Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Explained

Dr. Lorraine BurioOur patients work with our cosmetic dentistry practice for a number of reasons — sometimes it’s to mitigate the effects of a facial injury, or to improve a “natural” defect in the patient’s bite pattern. Sometimes the goal is no more complicated than that a patient wants to improve their smile’s appearance. Whatever the reason, there are several procedures that have become the most popular in the profession; if this is your first time exploring your options you might not have heard of all of them.

Tooth whitening is really just what it sounds like, a procedure that uses whitening or bleaching agents in carefully measured dosages and for an amount of time specific to both the patient’s teeth and their whitening goals to make teeth whiter. The process can be done all at once, or gradually — so friends and family don’t notice an abrupt change in appearance.

Dental veneers are extremely thin “covers” for front-facing teeth, often made of porcelain or increasingly crafted from composite resin. Veneers can correct problems with spacing, tooth shape and crookedness, size and even discoloration.

Bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses composite resin material — that’s color-matched to your surrounding teeth — to lessen the appearance of gaps between teeth; the bonding procedure can also be used to change the appearance of discolored teeth.

Dental implants are metal posts that are surgically attached to a patient’s jaw; those posts are then used as incredibly sturdy bases from which to build an artificial smile. Individual artificial teeth can be attached to the implants, or in many cases bridges and implant-supported dentures are mounted on them.

If you’d like more information about these and other transformative cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer at our clinic, please contact us today!