Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental procedure that helps improve the appearance of your smile. Most cosmetic dentistry procedures focus on correcting the following common aesthetic issues:
- Mismatched or discolored teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Broken teeth
- Unhealthy gums
What is tooth whitening?
Tooth discoloration can occur for a variety of reasons. Poor oral hygiene habits, such as not flossing every day, can leave stains on the enamel. When a tooth has deep stains, they are difficult to remove with at-home whitening products. These types of deep stains are often caused by internal tooth structures that become discolored.
Tooth whitening is a special technique used to lighten the color of your teeth. A whitening solution is applied to the teeth, and a special light is used to activate it. This treatment will work better on teeth that are yellow, brown, or orange-stained, and it will generally not work on teeth that are gray. If you have gray-colored teeth, it is best to talk to your dentist about porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored material that are bonded to cover the front of your teeth. They offer a natural, beautiful, and aesthetically pleasing way to improve your smile. Veneers can be used to cover up chips, cracks, and minor misalignments, as well as to cover teeth that are permanently stained or discolored.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a permanent covering that restores a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. Dental crowns are made out of durable materials like ceramic or porcelain. The crown is carefully molded to fit your tooth. The crown is usually placed over a tooth that is broken, worn down, or extensively filled.
A dental crown can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, or alignment. They can also be used to:
- Address a tooth that is cracked or chipped
- Restore a tooth that has decay or damage
- Cover an implant
- Protect a tooth after a root canal
- Support a dental bridge
- Fill a gap between two teeth
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. Crowns can be placed on healthy teeth surrounding empty space to support an artificial tooth. The bridge is anchored in place with crowns that are placed on teeth on both sides of the gap.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are permanent titanium studs that replace missing teeth. The screws are placed into the jawbone to serve as anchors for dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dental implants are secured to the bone, mimicking the look and feel of natural teeth.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Gerard and Moore Dental, call (505)-293-6125 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 8310 Palomas Ave NE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87109.