Separate from traditional dentistry that focuses on oral health, hygiene, and dental well-being, cosmetic dentistry differs in that procedures focus on improving a person’s teeth, mouth, smile, and appearance. While these are deemed important by many people, the treatments differ from other dental problems because they don’t pose a present or necessary urgency.
That doesn’t mean cosmetic dentistry isn’t helpful or valuable or important to oral health. It can bring some restorative benefits such as dental fillings, which treat tooth decay and restore a consistent appearance to repaired teeth.
Because fillings are made from porcelain, gold, or composite materials, they tend to fall into the realm of cosmetic dentistry, as the patient has the choice of materials and dentists can match fillings to the color of a person’s teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry from Don Sing DDS
At Don Sing DDS, we offer the following standard treatments for cosmetic dentistry procedures:
A dental bridge replaces a tooth or several teeth to fill the space where some teeth are missing. This ensures your natural bite and smile remain consistent. Because teeth are made to work together, having a missing tooth can result in increased stress on your teeth and jaw, causing pain.
A veneer is a composite or porcelain laminate that is adhered to the surface of a tooth in order to repair or correct imperfections, chips, and cracks. A veneer can also improve a tooth’s appearance, including if you haven’t found success with teeth whitening, have gaps in your teeth, or suffer from severe discoloration.
Used to repair teeth that are too severely damaged for a dental filling to repair, crowns are a suitable option to maintain the color, shape, and stability of your teeth. Crowns are very durable and can last for many years, but will eventually require replacing.
Depending on a person’s diet, one’s teeth can become stained or discolored over a long period of time. Smoking, coffee, alcohol, food, and poor oral hygiene can darken teeth and reduce the appearance of your smile. There are several professional techniques used to whiten teeth, including bleaching, tray whitening, and in-office whitening.
To schedule an appointment for any of the treatments listed above or for general dental health in a friendly, professional environment, contact the offices of Don Sing DDS today.