Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry includes any procedure that improves the appearance of your teeth or gums. For example, teeth whitening, veneers, and dental bonding are all cosmetic dentistry treatments. While cosmetic dentistry procedures aren't medically necessary, they can enhance your appearance, improve your confidence, and help you make positive first impressions.

At Kiley A. Smith, DDS, some cosmetic dentistry procedures are considered elective, while others are medically necessary. For example, a bridge or crown might be medically necessary to replace missing teeth, whereas teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure.
 

The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

A beautiful smile can improve self-esteem and self-confidence. Not only that, but it can also improve your social life and personal relationships. Cosmetic dentistry can also treat teeth that are:

  • Broken or cracked
  • Discolored or stained
  • Misaligned or crooked
  • Misshapen or uneven

When these imperfections are corrected, you no longer have to worry about feeling self-conscious about your smile.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

There are many do-it-yourself whitening products on the market. However, the products sold over the counter are weaker than the whitening products a dentist provides for patients. These products can irritate the gums, cause teeth sensitivity, and damage your enamel. Professional teeth whitening is the fastest, safest, and most effective option for brightening your smile.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells bonded over the front of your teeth. Veneers are custom-made for each patient and shaped to improve their appearance. Veneers can correct issues such as chipped teeth, cracks, gaps, and misshapen teeth.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a restoration that repairs a damaged tooth. Dental crowns, sometimes called caps, completely cover a tooth that has been injured by decay or injury. They are custom-made to fit your teeth and restore strength, function, and appearance to the damaged tooth.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that repairs minor imperfections like chips, discolorations, and gaps. The tooth-colored resin material is applied directly to the tooth and molded to the desired shape. The composite resin material can be polished and shaped to look like natural teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are an excellent option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.



To learn more about the advantages of cosmetic dentistry, visit Kiley A. Smith, DDS, at 1005 Marlandwood Rd Suite 104, Temple 76502, or call (254) 791-1010.