Cosmetic dentistry is a method of professional oral care that focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth, and smile. If your teeth are stained, discolored, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, misshapen, or have gaps between them, cosmetic dentistry can give you the perfect smile. While cosmetic dentistry aims to enhance the visual aesthetics and dental health of your smile, it can also help to increase your self-esteem and confidence. Here is a breakdown of a few common cosmetic dental procedures:
Teeth Whitening – Teeth whitening is one of the most popular options for people who are looking for a quick and affordable way to change their smile. Teeth whitening removes stains from the enamel and underlying dentin layer. This procedure can brighten and whiten your teeth from discoloration and/or staining. It can be done at our dental office or you can purchase an at-home kit.
Dental Veneers – Dental veneers are custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain or resin that cover the front surface of the teeth. They are designed to resemble your natural teeth and look exceptionally realistic. Dental veneers can help resolve a number of cosmetic problems including crooked teeth, discolored teeth, cracked or damaged enamel, and can minimize gaps between teeth.
Dental Crowns – Dental crowns, which are also referred to as caps, are custom made to fit over and replace an entire tooth. These are made from acrylic or porcelain and are used to restore a tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns can be used in cosmetic dentistry to treat teeth that are poorly shaped, badly decayed, broken, chipped, or have had large fillings.
Dental Bonding – Dental bonding is a method that can repair a decayed, damaged, or discolored tooth using material that resembles the color of tooth enamel. The material (putty-like resin) is applied to the tooth and hardened with ultraviolet light, bonding the material to the tooth. The material is then trimmed, shaped, and polished. Bonding can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth.
Inlays and Onlays – Inlays and onlays are also known as indirect fillings. These are made from gold, porcelain, or composite materials and fill decayed or damaged teeth. Inlays and onlays are used when a tooth has mild to moderate decay or there is not enough tooth structure to support a filling. Inlays and onlays preserve as much healthy tooth as possible and are an alternative to crowns. They provide support to strengthen teeth, restore their shape, and avoid any further decay or deterioration.
Dental Implants – Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Titanium replacement roots are surgically inserted into the bone socket of the missing tooth. A dental implant is designed to act as an anchor or foundation for artificial teeth including crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Cosmetic dentistry can act as a catalyst for the rest of a person’s life and a little boost in self-esteem can go a long way. At Lake Hill Dental Care, we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services. We offer broken tooth repair, dental crowns, dental implants, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and more. If you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile, do not hesitate to reach out to our team for an appointment. We serve those in Burnt Hills, Clifton Park, East Glenville, NY & beyond.