At La Mesa Dental Services, our dentist may recommend many different types of cosmetic procedures depending on the condition of your teeth and your desired outcome. In many cases, patients undergo multiple procedures to achieve the results they want. For example, change the appearance of your smile by straightening crooked teeth with orthodontics while replacing lost tooth structure with a dental crown. Other standard cosmetic dentistry options include teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, implants, and contouring.
While some of these treatments may be elective, others may be necessary if your teeth or bite are causing problems for you. Even patients who are generally happy with their smiles may want to consider cosmetic dentistry if the teeth are discolored, chipped, or cracked. Sometimes, our dentist may suggest cosmetic dental procedures as a preventative measure against future damage and decay. It’s important to remember that regular checkups are also an essential part of maintaining oral health and preventing damage from occurring in the first place.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that fits over the front of the tooth. While veneers often correct cosmetic flaws such as staining or discoloration, they can also fix minor misalignments or gaps between teeth.
Professional teeth whitening treatments are one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve the look of your smile. The treatment works by removing stains from the outer layers of your teeth to reveal a bright, white smile.
Composite bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin material to the teeth and sculpting the material to create a custom restoration. This treatment can be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth while also improving the appearance of tooth color by applying the resin over existing stains.
The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry has numerous advantages, including an enhanced look and increased self-confidence. However, one of the most significant benefits is its effect on your overall dental health. By improving the appearance of your smile with cosmetic procedures, you can increase the likelihood that you’ll regularly visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings. This can help prevent common dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, because these procedures improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth, you may be more likely to practice good oral hygiene habits by brushing and flossing more often. These improvements can help you to achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful smile!
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving your smile's appearance and oral health. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, contact La Mesa Dental Services at 6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite C/D, San Diego, 92115, or call (619) 871-5001.