Patients who think that a “cosmetic” dental treatment will result in a noticeably unnatural appearance should be pleasantly surprised to learn that a relatively simple treatment will leave behind a lifelike effect on the smile.
Today’s cosmetic dentist has a variety of interventions to choose from in order to improve the aesthetics of patients’ smiles. In fact, this specialty has evolved into an art form of sorts.
A cosmetic dentist can make dramatic improvements to the smile in a short period of time. For example, the dentist can use porcelain veneers to straighten a stretch of slightly crooked teeth, taking just weeks to fix a problem that might require several months of orthodontic treatment otherwise. In as few as two visits, the dentist can design and place the veneers to re-contour the smile.
This technique, known as “instant orthodontics,” appeals to many patients who don’t want to have to postpone having a more beautiful smile.
Veneers are just one tool of the cosmetic dentist, and these versatile appliances may also be used in concealing chips, cracks or stains or to bring an undersized tooth into proportion with the rest of the smile.
While veneers can achieve a great deal, patients may need other cosmetic dentistry treatments as well. A veneer requires an existing tooth to which it can be bonded, so veneers alone will not suffice for patients with severely damaged or missing teeth. In these cases, a metal-free crown or dental bridge will be a more effective treatment.
For some patients, the primary concern is the shade of the smile. These patients can be helped through a teeth whitening system like Zoom! teeth whitening, which can enhance the color of the teeth by up to 10 shades in as little as an hour. Teeth whitening on its own can have a noticeable effect on the smile.
Modern cosmetic dentistry can address a variety of issues with the smile and with minimal discomfort and inconvenience to the patient, so contact the office of Dr. Richard Sousa and explore your options if you’re dissatisfied with the aesthetics of your teeth.