If your teeth are discolored, stained, chipped, worn or have other issues, cosmetic dentistry can help improve your smile. Cosmetic dentists like those at Cassara Dental, work with you to come up with an effective treatment plan. Below, you’ll learn more information on cosmetic dentistry and the different procedures available.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a type of oral care method that focuses on enhancing the appearance of your teeth, mouth and smile. And, while cosmetic dentistry procedures are typically elective, instead of being essential, there are still some restorative benefits in some cases of treatment.
The most common cosmetic dentistry procedures are relatively easy, while others can be more complex, requiring specialized care.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
There are various benefits of this type of dentistry, including:
1. Helps you Appear Younger
As you get older, dental erosion and discoloration become more prominent. Your tooth enamel’s outer layer becomes worn down to where it reveals the color of your dentin or inner tooth. Other factors can also cause discoloration and could include:
- Radiation or chemotherapy on your head or neck
- Certain diseases
- Environmental conditions
Your dentist can correct these problems, rejuvenate your teeth and help you look younger.
2. Prevents Future Dental Issues
The primary goal of cosmetic dentistry is to provide you with an aesthetically-friendly smile. But, this doesn’t mean your dental health isn’t essential. Actually, being a cosmetic patient, you can receive restorative benefits such as:
- Repairing cavities
- Reinforcing a weak tooth
- Restoring a chipped, cracked or broken tooth
- Covering exposed teeth roots
- Fresh breath
- Straightening teeth which will make for easier and more effective cleaning
3. Improves Confidence
When you lack self-confidence, it can impact your life in various ways. When you feel self-conscious about your teeth, you might not feel confident enough to do things like:
- Talk to your boss about creative ideas
- Speak at team meetings
- Attend extra work functions
You might avoid smiling, therefore, you come across as being unhappy. With cosmetic dentistry, you’re more likely to be a more successful in your personal life and work, because you’re not worried about your appearance.
4. Offers Affordability
More dentists have decided to specialize in cosmetic dentistry as well as new technology. And, with advanced development of industry technology, equipment and innovative procedures, technology has become more affordable.
As technology improvements move forward and more dentists provide these types of services, cosmetic dentistry is becoming more affordable for patients. Before, you might have had to pay out-of-pocket costs all at once. However, today, you have more affordable payment plans and options, making it simpler for you to receive these types of services you require.
5. Provides More Variety in Procedures
Today, dental practitioners and oral surgeons have more variety in new techniques, being able to provide exceptional services to their patients. Furthermore, you can now receive the smile you’ll be proud of since your dentist can now offer various services that will meet your needs the best. For instance, you can talk to your dentist about procedures like:
- Teeth whitening
- Dental implants
- Porcelain veneers
- Facial fillers
6. Strengthens Teeth
Have you stopped eating certain food because you have sore and weak teeth? There are many cosmetic options to help provide you with healthier teeth so you can once again enjoy these foods. And, cosmetic dentistry won’t only enhance your smile, but will also improve your teeth’s strength which will help them perform better and last longer.
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered at Cassara Dental
Cassara Dental provides several cosmetic dentistry options, including:
1. Teeth Bonding
Tooth bonding is where our Mountain View, CA dentist uses tooth-colored material to change the color of your teeth or fill in gaps in your teeth. It requires one office visit, but the bonding can last for a few years. Bonding composite resins might be the best choice of material for slightly decayed and chipped teeth. It’s also used to fill small cavities with a tooth-colored filling. And, tooth bonding can be used to cover the whole outside surface of your tooth to change its shape and color or for closing gaps between your teeth.
2. Inlays and Outlays
These are also called indirect fillings. They’re made by a dental lab and are used when you don’t have enough tooth structure for supporting a filling or if you have a tooth with mild to moderate decay. The dentist places the inlay right onto your tooth’s surface, provided there’s no damage to your tooth cusps. When a greater part of your tooth or the cusp is damaged though, an onlay is used instead for covering the entire surface of the tooth.
3. Teeth Whitening
A basic cosmetic dentistry procedure is teeth whitening and our dentist can perform it right in our office. Whitening should occur after tartar, plaque and other debris are cleaned from each of your teeth’s surface, restoring their natural appearance. The dentist can also bleach your teeth to a lighter shade than their original color.
Veneers are custom-made, thin porcelain shells covering the front of your teeth to disguise imperfections or discoloration.
Contact Cassara Dental for your Cosmetic Dentistry Needs
At Cassara Dental, we use advanced cosmetic dental materials and treatments to redesign your smile. Dr. Joseph M. Cassara DDS and Maria Picariello DDS are experienced, skilled and committed to the health of your mouth and appearance of your teeth using a unique combination of artistry and science. Contact our Mountain View, CA dental office today at 650- 969-2866 to set up your appointment.