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What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry Las Vegas is a collection of treatments focused on improving the aesthetics of your smile. A dentist who focuses on cosmetics will have extra training in these procedures, a deep knowledge of how they work, and a refined artistic touch.

Cosmetic dental procedures are elective and not covered by insurance. But they can improve your oral health and boost your self-esteem.

Dental implants are the best replacements for missing teeth. They look, feel, and are durable and function like natural teeth. They can last a lifetime with proper care. They are also an excellent alternative to dentures and bridges, as they don’t rest on or anchor to adjacent teeth. Many patients who had a tooth removed due to gum disease, injury, or advanced periodontal disease can now replace the missing tooth with a dental implant.

A dental implant is a metal device that is the root of your missing tooth. It fuses with the jawbone during osseointegration to form a new tooth, which is then crowned to match your other teeth. In addition to acting as a permanent replacement for lost teeth, they preserve the bone in the area of the missing tooth and prevent the bone from shrinking. Some people may need bone grafting before receiving a dental implant.

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your smile by enhancing the color, shape, and alignment of your teeth and gums or the bite. It is a branch of dentistry that is largely separate from traditional dentistry, which focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating dental diseases.

Common cosmetic dental procedures include teeth whitening, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers. While they don’t replace the need for good oral hygiene or routine visits, they can make you more confident about your smile. It is important to choose a cosmetic dentist who has extensive experience and a wide range of services. The wrong choice could lead to embarrassment, unnecessary pain, and tremendous expense. A well-chosen cosmetic dentist can help you improve your overall quality of life with a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.

Dental Bonding

Bonding is one of the least invasive cosmetic dental procedures. It uses a tooth-colored composite resin material to repair chips, cracks, discoloration or misshapen teeth and improve the overall appearance of the smile. This procedure is typically less expensive than other cosmetic procedures like veneers and can often be completed in just one appointment.

Before getting started with the procedure, your dentist will sit down and discuss your cosmetic goals. They will also take dental X-rays and examine your teeth to make sure you are an appropriate candidate. This will include ensuring you don’t have severe tooth decay or gum disease and that the rest of your teeth are healthy enough to support the bonding.

Once the dentist determines you are an ideal candidate they will start to prepare your tooth. This will involve lightly etching the surface of your teeth to give it a rougher surface that can better hold the bonding material. Next, they will add a conditioning liquid to help the composite resin stick to the surface of your teeth. After that, they will begin applying the material in layers and regularly curing it with a light to harden it. Once all of the material is in place your dentist will shape it and polish it.

You will need to be careful about what you eat and drink after getting teeth bonding because the resin is prone to staining. You should avoid smoking, consuming coffee and other staining foods and drinks to ensure the best results. Also, you may be a bit more prone to chipping your bonded teeth than you would be with natural teeth as the resin is not as strong as your actual tooth enamel.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments that improves your smile by lightening the teeth to a more pleasing color. This can be done with either an in-office whitening treatment or an at-home solution that is supervised by a dentist. The best option is to talk with a cosmetic dentist who will assess your dental health and aesthetic goals to find the right plan for you.

Professional whitening offers several advantages over over-the-counter options, including a customized approach that ensures safe and effective results. We are able to use high-strength bleaching agents that can effectively remove stains on natural teeth and whiten discoloration caused by medications like tetracycline or habits like smoking. These treatments may also be used in conjunction with restorative procedures, such as tooth bonding, to repair minor imperfections, resulting in a brighter, more even appearance.

Having beautiful, white teeth is something that all people want to achieve, but it’s not always easy with daily brushing and flossing. While these practices are the best way to prevent and treat tooth decay, staining and discoloration, there are times when we need extra help. Cosmetic dentistry provides safe, reliable whitening treatments that are far more effective than over-the-counter products.

Before undergoing any whitening treatments, we will check your mouth to make sure that you don’t have cavities or untreated gum disease. These issues can interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment or cause sensitivity or pain. In addition, some existing dental restorations (crowns, bridges and composite resin fillings) will not lighten with a whitening treatment, so we will need to replace them with new restorations to create an evenly colored smile.

Gum Contouring

Gum contouring can make a dramatic difference in the overall symmetry of your smile. In addition to addressing gummy smiles and uneven gum lines, it can also help patients with teeth that appear short or boxy due to excess gingival display. This cosmetic treatment reshapes or sculpts the gum line by removing or adding tissue as needed, revealing more of the tooth surface and promoting better balance.

The procedure begins with a consultation. This allows the dentist to discuss the patient’s cosmetic goals and address any health concerns. It’s essential to choose a dentist who specializes in gum contouring and has the training to perform this advanced procedure.

Once the gums are numb, a scalpel or laser is used to remove or reshape the tissue. The goal is to achieve a balanced gum line that pushes the teeth to center stage. The dentist may also add gum grafts to augment existing tissue as needed.

After the procedure, the patient should expect some soreness and sensitivity. Medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen can help reduce pain and discomfort during the recovery period. The dentist will also provide instructions for proper gum care, such as eating soft foods and avoiding heavy lifting or exercise.

Patients who undergo gum contouring should avoid smoking for at least five days after the procedure, as this can cause bleeding and swelling. It’s also important to follow the dentist’s advice on when it’s safe to resume regular dietary and lifestyle habits. Patients should also avoid exercise and heavy lifting for the first five days after the procedure, as these activities can increase blood pressure and cause bleeding or swelling. This helps prevent infection and promotes a quick recovery.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are crafted from an ultra-thin porcelain material that is bonded to the surface of your natural teeth. They are a highly effective cosmetic dentistry solution for improving the appearance of misshapen, chipped, discolored, or damaged teeth. Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and stain-resistant, and they can last for decades if well-cared for. However, it is recommended that you follow good oral hygiene practices and schedule professional dental cleanings twice a year to help extend the lifespan of your porcelain veneers.

The dentists at our Chandler cosmetic dentistry practice can assess your eligibility for porcelain veneers, which can be used to correct a variety of aesthetic imperfections in the smile. Many patients seek to have veneers placed on the front teeth to create a straighter, whiter smile without lengthy orthodontic treatment. Porcelain veneers can also be used to repair cracked, chipped, broken, or misaligned teeth.

Veneers can be shaped to reshape the teeth and mask any irregularities or flaws in the smile, and they can be customized to match your existing tooth color. The dentist will reshape the teeth, test for fit and colour, and bond the veneers to the teeth. They are not permanent, though, and you may find that you need to have certain ones replaced over time.

It is important to choose the right shade for your veneers, as some shades might not look very natural in your mouth. The cosmetic dentist will assess your skin tone and the color of your other teeth to find a shade that looks very natural. The process is typically painless, and there is no downtime after the procedure is completed. Some patients experience sensitivity after having porcelain veneers applied, but this can be minimized by using toothpastes and rinses designed for sensitive teeth and avoiding hot or cold foods/drinks.