There is nothing that expresses happiness and joy quite like a genuine smile. The happiest moments in life – the birth of a child, one’s own marriage, or seeing the sunset for the first time – are accompanied by smiles for all those who experience them.
However, for those who are self-conscious about their teeth, smiling is emotionally taxing if not downright impossible. The embarrassment of showing chipped, stained, or missing teeth can outweigh the innate drive to express one’s happiness in an outward fashion.
Let’s review the five most common cosmetic dental treatments performed in our office and the expected results from each one.
1. Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are surgically placed in the jaw. Often, your dentist will recommend dental implants in cases where bridges or other dental cosmetic procedures to replace a tooth are impossible or inappropriate.
Instead of relying on the two teeth on either side of the implant for support, dental implants are surgically rooted directly into your jaw. This makes them an especially sturdy and maintenance-free option that is completely indistinguishable from regular teeth and blends naturally into your smile.
Our clinic can assess if dental implants are right for you. Our specialists also construct the artificial teeth for the implants themselves.
2. Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are among the simplest of cosmetic dentistry procedures yet are among those that most dramatically change the appearance of the teeth for the better.
Veneers are extremely thin shells of a thin material that is layered over the teeth to improve appearance and the evenness of the teeth. In our practice, a thin layer of porcelain is used. This is a long-lasting treatment that conceals any flaws in the teeth and greatly improves the aesthetics of the mouth and smile.
If you drink too much coffee, you may suffer from stained teeth, and if you’ve been in an accident, you may have cracked teeth. No matter whether your teeth are chipped, worn, cracked, a set of porcelain veneers can instantly improve your smile for the better.
Lumineers are a type of veneer. Unlike conventional porcelain veneers, they do not require reduction of the natural teeth prior to being placed. They are extremely thin – about the same thickness as a contact lens – and can be placed directly over the natural teeth and bonded without any further preparation.
Lumineers are a popular option with those who are reticent to have their natural teeth reduced, or who prefer a non-porcelain option.
There is nothing quite like having a bright, white, glowing smile.
Unfortunately, the stresses of everyday living can stain our teeth. Coffee, tea, and cola can all permanently stain the surfaces of natural teeth in an unattractive way making many people self-conscious of their smile.
Teeth whitening is a low-cost, high-impact way to improve your smile. For teeth with mild or moderate staining, an in-office whitening procedure can obliterate the effects of years of staining in just one quick procedure.
Some people prefer to whiten their teeth using at-home whitening trays. We custom-fit at-home whitening trays that can use the same professional quality and strength of whitening ingredients that we use in the office.
If you have sensitive teeth and are concerned about the effect of whitening them, never fear! The dentists in our office are happy to discuss whitening options for sensitive teeth with you during your free consultation.
Crowns are a non-surgical and pain-free way to improve the appearance of cracked, stained, or discolored teeth.
Essentially, crowns are like a small cap that is placed over the top of the tooth. This both greatly improves the external appearance of the tooth as well as preventing further damage or cracking to the natural tooth underneath it.
The porcelain crowns used in our office are 100% custom-designed and will match the color and shade of the natural teeth surrounding them. Furthermore, porcelain is a highly durable natural material that can stand up to decades of heavy use. It is a smooth, comfortable material to have in the mouth that also wears exceptionally well and resists staining.
There is no price you can put on the boost to happiness that comes with finally having the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Whether you’re hoping to smile brightly in your graduation pictures or reveal a new set of pearly whites in time for your wedding, Owens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry has a suite of cosmetic dental options to make your dreams come true.
Contact our office today for your free consultation!