Many individuals are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth, leading to visiting a dentist with experience in cosmetic procedures. The focus of cosmetic dentistry is improving a patient’s teeth and gums to provide a beautiful smile. However, before beginning cosmetic procedures, a patient must have a healthy oral cavity. During the first examination at a dental office, a patient has an evaluation to find cavities or gingivitis. After making sure cavities are filled and there is no gum disease, the dental hygienist performs a teeth cleaning procedure to remove the buildup of plaque that causes bad breath and dental decay.
Patients visiting a dental facility often want to get Invisalign aligners or traditional braces to straighten their crooked or poorly spaced teeth. Before getting these dental appliances, a patient can have a whitening procedure to remove discolorations from the enamel of teeth. The stains on teeth are typically caused by foods such as blueberries and beverages such as coffee. Dentists can apply a strong hydrogen peroxide solution before adding water that creates a chemical reaction to dissolve stains deep in the enamel of teeth. A whitening procedure is an important way to improve the appearance of teeth in less than one hour.
Teeth with chips, cracks or large cavities require treatment with natural looking composite materials that are durable. A dentist can design a strong crown of metal covered with porcelain to repair cavities located in teeth toward the back of the mouth. Crown restorations require a dental team to chip away a tooth’s damaged enamel, remove bacteria and attach the appliance correctly. Veneers are more appropriate for damaged teeth located at the front of the mouth. Each thin porcelain veneer is custom-made to look perfect while creating a nice smile line. A veneer is attached with strong waterproof resin that ensures a patient has a strong bite.
Dental professionals working in cosmetic dentistry facilities can also create orthodontic appliances that are custom designed to straighten misaligned teeth. One of the most popular orthodontic appliances is the clear Invisalign brand plastic aligners that are easy to remove from the mouth while eating meals. Removable aligners are appropriate for improving minor malocclusions in the mouth. Alternatively, a patient may require traditional braces made of metallic wire and brackets that remain on the teeth for an average time of two years.