Cosmetic dentistry has increased in popularity in recent years thanks to advancements in dental technology. The benefits of cosmetic dentistry are centered around improving the aesthetic appearance of your smile. For many people the face is the most important feature of a person, so many are becoming interested in cosmetic dental care. Treatments range from teeth whitening and veneers to braces and dental crowns. Anything that can improve the appearance of your smile can be considered a cosmetic dental treatment.
Be sure to look at all the available cosmetic dentistry options, and their pros & cons. Informed patients are in a better position to make the best decision and have realistic expectations for treatment outcomes. You also want to be careful to choose an experienced cosmetic dentist that makes you feel confident and comfortable with the treatment you’re receiving.
Some of the more common cosmetic dental treatments include:
Eating, drinking, and smoking can all contribute to teeth staining. Stains on teeth can be removed with dental teeth whitening at Baer Dental. This common cosmetic dental treatment is well known thanks to many at-home teeth whitening kits, but professional teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist is the most effective way to whiten your smile.
Dr. Baer can use dental bonding to help restore the appearance of slightly chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. This process is also used to fill cavities. Dental bonding is one of the simplest dental procedures that still produces effective results in a single visit to the dentist’s office, for one tooth. The results of dental bonding often last several years.
Dental crowns or caps are tooth-colored coverings for restoring and strengthening chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. A dental crown restores the natural appearance and shape of a damaged tooth. They are often used to improve the appearance of your smile, fix misshapen teeth, or preserve a weakened tooth structure. They also may be used to cover large fillings or dental implants (when teeth are missing). Crowns are usually made from ceramic or porcelain to ensure a natural appearance.
Orthodontic braces are used to correct dental malocclusions – misaligned teeth. Traditional braces use metal wires and brackets, but there are a variety of modern options thanks to advances in dental technology. Braces produce exceptional and near-permanent results, and if your smile requires them, Baer Dental can help.
Invisalign is a revolutionary teeth-straightening dental technology that has single-handedly revolutionized the field of cosmetic dentistry. Invisalign technology uses transparent plastic aligners that are invisible to onlookers, unlike traditional braces. These aligners are removable and convenient. Patients can eat comfortably and clean their teeth thoroughly by simply removing the aligners. The plastic material is also softer than metal braces, causing no irritation or discomfort.
For thousands of patients of all ages, Invisalign has been an effective alternative to traditional braces. With traditional braces, the oral aesthetics of the patient’s smile are compromised during the course of treatment. Invisalign eliminates this drawback by offering a discreet alternative for concerned patients. Invisalign’s treatment is just as effective as traditional braces, too!
Invisalign’s plastic aligner trays are customized with precision fabrication techniques which use 3D computer imaging technology to create aligners that are fitted perfectly for your smile. Every two weeks, patients will use a new set of aligners that are formed and adjusted to your treatment schedule. This makes for an efficient, straightforward treatment process that is more accurate overall, meaning fewer dentist visits during treatment.
The clear plastic aligner trays used in Invisalign treatment are custom made to fit over the teeth. Dr. Baer will prescribe the time period for which each set of aligners must be worn. This period is about two weeks, after which the patient starts wearing a new set of aligners. As the patient wears the aligners in accordance with Dr. Baer’s specific instructions, the misaligned teeth will gradually shift into position.
The gradual shift of your teeth is controlled by your dentist; your entire treatment plan is composed prior to beginning the process. For best results, the aligners must be worn at all times except when eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. The patient may be asked to visit the dentist once every 6 weeks on average to review treatment progress. Invisalign treatment durations range from 9 to 15 months on average depending on your situation.
Invisalign corrects misaligned teeth, and also improves conditions like overcrowded teeth, gaps between teeth, and problems associated with misaligned bite. Also, because of the gentleness and ease of the treatment, it is easier to maintain proper oral health and gum hygiene through your regular dental care routine.
Dental veneers are ultra-thin, custom-fitted covers designed to fit the front surface of the teeth, improving their aesthetic appearance. Veneers are made to match the color of your natural teeth. The shape, length, and size of veneers are also matched with your natural teeth by your dentist, and bonded permanently in place. Dental veneers are produced from porcelain or a composite resin material. Porcelain veneers are more durable than composite resin veneers, however.
Candidates for Dental Veneers
Candidates for dental veneers may have one of several dental treatment issues. People who are unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of your smile may be good candidates for veneers. Veneers can help patients whose teeth:
– are broken, chipped, or cracked
– are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped
– are overcrowded, or have gaps between them
– are discolored from:
– Coffee/Tobacco stains
– Medications/Excessive Fluoride
– Large Resin Fillings
The procedure for dental veneers can usually be completed in two dental appointments once the course of action has been decided. One tooth, or several, may undergo the treatment at the same time. After the opening consultation, Dr. Baer will find the teeth that can be improved with veneers and a final decision will be made carefully with the patient’s help.
When the patient is ready, tooth preparation starts. The dentist removes about half a millimeter of enamel from the front of your tooth, creating space to fit in the veneer without being conspicuous. Enamel removal happens after local anesthesia so the patient can be comfortable.
Dr. Baer will take impressions of your prepared tooth or teeth, and send those to a dental lab for veneers to be custom fabricated. A dental lab can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks to prepare your veneers. For that time, the dentist often provides temporary veneers to the patient.
When the veneer fabrication is finished, Dr. Baer will cement them permanently to your teeth. If any trimming or adjustment is required to ensure a perfect fit, it will be done at this time. Before cementing is complete, the patient’s teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, etched, and polished to ensure perfect bonding. Once treatment is finished, Dr. Baer may request a follow-up visit to make sure your gums are responding well to the presence of the veneers, as well as addressing any other possible concerns.
Dental veneers are popular as a cosmetic dental treatment because the process is nonsurgical, safe, and incredibly predictable. The natural aesthetic appearance of your teeth can be matched quickly and easily. Porcelain is also highly biocompatible with other materials, while being durable and stain-resistant. Porcelain veneers easily last several years without any wear and tear or visible damage.