Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental treatments that help patients achieve a bright, healthy smile that looks their best. Traditional dentistry focuses solely on oral health and the prevention of dental issues; cosmetic dentistry treatments address aesthetic concerns to improve the look and feel of teeth.
There are many cosmetic dental procedures available to patients looking to improve the appearance of their smile and overall confidence. Some of the common procedures include:
For patients with mild to moderate dental stainings, such as yellowing and darkening, teeth whitening treatments are a sufficient treatment option. Professional whitening uses powerful bleaching agents to remove the buildup of stains on the tooth’s enamel layer and restore its natural brightness. Teeth whitening is often performed during in-office treatments and may require multiple sessions to achieve the best results.
When a tooth is damaged by decay, your dentist will most likely recommend a composite filling to restore the tooth. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings match the color of your natural teeth and do not contain any mercury. The composite resin is applied directly to the surface of the tooth, where it hardens directly in place.
Because composite resin bonds directly with the tooth, it restores most of the original strength of the tooth. Your dentist can usually complete this procedure in one visit, and most patients report very little discomfort during it.
Veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile by concealing a variety of cosmetic flaws, including chips, cracks, stains, gaps, and more. While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and can last for decades with proper care, some patients prefer composite resin veneers because they require less tooth preparation prior to placement. These thin shells are placed directly over your teeth to conceal imperfections and leave you with a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
With cosmetic dentistry, we can fix small flaws and imperfections in your teeth to give you a beautiful smile without expensive procedures or multiple appointments. Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that can be applied in a single appointment to reshape a tooth and correct chips, cracks, uneven spacing, and gaps between teeth. We can also use bonding to make minor changes to the shape of a tooth, like making it wider or longer. This treatment can be done in just one visit to our office as you sit back and relax while we correct your smile.
Visit Gulf Coast Dental at 3101 West Michigan Ave. Suite F, Pensacola, FL 32526, or call (850) 944-5515 to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.