Cosmetic Dental Services

Cosmetic dental applications can be used to improve the appearance of your smile. Here are a few cosmetic dental services that can transform the look of your mouth.

Dental Implants

If you have lost a permanent tooth, the resulting gap may cause you to feel a bit self-conscious about your appearance. Still, cosmetic applications, such as dental implants, can offer a natural-looking tooth restoration.

A dental implant can be used as the foundation for a tooth replacement. The implant, which is a false tooth root, is held firmly in position by the jawbone. Thus, after the addition of an abutment and dental crown, the implant-based restoration functions like a natural tooth.

The implant even provides stimulation to the jawbone. As bite pressure is transferred from the implant to the bone of the jaw, the jawbone is stimulated to produce additional bone cells. This cell production is necessary to keep the jawbone healthy and thick. If the jawbone atrophies or shrinks, it can no longer support the soft tissues of the face properly, leading to a worn, aged facial appearance.

If possible, it is best to fill the gap from a missing tooth with a dental implant as soon as possible. By filling the extra space in the mouth, the implant prevents the remaining teeth from shifting out of position and causing a dental misalignment that could further mar an attractive smile.

Chemical Whitening

In some cases, the teeth may have few cosmetic issues other than discoloration. As you ingest food and drinks, your teeth are bathed in the pigments that give the items their color. Deeply hued pigments tend to accumulate in the pores of the tooth enamel over time, resulting in discoloration.

A similar type of staining occurs as tobacco users smoke or chew tobacco. The dark pigments that give the tobacco its brown hues discolor the teeth. 

Chemical dental whitening products use peroxide-based compounds to bleach away stains. Whitening products are available for at-home use, but they can also be applied by a professional.

Professional whitening sessions usually produce the fastest and most notable results. During a professional application, the dentist coats the surfaces of the teeth with the product and allows it to rest in place for the recommended period. The dentist may also apply a specialized light to the teeth to increase the effectiveness of the product. Improvements in the color of the teeth may be seen after a single whitening session.

If you would like to improve the appearance of your teeth through cosmetic dentistry, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.