When your smile needs a bit of help, cosmetic dentistry may be the answer. Some types of cosmetic dentistry are just there to improve the aesthetics of your smile, but other treatments are medically necessary and beautifying at the same time.
At Suwanee Center for Family Dentistry, we offer a range of treatments. Here’s a look at just a few of the options available in our location on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.
Inlays and Onlays
Also called indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are a thin sheet of porcelain that is attached to your tooth’s surface. If you get a filling and there isn’t enough tooth structure to support it, the dentist may put an inlay or onlay over the surface in that spot. In other cases, cosmetic dentists may use inlays or onlays to cover cracks or discoloration in your teeth.
Similar to inlays and onlays, veneers are also thin layers of porcelain that get placed over your teeth. This cosmetic dentistry solution is ideal for misshapen or discolored teeth. For example, if your teeth are too pointy or if there is an unwanted gap between them, the dentist can put a veneer over them. That creates the perfect shape that you want.
In some cases, you need a bigger solution than veneers, inlays, or onlays. In those cases, dental crowns may be the best option. A dental crown is a piece of porcelain shaped to look just like your natural teeth. It can be placed over your tooth like a cap, or if you are missing a tooth in that area, it can be put over an implant.
Also referred to as a composite filling, composite bonding is a natural colored tooth filling. Basically, the dentist follows the same process used for traditional fillings. He or she starts by removing the decay from your tooth—that can involve removing a small amount of decay or doing a full root canal.
Then, instead of putting in a metal filling, the dentist puts in composite. The dentist bonds the composite filing to your existing tooth to ensure that it works as a permanent solution. Finally, the dentist smooths down and shapes the composite material so that it blends with the rest of your teeth. No one can even tell that you have had work done.
Teeth whitening is another type of cosmetic dentistry treatment that is growing in popularity. With this type of procedure, a dentist or oral hygienist applies whitening strips to your teeth, or you rest your teeth in a special set of trays that contain the whitening solution.
Once everything is activated, the dental professional removes the strips or trays. After that, your smile looks sparkling white. Some people opt for this procedure on its own with a dental cleaning, but in other cases, patients opt for whitening after getting an implant, bridge or another type of porcelain prosthetic so that everything matches.
Ready to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and the many options we have available? Then, contact our office today or set up an appointment online, Suwanee Center for Family Dentistry is committed to helping you get the smile that you dream of having.