Restorative and preventive treatments help preserve your smile's function and health, but sometimes they aren’t enough to give you the beautiful smile you desire. In these cases, you and our dentist may decide to choose cosmetic dentistry services to improve the appearance of your teeth. Some standard cosmetic dental services include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, and orthodontics. During your consultation with our dentist at David Kirkpatrick DDS, you can discuss which options may be best for you and your goals for your smile.
Types of Cosmetic Dental Services
Dental bonding is a procedure that uses a tooth-colored composite resin to repair minor cosmetic issues, such as gaps between teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, and discolored enamel. The dentist will apply the resin in layers and harden each layer with a special light to bond the material to the tooth surface. Once fully cured, the bonded material will be shaped and polished for a natural appearance.
This is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments and it can leave your teeth looking brighter and whiter in just one visit. Patients who choose professional teeth whitening over over-the-counter whitening kits will likely see better results that last longer.
These are thin ceramic shells bonded to the fronts of the teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can close gaps between teeth, make teeth appear straighter and whiter, and fix teeth imperfections such as chips and discoloration. Porcelain is the preferred material for veneer fabrication because of its durability and clarity.
Also known as “caps,” dental crowns are tooth-shaped covers that sit on top of a damaged or decayed tooth to protect it from further damage and restore its appearance. Crowns can also hold a dental bridge in place, cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth, and complete the look of dental implants. Because crowns are custom-made to fit each patient, they can enhance a smile's aesthetics uniformly.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
A bright, straight smile can make you feel more confident and happy with your appearance. If you have a poor self-image or hate your smile, you may be less likely to participate in social events or meet new people. A cosmetic dentist can help give you a smile to be proud of, improving your overall quality of life.
Dental problems affect how you look and can lead to problems with your oral health over time. For example, cavities can eventually lead to tooth loss and gum disease. Cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as tooth-colored fillings or porcelain veneers, can address these issues and help restore the appearance of your smile.
Get in touch with our team at David Kirkpatrick DDS by calling (513) 868-3600 or visiting us at 870 NW Washington Blvd Suite A, Hamilton, OH 45013, to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.