When you look in the mirror, are you happy with your smile? Do you ever find yourself covering your mouth when you laugh or avoiding photos like the plague? Your teeth are one of the first things other people notice, which explains why so many are turning to their dentist for cosmetic dental solutions.
Dentistry has changed a considerable amount over the last 25 years or so and is no longer just about restorative treatment. More people are turning to their dentists for cosmetic procedures, from teeth whitening to bridges and even gum contouring.
At the Cardinal Dental Group in Dayton, Texas, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry options that will not only restore your smile but also give you back your confidence.
So what are some of these smile-changing cosmetic procedures?
While we offer as many as eight cosmetic dentistry procedures at Cardinal Dental Group, there are five that are particularly popular with our patients.
1. Teeth Whitening
By far the most popular and least invasive cosmetic procedure is teeth whitening. No matter how well you look after your teeth, most people will experience staining or discoloration. This is caused by certain foods and drinks, some prescribed medicines and, of course, tobacco products. In as little as one session, your teeth will be brighter and whiter. The Cardinal Dental Group offers in-office whitening, as well as an easy-to-use, convenient treatment that you can use at home.
This particular kit is comfortable, and as far as university studies go, the most effective. Based on your needs, our dentists will give detailed instructions on how to use the teeth whitening kit, how often you should use it, and for how long.
2. Porcelain Veneers
Want to know what most celebrities have in common, other than an impressive bank balance? Most have had a cosmetic procedure known as porcelain veneers. This is a popular choice for people who have chipped or damaged teeth, gaps, misaligned teeth as well as dull or yellow teeth that don’t respond to traditional whitening methods.
While the process is slightly more invasive than say teeth whitening, the results speak for themselves. At the Cardinal Dental Group, our team of experts designs your veneers to suit your facial features and enhance your existing smile. The process involves some preparation of your natural teeth so that the veneers can be positioned correctly. In as little as two visits, you too can have that Hollywood smile.
3. Porcelain Bridges
A missing tooth doesn’t only affect your confidence, it also means the gap where your tooth used to be, can cause your other teeth to shift, leading to more problems down the line. According to Dr. Onemary, a porcelain bridge is not only restorative, but it is also a preventative and cosmetic procedure.
By using your teeth on either side of the gap, your dentist will literally build a bridge to support your new artificial tooth. There are four different types of bridges including a traditional bridge, Maryland bridges, Cantilever bridges, and implant-supported bridges. After a thorough examination, your dentist will be able to recommend the best one for you.
4. Tooth-Colored Fillings
It wasn’t too long ago that fillings were only available in silver. Today your dentist can fill a cavity or replace old fillings with tooth-colored ones. The advances in technology now allow dentists to use a porcelain-based resin that matches your natural teeth.
Not only are these tooth-colored fillings safer and practically invisible, but they also prevent further decay of your tooth. This non-invasive procedure is also popular with a lot of our patients.
Our teeth work hard for us, and with daily wear and tear they can chip, break, or even lose their shape. Your dentist might recommend bonding, which is an affordable and non-invasive cosmetic procedure.
Dr. Onemany uses a porcelain-based resin that she shapes and polishes to match your teeth, or it can be used to change their color. Bonding is also effectively used to fill small gaps between your teeth, and even change the shape and length. Unlike veneers, for example, this procedure can be done in just one visit.
Whatever it is that you don’t like about your teeth or smile, Dr. Onemany together with a team of experts at Cardinal Dental Group in Dayton, Texas, can assist. With years of experience, and a range of affordable payment options, your new and improved smile is just a consultation away. Schedule your consultation now.