Most people choose cosmetic dentistry when they want to fix the appearance of their smiles. The general term “cosmetic dentistry” refers to any type of dental procedure that focuses on improving how your teeth, gums, and overall smile look. In some cases, cosmetic dentistry procedures also improve your oral health or help restore your mouth and teeth to their natural state.
When Is Cosmetic Dentistry Needed?
When most people think of cosmetic dentistry, they typically think about procedures like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, inlays or onlays, or even dental crowns. All of these procedures have one thing in common: they improve the appearance of the teeth and smile.
Cosmetic dental treatments are typically not necessary for your oral health. Most procedures are recommended if you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look or if you feel self-conscious about smiling in public.
Other examples of cosmetic dentistry procedures include dental implants, bonding, and orthodontic treatments like braces. While these treatments are designed to improve the appearance of your teeth, they’re also meant to improve the health of your teeth and gums as well. Therefore, they are considered both restorative and cosmetic.
For patients who aren’t happy with the shade of their teeth, teeth whitening offers a quick way to restore the natural color of the smile. The treatment can brighten teeth by several shades after just one visit, depending on your goals and your natural shade.
Professional teeth whitening also offers more predictable results than over-the-counter whitening trays and gels. We offer take-home treatments for your convenience. Take-home kits include a professional-grade whitening gel and custom-made trays that fit snugly over your teeth. They will lighten your smile gradually over the course of several days or weeks. Both options can help you achieve beautiful results from the comfort of your home.
Reshaping and Sculpting
One way to instantly change one’s teeth is by contouring and reshaping them. Dr. Lage is proficient in reshaping and re-sculpting the teeth to give them a straighter appearance or make them more symmetrical with the rest of the mouth. The procedure can be used to re-contour teeth that are misshaped or shorten teeth that are too long and make your smile appear more appealing.
Fixing Chips and Cracks
Teeth often become chipped and cracked as a result of accidents or trauma, such as biting down on a hard piece of candy or falling and hitting your mouth on a hard object. These small chips may not cause you any physical pain, but they can cause other oral health issues if left untreated. Typically, our dentist can repair these minor fractures with a tooth-colored filling material that matches your surrounding teeth. This helps to restore the appearance and function of the tooth.
If the severity of the damage is too much, we may suggest dental crowns or veneers to restore the teeth. We may also consider composite dental bonding to restore the shape, strength, and structure of the teeth.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (303) 427-4552 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 7475 Dakin St #335, Denver 80221.