Cosmetic dentistry is any dental work that improves the appearance or health of your smile. In other words, cosmetic dentistry is any dental work that is focused on the appearance of your smile.
At Gulf Coast Dental, our cosmetic dentist may recommend cosmetic dentistry treatments for various reasons. You may have chips, cracks, stains, gaps, or misshapen teeth. Our dentist may recommend veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, or gum reshaping.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
Veneers are made of a tooth-colored resin material that blends in with the rest of your smile. They are custom-made for your mouth to cover any cosmetic imperfections, and your dentist can shape them so that they align with your smile line. They address several cosmetic flaws, including stains, chips, cracks, gaps, misaligned teeth, and misshapen teeth.
A dental crown covers your tooth when it’s too damaged for a filling but doesn’t need a full dental crown. A crown, also known as a cap, fits over your tooth to protect it from further damage. Crowns can also be used to improve your tooth’s appearance. For example, a crown can be used to improve your tooth’s shape or size or to cover a dental implant.
A dental bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth anchored to adjacent teeth or crowns. A bridge has three parts: two crowns placed over natural teeth and an artificial tooth in the middle. In most cases, the artificial tooth replaces a missing tooth.
Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dentistry treatment used to improve the aesthetics of your smile by fixing minor chips and cracks, closing gaps between teeth, and concealing stains. Tooth bonding is among the most affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Reshaping a tooth involves removing a portion of a tooth’s enamel to improve its appearance. Reshaping can also help eliminate some dental issues, such as overlapping teeth. A professional dentist usually performs reshaping. The dentist will use a drill or other tool to reshape the tooth.
While Invisalign can’t treat every orthodontic issue, it’s an excellent choice for people with minor misalignment problems. With Invisalign, you won’t have a metal mouth. The aligners are made from a transparent, hard plastic material and are designed to fit snugly over your teeth.
Are Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Painful?
Most patients report that their cosmetic dentistry procedures are no more painful than routine teeth cleaning. If a patient has some anxiety about receiving treatment, they may be able to request sedation dentistry to help put them at ease.
Visit Gulf Coast Dental at 3101 West Michigan Ave. Suite F, Pensacola, FL 32526, or call (850) 944-5515 to learn more about the benefits of cosmetic dentistry.