Below is a list of some of the most commonly used cosmetic dentistry procedures used in a smile makeover.
Whitening is a worldwide phenomenon. It is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure throughout the world. It is also the most accessible financially. Our teeth change color over time for many reasons. Some of the reasons include:
- Beverages And Food We Enjoy. For example, tea and wine.
- Medications. Certain medication prescribed by your physician can cause tooth discoloration. Tetracycline staining is the most common one when prescribed to developing children. This medication can cause discoloration of teeth that have not even erupted yet.
- Smoking. Causes many harmful effects but yellower teeth is among them.
Types Of Teeth Whitening
There are generally two types of whitening that your dentist will perform:
-In office Whitening. This is performed in about an hour using a special whitening gel and light. You will see a several shade whitening in about an hour.
-At Home Dentist Supervised Whitening. The dentist will make you custom teeth whitening trays and send you home with whitening gel. You will be required to apply the gel to the trays and wear for at least 8-12 hours per day for about 2 weeks. Most people choose to sleep with trays in at night.
Porcelain veneers are also quite popular. These have been popularized by celebrities and Hollywood types to give you that perfectly white even smile. Porcelain veneers are thin fingernail like coverings that can hide imperfections, change color, change shape, and even correct small misalignments in your smile. With modern dental porcelain these can look as natural as your own teeth. They are also highly durable and stain resistant so they will not change color over time. They have an added bonus of protecting against sensitive teeth.
Dental crowns are generally used to protect a tooth that has been damaged via trauma or tooth decay. However, porcelain crowns are highly esthetic and can be used anywhere to give protection as well as esthetics.
Dental bonding is a very simple treatment that many people also use as an alternative to teeth whitening and veneers. During dental bonding, a dental resin is placed onto our teeth and molded to cover imperfections and create an attractive and uniform appearance. It is then hardened using a special light and polished to complete the treatment. A drawback to dental bonding is that it will change color over time and can not be whitened whereas natural teeth can.
Orthodontics (Invisalign or Traditional)
Orthodontic treatment may be recommended if your teeth are very misaligned or you have lots of gaps between your teeth. Orthodontics is as much for function as it is esthetics. Misaligned teeth can cause dental hygiene issues as well speech issues. Options for orthodontics include traditional braces or invisalign clear aligners. Your dentist will go over the specific options for your smile.
Implants are the #1 procedure to replace missing teeth. When properly designed implants can be as cosmetic as any other dental treatment on this list. The final crown placed on an implant will mimic your natural teeth in form, esthetics, and function.
Dental Implants Including All On 4 Dental Implants (“Teeth in a Day”) are the #1 way to replace missing teeth. They are also highly predictable procedures for tooth replacement. Dental Implants have been proven to be safe and successful for long term replacement of a single missing tooth or multiple teeth.
Tooth implants are an artificial tooth root (typically made of titanium) that is placed into your jaw to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth.
What can dental implants do? Dental implants can replace a single tooth, be support for a dental bridge, or in a dental implant supported denture (making it more comfortable and secure). Dental implants are a major part of cosmetic dentistry today.
Only you and your dentist should even know you have implants.
Take back your youthful appearance with Botox Cosmetic. Botox can reduce signs of aging for a youthful, vibrant facial appearance.
Botox offers a quick and highly effective remedy for the facial lines and wrinkles that age, stress, worry, and environmental factors can produce, this can even occur on a younger individual’s face.
A BOTOX injection skin treatment will smooth frown lines on the forehead, between the eyes, and at the base of the nose.
With BOTOX Cosmetic even “crow’s feet” (wrinkles at the corners of the eyes) will fade or disappear for a more youthful and vital facial cosmetic appearance.
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is a natural occurring sugar found in our bodies to replace and fill in what you have lost through aging. There are several products of Juvederm.
They all are used to help address the facial signs of aging. Each product in the Juvederm line features different bonding and concentrations of hyaluronic acid. The different products are each tailored to target specific problems when injected into different areas and depths.
Juvederm is an injectable, clear, smooth gel and will dissipate over time. Juvederm also usually contain Lidocaine (local anesthetic) for patient comfort.
Smile Makeover Conclusion
A well trained, experienced cosmetic dentist will be able to present any and all options that fit your budget and desires for your smile makeover and improve your oral health. It is important to note the final smile design does not have to be generic. Not every smile is the same and neither should yours.
If you are ready for a smile makeover, contact Marielaina Perrone DDS at (702) 458-2929 to schedule a no cost cosmetic dental care consultation appointment. We cannot wait to help you with your oral health and a smile makeover to create the smile of your dreams in Summerlin, Henderson, and Las Vegas, NV.