Cosmetic Dentistry includes different procedures to improve and enhance a patient’s smile. It is focused on the appearance of teeth, although good oral health does play a part in the treatments. Many of these treatments are non-essential, but they can help improve a patient’s smile and confidence.
Your South Calgary dentist can offer various services to enhance your smile. Common cosmetic dentistry procedures include:
1. Teeth Whitening
This treatment involves applying a whitening gel to the surface of a patient’s smile and using technology such as special lighting and heat to speed up whitening. The treatment can brighten a patient’s smile up to eight shades and return a youthful look to their teeth. More than one appointment may be needed to achieve the desired results, but this treatment is highly effective overall. The results may last up to three years with proper care, and your dentist may give you different suggestions to maintain your results over time.
2. Teeth Replacement
Many patients who have lost one or more teeth are looking for restoration procedures to regain the confidence they once had the gap in their smile may not only be affecting their confidence but also their oral health. There are different options for single or multiple tooth replacement, including dentures, bridges and implants. Patients will have the option to choose between removable and semi-permanent replacements and should speak to their Heritage dentist to determine which would work best for them.
3. Dental Veneers
If a patient still has their natural teeth but is looking to improve their smile, they can opt for veneers. Dental veneers are a very thin, custom-made cover applied over a natural tooth to improve the shape, colour and size of patients’ teeth. They can be made of different materials depending on what a patient is looking for, and once bonded onto a tooth, will hide any visible damage. This treatment is mostly recommended for patients looking to improve cracked, damaged, or crooked teeth.
4. Dental Crowns
Dental crowns resemble veneers, but instead of a thin cover, they are custom-made caps added over an entire tooth. Crowns will help hide any damage on natural teeth without needing a tooth extraction. They are applied right over the gum line and are used to enhance a tooth and support it after any damage.
5. Dental Bonding
This treatment can be used to repair a natural tooth after it has chipped, cracked or experienced decay. Your dentist will apply the tooth-coloured binding material over the damaged tooth and reshape it using dental instruments. The dentist may trim and shape it before curing it under ultraviolet light to ensure it looks natural. This treatment is an ideal alternative to dental fillings, which can be more costly.
6. Dental Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and Onlays may be used as an alternative to a full crown if that damage has not been extensive. Inlays are used to bond the center of a patient’s tooth after removing a cavity. Once the middle part of the tooth is covered, it will be protected from further infection. Onlay fillings bond the outside of the tooth to the biting surface and where the points of the teeth. This type of filling may be used if the damage has expanded from the tooth’s center but has not damaged the tooth enough to require a full crown. Both inlays and Onlays are made in a lab and designed to precisely fit the space they will cover. Once they have been made in the lab and are ready, the dentist will bond them to your tooth using a strong cement adhesive.
Are You Interested in Cosmetic Treatment?
CU Smile Dental Care offers cosmetic dentistry in South Calgary and a variety of services to help our patients enhance their smiles. Contact us today if you are interested in any of the treatments mentioned or are looking to learn about other cosmetic treatments! Our staff will be happy to help you book your next appointment.
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