Are you putting your best smile forward? Cosmetic dentistry is less about changing your appearance and more about enhancing it. Gone are the days of dental work that looks like part of a costume. Today, there are so many exciting advancements in cosmetic dentistry and new techniques are being developed all the time. The end goal is to leave you with a natural, healthy looking smile.
Cosmetic dentistry can enhance your smile through procedures or surgery on the gums, teeth or both. The health of your gums is just as important as your teeth, though they tend to be an afterthought for some. The appearance of your gums has a big impact on your smile. Gum contouring is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that reduces the gum line to expose more of the teeth for patients with a “gummy” smile. Patients who have receding gum lines can benefit from gum augmentation, which restores some of the gums around the teeth.
There are several cosmetic dentistry options available to enhance the appearance of the teeth. Teeth whitening is the quickest way to give your smile a pain-free lift and works by removing stains on the teeth. Veneers are placed over existing teeth to improve the look of your smile and also to protect the teeth from damage. More extensive procedures, like dental implants, are available for patients who have more severe damage to their teeth. Dental implants are prosthetic teeth and roots that are surgically implanted into the jaw. They give the look and feel of natural teeth, and can dramatically improve a patient’s smile.