An overview of cosmetic dentistry

An overview of cosmetic dentistry

As dental techniques have evolved, the goal of a picture-perfect smile is in reach of virtually any patient who wants one. In fact, many patients are turning to cosmetic dentistry to fix even minor flaws.

Cosmetic dentistry is a versatile specialty that can address a variety of patients’ concerns about their smiles. Whether the problem involves teeth that are stained, crooked or missing, cosmetic dentistry offers a solution.

Dental veneers are a particularly useful technique in cosmetic dentistry. The thin porcelain shells, which are placed over the natural teeth, can cover chips or cracks in teeth or fill in diastemas, or several veneers can help to bring a slightly crooked stretch of teeth into the proper alignment.

In placing veneers, the cosmetic dentist must first take off a thin layer of enamel from the teeth to make room for the veneers. After the enamel has been removed, the dentist takes impressions of the teeth, and those impressions are sent to a dental laboratory, where the veneers are created. The dentist can continue to make adjustments to the veneers as needed before they are permanently bonded to the teeth.

Cosmetic dentists may also turn to dental implants to enhance a patient’s smile. Implants can replace missing teeth to fill in unsightly spaces in the smile. Implant technology has advanced, and the devices now have a remarkably natural look.

Sometimes drastic changes are not needed to improve a smile’s appearance. Mere whitening can suffice. Laser whitening systems, such as ZOOM! Whitening, can leave the teeth up to 10 shades whiter in just an hour. Whitening can also be used for a final flourish on a smile makeover that involved a number of additional procedures.

Additional restorative procedures and devices, such as crowns, inlays and overlays may also be used to help a cosmetic dentist achieve the patient’s smile goals. If you feel that your smile isn’t achieving its full potential, visit Dr. Mark E. Massaro, your dentist serving Tulsa OK, to get started on your path to a more attractive grin.