Few physical changes have a greater impact on your self-image than the restoration of a healthy smile. Cosmetic dentistry helps patients achieve improvements in the appearance of their teeth through the use of various restorative procedures, from professional teeth whitening to dental bonding and porcelain veneers. The staff at Arkansas’ Malvern Dental Center works diligently to give patients healthy smiles through cosmetic dentistry and will explain popular techniques and how they benefit patients.
5 Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Professional Teeth Whitening
While there are many over-the-counter whitening treatments, the best results come from a dentist. Do-it-yourself treatments typically require periodic applications over an extended period, but professional teeth whitening will brighten a patient’s enamel in one or two visits.
Dental bonding involves the application of a composite resin to fill gaps and cracks in teeth or cover discolored areas. It can improve the appearance of teeth dramatically in a single office visit and remain in place for several years.
This technique addresses many of the same issues as bonding but offers longer-lasting results. During the first visit, a dentist will take an impression of the patient’s teeth that will be used to create the dental veneers. On the second visit, the veneers will be cemented directly to the fronts of the teeth and hardened with a beam of light.
This cosmetic dentistry procedure reshapes teeth by removing bits of the enamel. It is used to correct slightly crooked teeth and address bite problems. Before contouring, a dentist will examine X-rays to ensure each tooth’s pulp and nerves will remain undisturbed by the process.
Crowns are permanent covers for badly damaged or chipped teeth. To make a crown, a dentist cements a cover over much of the remaining damaged tooth to restore its function and appearance. While crowns can be expensive compared to other cosmetic dentistry procedures, they are extremely durable.
Any of these five techniques will deliver impressive results to improve the appearance of your smile. To experience the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, call Malvern Dental Center at (501) 337-4908 to make an appointment. Visit them online to find out more about their cosmetic procedures and other services.