As the name suggests, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s smile. At HD Smile Dental, cosmetic dentistry procedures typically improve the look of a person’s smile as well as help correct minor tooth misalignments. For example, if a patient has a slightly crooked front tooth, the Dentist in Hollywood, CA can use porcelain veneers to give them a straighter-looking smile.
Many patients visit their dentist for cosmetic reasons. However, there are often underlying oral health concerns beneath the surface of a discolored or misshapen smile. For example, if a patient has teeth that are shorter than usual, the cosmetic dentist may recommend composite bonding or a dental crown to help lengthen the teeth and improve their look. Although the procedure may be purely cosmetic, it may also address an underlying dental problem like malocclusion.
Reasons for Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Patients typically seek cosmetic dentistry treatments to fix a smile damaged by decay, injury, or aging. If you have teeth that are cracked, chipped, discolored, misshapen, or uneven, your dentist may recommend one or more cosmetic dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile. These procedures can help to:
- Boost confidence and self-esteem
- Rejuvenate the smile’s appearance
- Restore the structure and functionality of the smile
- Repair damage related to tooth decay and infection
- Replace missing teeth
- Straighten misaligned teeth
- Fill gaps between teeth
- Whiten stained or yellowed teeth
- Reduce overcrowding in the mouth
- Correct bite issues
- Protect the teeth from further damage
- Restore damaged teeth
- Reduce the risk of cavities in the future
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
A composite filling is a way to restore a tooth’s function and shape following cavity treatment. Composite is a tooth-colored plastic mixture that can be matched to the color of your natural teeth for seamless results. The material is also durable so that it can withstand eating and chewing. It is also a good choice for treating small cavities or repairing chips or cracks in teeth.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain bonded to the tooth's front surface. They can correct imperfections, including discoloration, alignment issues, gaps between teeth, and chips. Because they are custom-made for each individual’s unique smile and facial structure, they are an excellent treatment option for cosmetic dentistry.
If tooth decay progresses to the point where the tooth cannot be saved with fillings, it may be necessary to have a crown placed over it to protect it from further damage. Porcelain would be the material of choice for its strength and durability. The restoration would also cover the remaining visible portion of the tooth, helping to prevent further decay by protecting it from food particles and plaque.
Many cosmetic dental procedures can improve the look of your teeth and smile. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, contact HD Smile Dental at 1680 Vine St #200, Hollywood, CA 90028, or call (323) 464-2033.