Most of the procedures that patients have that improve how their teeth look falls under cosmetic dentistry. Although a general dentist can apply veneers, crowns, or bridges so that teeth look better, they usually refer patients to a cosmetic dentist to take care of those needs. The following procedures are considered cosmetic.
Teeth whitening’s only purpose is to make teeth look a few shades whiter so that you have a brighter smile. It doesn’t prevent cavities or repair teeth, but it simply makes stains disappear. One of our dentists at Claremont Dental Group can give you a whitening treatment to provide you with an attention-getting smile.
Inlays and onlays go on teeth after a dentist removes any decay they may have from the top of the tooth. The inlay goes into the crevices between the cusps of the teeth, and an onlay goes over the entire top portion. They are dental fillings that consist of composite material, porcelain, or gold. They are cosmetic because their color often blends in with the color of the natural tooth.
Although a crown fits over a tooth after a root canal or one that’s badly cracked or broken, it is still considered cosmetic. However, crowns not only restore how a tooth looks, but it restores the strength and function too. If you’ve had a cracked tooth or procedure like a root canal, consult one of our dentists in Claremont about how a crown could benefit your tooth.
If you’re not confident smiling because of flaws like chips or stains on your teeth, dental veneers can hide them and restore the appearance of your teeth. Dental veneers consist of a composite material or thin slivers of porcelain cut to the size of your teeth. After bonding the veneers in place, most people will not be able to tell they are not natural, even when they are close to you.
Although cosmetic dentistry can restore how your teeth look, some of the procedures can also restore how well they function and protect them from further damage.