Cosmetic dentistry refers to the type of dental work that is carried out to enhance the appearance of teeth, gums, and bite. A range of products and procedures such as teeth whitening, dental crowns and bridges, veneers, implants, and braces can improve color, shape, and alignment while helping you achieve your ideal smile. 

What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?

There are many benefits when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. First and foremost, the treatments available can significantly improve the overall appearance of a smile. If you have problems with your teeth it can leave you feeling self-conscious about them and this can impact your life in different ways. 

By fixing broken, chipped, or crooked teeth or whitening discolored teeth, it can help increase self-confidence. Cosmetic dentistry allows everyone the chance to be able to achieve the smile they desire which is why here at Thayer Dental Care we offer a range of cosmetic dental procedures as we want our patients to feel great when they smile.

Cosmetic dentistry can also improve your diet. For example, if you have an uneven bite it can prevent you from chewing food properly, therefore making digestion much harder. Treatments like inlays and onlays can help improve and strengthen your bite and allow you to chew food easily. 

Some cosmetic dentistry treatments can even improve your dental health from potential problems in the future. If you have dental implants, they can prevent damage to your gums and bone, and if you have a dental crown, this can prevent your tooth from decaying further. Your oral health can improve with cosmetic dentistry, good dental hygiene, and going for regular checkups. 

Cosmetic dentistry procedures

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can brighten your smile with a noticeable change in four to six weeks. Plastic whitening trays are made from molds of your teeth, you’ll apply a whitening gel on each tray and place them in your mouth for several hours. 

Dental Crown

A dental crown is a cap made from either ceramic, metal, or resin, that is typically used to cover a damaged tooth, but it can also be used to cover a severely discolored tooth or one that is misshapen. 

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is used to fill a gap between teeth and is made up of crowns on either side of the gap with a false tooth/teeth placed in the middle. 

Dental Veneers

Veneers can give you a beautifully natural smile and are made from very thin tooth-colored porcelain. A tiny amount of enamel is removed from your teeth and your custom-made veneers are then bonded over the front of your teeth. 

Dental Braces

Dental braces can help straighten and realign crooked teeth. Braces slowly push the teeth in a certain direction and by applying constant pressure, the teeth will begin to straighten over a period of time.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays fill decayed teeth and are bonded into place by your dentist. An inlay refers to a filling that is bonded in the center of a tooth, whereas an onlay includes one or more points and can cover the biting surface. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are placed in your jawbone where you have a missing tooth acting as the root. When your jawbone heals, it will grow around the implant holding it securely, allowing a crown to replace the missing tooth.