Do you want a whiter, brighter, and more attractive smile? Modern techniques for cosmetic dentistry have made getting the smile you have always wanted easier than ever before. There are a variety of dental treatments that can correct problems and make improvements to your teeth so you can flash your winning smile with confidence.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry refers to all types of dental work done to improve the appearance of your teeth, gums, or bite. There are many reasons why cosmetic dental treatments are growing in popularity. The top benefits include:
- A more beautiful smile
- Better oral health
- Increased comfort
- Improved self-confidence
A healthy and vibrant smile does wonders for your self-image and gives you the courage to go after new opportunities and live life fully.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services at Chappaqua Dentistry
More patients are seeking cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the aesthetic of their teeth. New technology, methods, and treatments have made these services more accessible and discreet, making them highly sought after.
If you are interested in repairing or improving the look of your smile, schedule an appointment to talk to your dentist. Together, you can decide on a course of action that addresses all of your concerns. Learn more about the procedures available from our Chappaqua Dentistry team to get an idea of what is possible and what you might need.
Whitening treatments are one of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments. It’s normal for teeth to discolor and develop stains over time from eating, drinking, and lifestyle habits such as smoking. Other causes include aging and poor oral hygiene. These unsightly stains are a major source of discomfort for many patients who choose to correct their tooth color through whitening procedures.
You can help to reduce the risk of staining by taking good care of your teeth through daily brushing and flossing. There are also at-home kits you can use yourself. However, a professional whitening treatment is the most effective way to brighten your teeth with multiple shades quickly. Many patients get their desired results from a single treatment. If you have extensive or difficult stains, your dentist may recommend several in-office whitening treatments to achieve the right shade.
Treatment for Chipped and Cracked Teeth
Dental bonding is one of the ways to repair minor issues with chipped and cracked teeth. This procedure doesn’t typically require anesthesia. Your dentist uses a colored composite resin that matches your teeth to repair the affected tooth. The resin is shaped to fit the imperfection and blends seamlessly with the contours of your teeth.
When cracks are severe, you might need a different approach. Root canals are used when the crack reaches the tooth’s pulp. This procedure removes any infection before filling the tooth and topping the area with a crown. If you have a tooth that is damaged enough to require extraction, then dental implants comprised of a titanium post and crown are used to replace it.
If one or more of your teeth is showing signs of wear or is becoming susceptible to damage or decay, your dentist may recommend dental crowns to remedy the problem. They work to hold together a cracked tooth and protect against future breakage. Crowns are also an effective treatment for discoloration and to support an area of tooth loss due to a filling.
Crowns are often used in combination with implants to replace one or more missing teeth. Once you have dental implants placed for a lost tooth, the posts are topped with porcelain crowns made to match your natural teeth. The crowns are made using 3D imaging technology to get an exact shape that matches your mouth and remaining natural teeth. Dental crowns are a permanent solution that looks and functions just like your real teeth.
Modern dentistry has come a long way. Traditional metal braces are still a useful option but many patients, particularly older adults, prefer a more discreet method to straighten their teeth. Invisalign is an excellent alternative that uses clear aligner trays custom-fit to your teeth to gently move your teeth into the desired position.
The aligners fit snugly around each tooth and snap on easily. You get a new set every two weeks as your teeth shift. Another useful feature of Invisalign is that you can remove them for short periods to clean your teeth, or even for an important event. Most patients get the results they want in six to nine months. In some cases, it could take a year or longer to get perfectly straight teeth.
Dental veneers are thin, medical-grade porcelain shells that fits over your natural teeth. They are a popular way to repair teeth, close gaps, reshape teeth, and improve their overall appearance. Your dentist must perform an exam to make sure your natural teeth are healthy and in good condition before veneers are placed. Once you have them, they are simple to care for and even resist stains.
Fillings, Inlays, and Onlays
Cosmetic dentistry uses fillings of composite resin instead of metal to match your natural teeth and blend in. In cases where fillings are inappropriate due to a lack of sufficient tooth structure, your dentist may use inlays and onlays. An inlay is placed over the damaged part of the tooth’s surface. Onlays are used to cover an entire tooth when the damage is more extensive.
Dentures are available in partial or full form. Partial dentures, also called bridges, replace missing teeth that create gaps in your smile. Dental bridges are made from a removable metal frame that is affixed to your natural teeth on either side of the gap. If all of your teeth are missing or damaged and require extraction, then you must get a complete set of dentures.
You can choose one service that focuses on your greatest concern, or opt for a combination of treatments for a full smile makeover. Talk to your dentist about your wishes to get recommendations on the best cosmetic dentistry services to achieve your goals.
Get a Gorgeous Smile
Dr. Steven A. Brisman and the entire dental team at Chappaqua Dentistry have years of experience to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We offer friendly and comfortable dental services in a relaxed environment meant to set you at ease. Contact us today for an appointment!