Patients often come to us with complaints about the appearance of their smiles. Whether you’re dissatisfied with the shade, condition, alignment or shape of your teeth, we can help! Cosmetic dentistry offers a number of different interventions that help patients get the smile of their dreams.
If you are interested in exploring your cosmetic dentistry options, Dr. Chei will meet with you for an initial consultation in which you will discuss your smile goals and learn about the treatments that may help get you there. Dr. Chei will develop a treatment plan based on your needs and preferences and recommend certain treatments to enhance and improve your smile.
Some patients may need only one or two treatments to get the smile they desire, while others may receive a more comprehensive smile makeover. Dr. Chei can also share results from previous patients whose cases were similar to yours to give you an idea of what may be possible for your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry may include treatments like veneers, teeth whitening and dental bonding. Many of these interventions can be completed in a brief timeframe. In fact, in-office teeth whitening can brighten your smile in as little as an hour!
Furthermore, most of these procedures involve minimal discomfort to the patient. So, there’s no need to delay cosmetic treatments out of dental fear.
Because cosmetic dentistry encompasses so many dental treatments, patients may have a number of questions about those treatments and what they entail. Here are some FAQs about cosmetic dentistry.
An aesthetically pleasing smile balances a number of different factors, including the shade, condition, proportions and alignment of the teeth, as well as attractive, healthy gums to provide a suitable frame for the smile. If your teeth are not an optimal color or damaged or crooked, cosmetic dentistry can address those problems and improve your smile’s appearance. A dentist can use any number of cosmetic treatments, like veneers or teeth whitening, individually or in combination to help the patient attain his or her smile objectives. Dr. Chei will examine your smile and recommend the treatments that will improve your smile the most.
Nearly all patients will be candidates for teeth whitening, although it may not be effective enough to achieve the desired results in all cases. Some deep stains may not respond to conventional teeth whitening systems. In particular, stains caused by medications or those that have been present for years may be difficult to eliminate through teeth whitening. In these cases, patients may need to consider veneers as an alternative to improve their smile.
Veneers may be the most versatile tool in cosmetic dentistry! They are thin, tooth-shaped shells that are bonded on top of your enamel to conceal a variety of flaws. Veneers can hide any number of defects, including dark stains, chips or cracks. Veneers also can create the illusion of a straight smile when some of the teeth are slightly crooked. Similarly, a veneer can be placed atop an undersized tooth to bring it into the proper proportion. Veneers are made of materials like porcelain or composites that share many optical qualities with enamel. Therefore, veneers blend in with the rest of your natural smile. It’s very difficult to detect a veneer from the biological tooth next to it.
Stained or yellow teeth can significantly detract from your smile, although this problem may seem less serious than many other issues faced by patients. Nonetheless, if the color of your teeth makes you ashamed of your smile, you can fix it. Different interventions can help patients eliminate or hide deeply stained teeth. The first approach is typically teeth whitening. With this treatment, bleaching gels are applied to the teeth to clean under the tooth’s surface and release any discoloration that may be present. Some stains may not respond to teeth whitening. In those cases, the patient may find veneers to be a suitable alternative. They are bonded on top of the biological tooth to hide any stains that may be present.