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Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

December 14, 2019

If you were born with perfect teeth, feel free to skip this post. If you are like the rest of us, don't despair. There are more cosmetic dental treatments available than ever before due to recent innovations in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Minor defects in teeth, including stains, chips and cracks can be corrected using various techniques. You just need some solid information to get you started.

Dental Contouring

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Dental contouring helps correct subtle problems with teeth that are cosmetic in nature. You may find that even the smallest changes can make a tremendous difference in your smile after undergoing a contouring procedure.

Some problems that dental contouring can correct include irregularly shaped teeth, pointy cuspids, overlapping teeth or small chips. The technique itself involves the removal of small portions of the tooth enamel. This helps to alter the surface, shape, or length of a tooth or multiple teeth. This practice is often used in conjunction with dental bonding that involves the use of a composite material to reshape teeth.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are an extremely popular treatment choice for anyone with discolored, broken or chipped teeth. Veneers are thin shells that we attach to the front of your teeth to enhance their appearance. Porcelain is the most popular type of material used in veneers.

Although many patients only receive one dental veneer when they have a problem with a tooth, many get multiple dental veneers to completely alter their smile so that it appears more symmetrical and even. Since this is a cosmetic treatment, the front row of teeth is most commonly treated with this procedure.

The process of receiving dental veneers is pretty basic. We form a mold of your teeth, which is sent to a lab. The lab creates your veneers using this mold. After we have received your veneers from the lab, you can schedule an appointment to have them fixed on your teeth. After completely cleaning your teeth, we will place the veneers on your teeth using a special cement.

After Your Veneers Placement

There really isn't any complicated set of instructions to go by after receiving your dental veneers. You should be able to eat and chew as normal. Be sure not to chew on your cheeks or tongue when anesthesia is wearing off. Any rough spots should naturally wear down within a few days of normal teeth brushing and eating. If not, we can smooth them out for you.

Now that you have received your dental veneers, you will want them to last as long as possible. Avoid chewing on hard objects like ice, pens or fingernails. Do not use teeth to open any type of package. Avoid chewing using your front teeth. Use your back teeth for eating harder foods.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are ready to enhance the appearance of your smile with a Image Dental & Orthodontics cosmetic procedure, please contact our office today to book your consultation or appointment.

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