Cosmetic Dentistry

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a variety of procedures intended to improve the appearance of your smile. This can include veneers, crowns, gum recontouring, removable prosthetics, or a combination of any of these procedures. It utilizes the most esthetic materials including beautiful, feldspathic and lithium disilicate porcelains for the most customized lab-created veneers and crowns, as well as high quality, bonded resin materials that can be placed in a single day. The materials we use are designed to mimic the unique optical qualities of the most healthy, beautiful, natural teeth, and can turn a dull smile into one that shines.

What are the Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry?

A beautiful, genuine smile is the first step you make toward a good first impression in any social interaction. Studies have shown that a person's perception of their own smile is one of the greatest indicators of their perceived social success. Without a doubt, having a beautiful smile can have a positive impact on an individual psychologically, socially, and professionally.

Cosmetic dentistry can restore or enhance the shape, color, and luster of less than ideal teeth, and can have a great impact on the appearance of a person as a whole. Individuals who are afraid, or too self-conscious, to show their smile in social situations oftentimes suffer emotionally because one's outward expression is an indication of one's emotional state. A life in which an individual denies themselves a smile is a life in which an individual denies themselves happiness.

What Makes a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Very few people are blessed with a perfect, natural smile. Recent advances in material science and clinical techniques have made it possible to control nearly every aspect of the appearance of laboratory created porcelain restorations and, as a result, have a big impact on the appearance of nearly any smile. From completely reconstructive smile cases that repair broken down, discolored teeth, to entirely noninvasive prepless veneers that require no cutting of teeth, there is a beautiful option for nearly every adult in the absence of active dental disease.

What are the Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?

Cosmetic dental treatments include:

  • Indirect Fixed Prosthetics: Crowns, resin or porcelain veneers, prepless porcelain veneers
  • Direct Restorations: Direct Resin Veneers
  • Removable Prosthetics: Removable prosthetic appliances/devices (partials) to replace missing front teeth
  • Dental Implants: Replace missing teeth or support removable prosthetics.

What is the recovery like from Cosmetic dentistry?

There is typically a recovery period of around 90 minutes following the dental procedure in which the anesthesia wears off.  During this time, the area will still feel numb.  After the recovery time, the patient can return to normal function. 

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