Cosmetic Dentistry Can Give You The Hollywood Smile You Desire
Are you unhappy with how your teeth look? Do you sometimes hesitate to smile because you do not like how your teeth look? If the answer to this is yes, you may want to talk to your Emeryville, CA dentist about cosmetic dentistry. Over the years, cosmetic dental procedures have become more and more effective to the point where today there are a variety of effective ways for your dentist to improve your smile. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist about cosmetic dentistry.
One of the most popular ways to improve your smile is to have your teeth whitened. If you do not want to spend the money on an in-office procedure, your dentist can provide you with a customized take-home whitening kit. He or she will take an impression of your teeth in order to create your whitening trays. You will fill them with whitening gel at home and wear them on your teeth for a certain amount of time each day for about two weeks. At that point, your teeth will have become much whiter. There are also a variety of over the counter whitening products on the market, although they are not as effective as dentist-approved methods.
Dental veneers are thin custom-fitted shells of tooth-colored material that are directly attached to the front of your teeth in order to improve their appearance. To install a set of veneers, your dentist first will anesthetize your teeth and lightly buff about ½ millimeter of enamel from the front of your teeth. After taking an impression of your teeth, your veneers will be created at a dental lab. When they are ready, your dentist will permanently cement them into place. Once they are put in, they will cover any discolorations or small gaps in your teeth and greatly improve your smile.
If you have a single tooth that is chipped, discolored or otherwise disfigured, your dentist may fix the problem with a dental crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is directly installed on top of a tooth to improve its strength, size, shape and/or appearance. To put one in, your dentist first has to file down your existing tooth in order to make enough room for the crown to fit in your mouth. After taking an impression, he or she will install the crown. Once put in, it will both appear and function as one of your normal teeth.
To learn more about cosmetic dentistry or to schedule an appointment, contact your dentist at (510) 595-1900 in Emeryville, CA today.