Patients who consult with a cosmetic dentist to improve the appearance of their smiles want to get results that look natural and lifelike. Many cosmetic interventions can be used in order to achieve this goal.
Your provider will work diligently to make sure that all treatments used in your case result in a realistic aesthetic, so that the treated teeth will be indistinguishable from your biological ones. Each case’s treatment plan is customized to best meet that patient’s needs.
Cosmetic Dentistry Interventions That Enhance Your Smile
After assessing your case and discussing your smile goals with you, the cosmetic dentist may recommend one of the following interventions to help you get the smile of your dreams:
- At-home teeth whitening: The patient wears custom-designed trays containing bleaching gel for a specified period of time over the course of several days. The custom-designed trays achieve maximum effectiveness of the treatment, leaving the teeth 8-10 shades whiter.
- Porcelain veneers: Thin, tooth-shaped shells made of porcelain are bonded atop the biological teeth to conceal defects like chips, cracks and deep stains that don’t respond to whitening.
- Composite fillings: Cavities are filled using tooth-colored composite materials that blend in with the rest of the smile. Composite fillings can be used to address new cavities or replace older dark metal fillings that detract from the smile.
- Porcelain crowns: Tooth-shaped caps are placed on top of a natural tooth that has been severely damaged by decay or injury. Porcelain crowns are used to restore both the structural integrity and appearance of teeth.
These interventions can be used individually or in combination, depending on the patient’s needs.
Tailoring The Treatment Process For Natural Results
A cosmetic dentist blends science and art in their work, allowing them to provide restorations and other treatments that mimic the appearance of the biological teeth in the smile.
For example, your dentist can customize the shade of porcelain veneers or a porcelain crown to match its natural neighbors. Similarly, the materials used in composite fillings can be adjusted to blend in with the shade of your enamel.
Additionally, porcelain veneers and crowns are crafted based specifically on the unique structure of your teeth, which is provided to the dental lab by your dentist. Therefore, they will be proportionate in size and shape, as well as shade.
To learn more about our cosmetic treatments and what kind of results can be expected in your case, call the office of Dr. Barry Buchanan to schedule a consultation.