Anyone who would like to improve the aesthetics of their smile is an ideal candidate for cosmetic dentistry. A cosmetic dentist can use cosmetic procedures to help patients improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, chipped, missing, misaligned, too small, or too large. Any of these common issues can negatively affect the appearance of the smile and cause embarrassment.
Many patients who visit a cosmetic dentist do so because they are unhappy with their teeth and want to have them fixed. In other cases, a patient may have several cosmetic issues that need to be addressed directly. Depending on the extent of treatment required, the patient may need more than one treatment to achieve the results they are after. For instance, if a patient has crooked teeth and wants a straighter appearance, the dentist may recommend braces, teeth whitening, or porcelain veneers. Patients who suffer from severe tooth discoloration may first need professional in-office whitening before receiving porcelain veneers. At TLC Dental Care, the dentist will evaluate the teeth during a consultation appointment and recommend the best treatment plan for each issue.
The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Improving the look of their smile
- Straightening teeth and improving alignment
- Repairing damaged teeth and repairing the appearance of the gums
- Eliminating discolorations and enhancing the brightness of their smile
- Improving speech patterns by addressing issues with their teeth placement
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells covering the front of teeth to conceal imperfections like chips, cracks, and stains. They are custom-made for every patient using impressions of their teeth. Once veneers are in place, they are incredibly durable and can last many years with proper care. Patients should avoid biting on hard things or foods that could cause damage, such as ice and hard candy.
This process involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin to the surface of a tooth and hardening it in place with a special light. The resin matches the color of the natural teeth, so no one will be able to tell the difference, but it can cover up minor imperfections like cracks or chips.
Our complete mouth reconstruction procedure can completely transform the appearance and function of your smile. We will create a custom treatment plan that addresses your most pressing concerns so you can feel confident when you smile, eat, and speak.
If you have excess gum tissue along the gumline, we can remove this with a laser to make your teeth appear longer. This procedure may also be recommended if you have an uneven gum line.
There are many ways to improve the appearance of your smile through cosmetic dentistry treatments. To discover more about cosmetic dentistry, visit TLC Dental Care at 1101 West Tokay Street Suite 1, Lodi, CA 95240, or call (209) 334-2821