosmetic dental procedure. Enamel abrasion involves the mechanical rubbing of acidic and abrasive agents on the tooth surface to remove unwanted discoloration. This technique is effective, long-lasting, and clinically imperceptible. Enamel abrasion is a safe and painless way to remove superficial stains. This procedure does not remove stains inside the tooth. A dentist will be able to determine which stain removal treatment is right for you.

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