Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work that is done to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. At Main Street Dental, cosmetic dentistry includes treating teeth that are discolored, misshapen, or missing. Treating a patient’s smile with cosmetic dentistry can not only help him or her feel more confident, but it can also help him or she feel better about his or her appearance.
Why Should I Consider Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that’s dedicated to the beautification of the smile, including all the teeth that show when you smile. It’s often considered to be elective, but cosmetic dentistry can be considered medically necessary, too.
For example, teeth that are crooked or crowded can be more difficult to clean—which can lead to issues with tooth decay and gum disease. Likewise, teeth that are gapped or misaligned may cause problems with biting and chewing, which can impact your nutrition and digestion. For these reasons, cosmetic dentistry can help address functional concerns, thereby improving overall dental health and your quality of life.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses a resin material and a bonding material. The resin material is applied to a tooth, where it bonds to the tooth. The material provides extra support for a tooth, which improves the appearance of the tooth. Dental bonding is often used to improve the appearance of a tooth with a chip or crack. It also can be used to close a gap between two teeth.
Dental crowns are coverings used to restore a tooth to its original shape, size, and function.
A crown can restore a tooth that has severe decay, is broken, or is misshapen. Crowns can be made of either porcelain or metal, though metal crowns are less commonly used today.
Dental fillings are the most common type of cosmetic dentistry procedure. They repair cavities and tooth decay and prevent further problems. There are many types of dental fillings. They range from traditional metal fillings to tooth-colored composite fillings.
A dental bridge is a restoration that consists of one or more artificial teeth that fill in the gap caused by tooth loss. The artificial teeth can be supported by natural-looking dental crowns on either side. Dental bridges can be fabricated out of gold, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
A gum lift, also called a gingivectomy, is a minor surgical procedure that removes excess gum tissue. Gum lifts are sometimes performed to correct a “gummy” smile. A gummy smile can occur when too much gum tissue covers a person’s teeth.
A gum lift can be done with a scalpel or laser. In some cases, a laser gum lift can be done using a soft tissue laser. The laser allows the doctor to remove gum tissue more gently and precisely.
Orthodontic treatment, also known as braces, is a dental treatment that uses orthodontics to correct your bite. By straightening your teeth, you can help improve your smile and the function of your teeth.
To learn more about the perks of cosmetic dentistry, get in touch with Main Street Dental at 3195 S Main St Ste 225, South Salt Lake, UT 84115, or call Dentist in Salt Lake, UT at (801) 467-2255.