Aug 8

What is Cosmetic Dentistry and When Should You Get it Done?

Cosmetic Dentist Oakland

Cosmetic dentistry is a pretty broad term that is used to describe the professional improvement of one’s smile. Our qualified, experienced dentists can apply a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry techniques to treat misshapen or discolored teeth, replace missing teeth and repair teeth that have been broken, chipped or damaged in some other way. Let’s take a look at some of the more common cosmetic procedures to help you determine if or when any of these options would be right for you.

Bleaching – This is probably the most common cosmetic procedure performed by dentists, as it’s simply a way to professionally whiten the teeth. Tooth discoloration can be caused by a wide variety of things, from smoking to food and drink preferences to trauma and even certain medications. The resulting stained or yellowed teeth can be embarrassing. While there are various kits available for bleaching at home, the best and safest results can only be achieved through a dental professionals like ourselves.

Bonding – This technique can be used to repair a number of cosmetic dental problems, including gaps between the teeth, chips or minor decay, discoloration and more. The bond composite material is quite durable and can last several years; however, it is also more susceptible to stains and chips than other restoration techniques.

Crowns – Crowns are used to restore a tooth to its normal size, shape and color. They are placed over the teeth by a dentist and adhered securely for long-lasting results. Crowns are generally used when other options have either been exhausted or are deemed to be insufficient. This is because they are time consuming and can be expensive.

Veneers – These ultrathin pieces of plastic or porcelain can be placed over the teeth to change their color, shape and overall appearance. Veneers are a much more affordable alternative to crowns, and can be used to correct many of the same problems that bonding is used for. They are custom-made and cemented to the tooth by our experienced dental professionals, providing long-lasting, stain-resistant durability.

Reshaping/Contouring – This professional cosmetic dentistry technique is used to change the shape, size and/or position of the teeth. Reshaping or contouring of the teeth is often used to correct slight problems with an otherwise normal, healthy smile and is sometimes used to correct problems with bite.

Now that you’ve got an idea of what cosmetic dental procedures are available and what each of them is used to correct, the next question is when should you pursue such a procedure for yourself? If you’ve struggled with certain cosmetic features of your smile that you dislike, such as discoloration, crooked or unevenly spaced teeth, broken or chipped teeth or anything else that makes you feel self-conscious, cosmetic dentistry is certainly something worth considering.

Your best bet is to sit down and discuss your particular situation with us! We will go over the available options and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the proposed procedure to help you make the most informed decision.


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