What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

There are a number of reasons why an individual may want to have a cosmetic dentistry procedure done. At Advanced Dental Arts, we can provide our dental patients with everything from subtle dental changes to major dental repairs. We can perform a wide variety of dental and oral procedures than can drastically improve anyone’s smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Can Improve the Appearance of Your Teeth

Cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of your teeth. There are a number of different procedures that can be
performed to treat damaged or otherwise imperfect teeth. If you happen to have teeth that are chipped, misshapen, missing, or discolored, we have dental professionals that can not only reshape your teeth but can even restore worn and/or short teeth, close gaps in your teeth, and alter the length of your teeth.

Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures are crowns, bonding, bleaching, veneers, contouring, and reshaping. Some of these cosmetic dentistry procedures yield improvements that are not just cosmetic. A lot of these cosmetic dentistry treatments can also help improve other dental and/or oral problems.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Bleaching

A very popular and common procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter is bleaching. There are a number of reasons why an individual might want to have their teeth bleached. There are some individuals who get their teeth bleached in order get rid of unwanted, unattractive stains on their teeth, and other individuals may just want to have teeth that are whiter and brighter.

There are a number of different reasons why your teeth become discolored. The discoloration occurs in your tooth’s enamel, most commonly caused by drinking beverages such as coffee or tea. Smoking cigarettes or other tobacco use can also cause enamel discoloration. Aging and certain hereditary elements, in general, can be the source of increasing discoloration.

Bleaching: At Home or In Office

At Advanced Dental Arts, we can perform bleaching procedures right in our office. You can also perform certain types of bleaching procedures at home (under the advisement of a dental professional). There are some patients who prefer the convenience of being able to perform the bleaching process at home.

A dental professional creates a custom mouthpiece in order to make sure that the patient uses the proper amount of bleaching solution and that their teeth are correctly exposed to the solution. It’s typical for home bleaching to take up to four weeks, depending on the shade that the patient desires to achieve. A cosmetic dental bleaching procedure that is performed in the dental office can be completed in a 45-minute to 1-hour office visit.