7 Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is getting more popular than ever. This article will detail the different types available today and when they are indicated. It is important to know that while the American Dental Association does not classify cosmetic dentistry as a specialty of training, cosmetic dentists spend thousands of hours training in the art and through education and experience become extremely skilled and well regarded.
The difference between cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry is that the procedures done are entirely elected for and approved for by the patient. Be sure to ask questions like what are the comprehensive costs, how much experience does your dentist have doing the procedure, and will any additional maintenance be required after the procedure is done. It’s also important to ask how long your cosmetics will last.
Veneers are an ultra-thin shell of porcelain that adheres to your natural teeth. Veneers now are made of lithium disilicate which is a super strong form of porcelain that is designed to last about 20 years with proper homecare! Minimal to no tooth structure needs removed in many cases making the procedure quick and painless. Veneers do not stain and are designed to look natural and beautiful. You can work with your cosmetic dentist to decide on the perfect shape, size, and color to achieve ideal cosmetics. The best part is that the veneers only take two visits!
In some cases to achieve the ideal cosmetic solution, your dentist may need to prepare the teeth for crowns. A crown is made of ultra-strong porcelain and the difference from a veneer is that the crown will cover the entire tooth. The crowns that Dr. Meier and Dr. Cirka use are made of Zirconia and Porcelain. These are completely metal-free and ultra-strong. With proper care and regular dental check-ups your crown can last 30 or more years!
Implants are an incredible solution in cosmetic dentistry for patients that are missing teeth. The implant is screwed into your jawbone and a tooth is designed to be placed on top of the implant. They are designed to feel and look like your natural teeth and are built to last. As long as you are keeping up with your regular dental visits then your implant should remain strong and healthy.
In some situations to achieve the best cosmetics for patients Dr. Meier and Dr. Cirka will require the help of a gum specialist, a periodontist. In these cases generally a patient will come in and be interested in veneers or alignment however after careful analysis it is evident that just fixing the teeth would not accomplish a perfect result. It may be necessary to alter the gums that surround the teeth to perfect a smile. This procedure, commonly known as a “gum lift”, is where the periodontist will alter the appearance of a gummy smile. This will allow enough space for veneers or whichever restoration is deemed best by your cosmetic dentist. It is important to go for a consultation to determine if this is the best solution for you.
Many times patients are unhappy with their smile and come in looking for cosmetic options. Frequently by simply aligning teeth that are in the wrong position, the cosmetic dentist can achieve a wonderful result and avoid placing veneers or other restorations. Alignment can be done with clear aligner therapy known as Invisalign in usually less than one year. Invisalign has come a long way and we are seeing great results and moving teeth faster and more predictably than with traditional braces!
Sometimes the cosmetic dentist may be able to enhance your smile in one quick and painless visit with bonding. This procedure most times does not require anesthesia. The cosmetic dentist will use tooth-colored filling material and sculpt it to improve the look of a broken or misshapen tooth.
Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. Not only does a beautiful smile improve your cosmetics but it gives you confidence!
Schedule your cosmetic consult with Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier to talk about your options and what you would like to achieve.