While traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing and treating oral disease, cosmetic dentistry in Crown Point focuses on improving the appearance of the teeth, mouth and smile.
In other words restorative, general and/or family dental practices address dental problems that require necessary treatment, whereas cosmetic dentistry provides elective treatments or services.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Crown Point: Trends
Technological advancements in natural looking, tooth-colored dental materials make today’s cosmetic dental treatments more durable and predictable than in years past. Additionally, dentists are now using more conservative techniques to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, depending upon your specific situation.
Dentists may also use such technologies as lasers in order to perform some procedures necessary for cosmetic treatments in their own offices – without the need for referrals to specialists. This makes procedures such as smile makeovers more comfortable and convenient for patients, as well as helps to reduce recovery time.
Following are some of the treatment options for cosmetic dentistry in Crown Point.
Inlays/Onlays: Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays made from porcelain or composite materials are a long lasting yet aesthetically pleasing way to provide a filling to teeth with tooth decay or similar structural damage.
Composite Bonding: Chipped, broken, discolored or decayed teeth may be repaired or corrected using a procedure called composite bonding. A dental composite material with the look of enamel and dentin is applied into the cavity or onto the surface of a tooth, where it is then sculpted into shape, contoured and hardened with a high-intensity light.
Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is perhaps the most commonly recommended cosmetic dentistry procedure. Teeth are often stained from smoking, food, drink (coffee, tea or red wine) or poor oral hygiene. Bleaching the teeth can enhance the appearance of your smile
Dental Veneers: Composite or porcelain laminates that are bonded to the surface of a tooth to correct and repair chips and cracks will improve a worn appearance or severe tooth discoloration.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are artificial tooth root replacements that are used as a part of prosthetic dentistry in order to compensate for tooth loss. Often the result is not only an enhanced smile, but also a more youthful appearance.
Smile Makeover: Smile makeovers involve a comprehensive assessment of your smile aesthetics in order to improve its overall appearance. Typically one or more cosmetic procedures will be required for several teeth in both the upper and lower arches in order to achieve the look you want.
Full mouth reconstruction: While consulting with you about a smile makeover to primarily improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, your dentist may discover that there is a need to provide necessary treatment to correct functional problems with your bite, muscles, teeth and bone structure.
Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist in Crown Point
Finding a qualified cosmetic dentist requires careful consideration. Although there technically is no recognized cosmetic dentist specialty, there are an increasing number of dentists offering cosmetic treatments. Combine this with the wide variety of procedures to choose from and the possible need for care beforehand, your choices can be staggering.
If you are interested in any of the procedures described above – or in determining if you are a candidate for cosmetic dentistry in Crown Point – don’t hesitate, call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s get your smile back on track!