While you might think of the dentist as someone you can visit to fix your oral health issues or get your teeth cleaned, Smile Xperts also offers cosmetic services. These treatments are not required but are meant to improve the appearance of your smile. Let’s look at some of your options.
Veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Veneers are an important tool for a cosmetic dentist. We can use one veneer to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discolored or multiple teeth to create a “Hollywood” type of makeover.
Many people have small teeth, resulting in spaces that may not be easily closed by orthodontics. Some people have worn away the edges of their teeth, resulting in a prematurely aged appearance, while others may have misaligned teeth that appear crooked.
Multiple veneers can:
Dentists also recommend using thin porcelain veneers to strengthen worn teeth. Thin veneers are an effective option for aging patients with worn dentition. In many cases, minimal to no tooth preparation is needed when using porcelain veneers.
Crowns are the treatment of choice in situations where tooth decay has destroyed most of the original tooth when a traumatic event has caused damage, or in cases of severe enamel erosion. They are also an option for people who grind and clench their teeth so much that the original structure of their teeth has been compromised. Crowns can re-establish the original function of the tooth while creating a natural appearance.
Whitening treatments restore your natural tooth color, and bleaching whitens beyond the natural color. Bleaching methods use carbamide peroxide, which reacts with water to form hydrogen peroxide.
Carbamide peroxide has about a third of the strength of hydrogen peroxide. This means that a 15% solution of carbamide peroxide is the rough equivalent of a 5% solution of hydrogen peroxide.
The peroxide oxidizing agent penetrates the porosities in the rod-like crystal structure of enamel and bleaches stain deposits in the dentin. Power bleaching uses light energy to accelerate the process of bleaching in a dental office.
These are a plastic-type filling material that matches the color of the tooth. Unlike amalgam, which essentially just fills a hole and requires retention features to hold the filling, composite cavity restorations restore the tooth back to near its original physical integrity.
Full mouth rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction are terms often used interchangeably to describe the process of rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.
The need for full mouth reconstruction may result from:
The examination process requires visual records of your mouth and impressions of your upper and lower teeth. Your dentist may also refer you to specialists (periodontist, orthodontist, oral surgeon) for a consultation to develop a treatment plan that is best for you.
Once your dentist has obtained all information relevant to your case, they will develop a comprehensive, step-by-step treatment plan. If you do not understand the procedure being described to you, ask for a detailed written description of the proposed treatment plan so you can review it.
This can be helpful if you want to get a second opinion. Be sure you understand the risks and benefits of the recommended procedures and treatments.
How does full mouth reconstruction differ from a smile makeover? A smile makeover is something that you elect to have performed, while a full mouth reconstruction is something that you need.
As the makers of dental materials respond to increasing consumer demands for beautiful, natural-looking dentistry, it is becoming hard to draw a line between purely “cosmetic” dentistry and “restorative” dentistry.
For example, if you need full mouth reconstruction, the materials available today make it possible for your dentist to provide you with durable, functional, and clinically sound treatments that also look natural.
It is also important to note that a smile makeover – though performed primarily to improve the aesthetic appearance of the smile – requires the use of clinically proven dental materials and treatment techniques, as well as exceptional knowledge, training, and skill on the part of the dentist. Many of the same techniques and equipment used for full mouth reconstruction are also used to ensure the success and long-term stability of smile makeover treatments.
Whether you just need a simple restoration or an extensive combination of treatments, you can turn to the Smile Xperts for the best experience and results. Contact our team today for a consultation.