Cosmetic dentistry is also known as esthetic dentistry, which involves methods of dentistry that improve a patient's appearance and self-image. Every person deserves to have healthy teeth and a beautiful smile, and esthetic procedures repair your stained, discolored, chipped, or broken teeth to give you a better smile.
At South Main Dental, we offer the following cosmetic procedures.
Teeth whitening treatments are the simplest, least expensive, and most effective treatments. Teeth whitening can be performed at the dentist's office in a single visit, as the dental hygienist removes the tartar and plaque from each tooth before they can be whitened using a bleaching agent.
Dental bonding is a process that repairs discolored and damaged teeth by using a composite resin that resembles the natural color of your enamel. After drilling out the tooth decay, the composite is applied to the tooth, and then the material is sculpted into the right shape. The dentist then hardens the material with ultraviolet or laser light and trims and polishes it. This process effectively covers chipped or decayed teeth and is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Dental veneers are custom-made, thin shells or caps that are made to cover your natural teeth. They are made from medical-grade ceramic and cover the tooth's front surface, where they are cemented or bonded, and effectively cover up cracked teeth. Dental veneers are comparatively more expensive than other cosmetic dentistry processes.
Porcelain veneers take two visits compared to composite veneers that can be applied in just one visit to the dentist's office. When you opt for porcelain veneers, you should expect your dentist to gently file down your tooth enamel and send the impression to the dental lab so customized porcelain veneers can be made. You can wear temporary veneers until your permanent veneers are ready and cemented to your teeth.
Dental crowns are thicker than veneers and cover the entirety of your damaged or decayed tooth. It fits over the tooth like a cap, holding a cracked tooth together to prevent further damage. Dental crowns are also used to cover a broken tooth or help to hold a dental bridge securely. Dental crowns are an excellent cosmetic dentistry process to cover discolored teeth, and they can be made with porcelain, resin, or ceramic.
Inlays and onlays, or indirect fillings, are used to fill damaged and decayed teeth. They are made from composite materials, porcelain, or gold. Inlays and onlays cover a tooth with mild to moderate decay and prevent further deterioration by strengthening and restoring its shape. The inlay is placed on a tooth's center, while an onlay covers the entire surface of the tooth.
It is vital to consult cosmetic dentists who can offer proper guidance and advice regarding cosmetic dentistry procedures. Contact us at (662) 586-2311 to book an appointment and take the first step toward a healthier and more beautiful smile.