Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that most patients hear when they want to improve the appearance of their smile. Cosmetic dentistry includes any dental procedure that improves the appearance of your smile. Procedures can vary in complexity, from professional teeth whitening to dental veneers. Although most procedures are aimed at enhancing the aesthetics of your smile, some of them also act as restorative treatments.
How do dental veneers work?
Dental veneers are very thin shells of tooth-shaped porcelain that fit over the front of your teeth. They are custom-made in a dental lab and are designed to match the color of your surrounding teeth. When in place, they are almost impossible to spot. Veneers are bonded to the front of the tooth, and this bond helps the veneer stay in place.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a restorative-cum-cosmetic procedure used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are fused between two porcelain crowns, which are bonded to the teeth on either side of the gap. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, fills in the empty space. Dental bridges are a good option
for patients who wish to get a simple tooth replacement without going through surgery.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its natural shape, size, and strength and to improve its appearance. A crown is also commonly used after a root canal to protect the tooth from fractures and further decay. Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, and metal alloys. These materials will be carefully selected to match your existing teeth.
If you need a crown, your dentist will first prepare the tooth by removing decay and shaping it to provide a proper fit. An impression is then taken of your teeth and sent off to a professional dental lab, where your crown will be custom-made. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth while your permanent crown is being made.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone during oral surgery. The titanium post is biocompatible, so the bone fuses with the post through a process called osseointegration. Once the dental implant post is in, a restoration is placed on top of the post. This can be a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. The restoration will look completely natural and last for many years.
What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?
By investing in cosmetic dentistry, you can reap many benefits for your smile. Some of the most common benefits of cosmetic dentistry include:
- Whiter, brighter teeth: Teeth whitening can lift years of stains from your teeth and brighten your smile.
- Increased confidence: When you have a great smile, you are more likely to smile and interact with others.
- More youthful appearance: Your dental imperfections can make you look older, but cosmetic dentistry can reverse that.
- Improved oral health: Often, cosmetic dentistry can help you have a healthier smile, too.
- Better-looking: Cosmetic dentistry treatments can transform your smile into a beautiful one.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Wagner Dental, call (702)-878-5599 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 2045 Village Center Circle, Las Vegas, NV 89134.