A cosmetic procedure is any dental service designed to improve the appearance of your smile. These services can include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and composite bonding at Willow Glen Dental Care. They may also be referred to as aesthetic or esthetic dentistry services.
While improving the look of your smile can make you want to beam ear to ear, these procedures are also highly beneficial functionally. They help improve the appearance of teeth with significant damage or decay. Teeth whitening can also be helpful for stained or discolored teeth that do not respond to tooth-bleaching products. Additionally, composite bonding can correct chips and cracks in teeth and small misalignments, such as gaps between teeth.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
Bonding is a procedure in which tooth-colored composite resin is used to fill in gaps and chips in the teeth. This material comes in a range of tooth color shades and can be shaped and polished to match your surrounding teeth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.
A dental crown restores the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line when large parts of the tooth have been damaged due to injury or decay. Crowns are made of high-quality ceramic material that mimics the look and translucence of natural teeth.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that help disguise cracks, spaces, misalignments, and other minor imperfections in the face. They are custom-made to fit snugly over the front surface of the teeth and are secured in place with a strong bond.
The most popular tooth replacement option, dental implants, are permanently inserted into your jawbone to function like natural teeth. Each dental implant consists of a metal post and a prosthetic crown. The posts are inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure in the dental office. Once the implants have fused to the bone, they become permanent and can support a crown or bridge.
The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
The advantage of cosmetic dentistry is primarily aesthetic, but therapy has some functional benefits. For example, replacing damaged or missing teeth can allow patients to chew and speak more comfortably and confidently, leading to improved quality of life. Also, many patients feel a sense of self-confidence and/or happiness following successful cosmetic dental treatments. Patients who are self-conscious about their teeth may no longer need to hide their smiles when socializing or smiling for photographs. This confidence boost may also improve overall self-esteem and quality of life.
Cosmetic dentistry can help improve the appearance of your smile, but it goes further by improving your oral health. Get in touch with Willow Glen Dental Care at 1600 Willow St, Suite 203, San Jose, CA 95125, or call (408) 978-0911 to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.