Cosmetic dentistry is comprised of various treatments that improve the look of teeth and gums and related actions like smiling and chewing. Most cosmetic procedures aim to enhance the whiteness, position, and alignment of teeth. Below is an overview of the most common types of cosmetic dentistry.
Bonding is a filling that literally bonds with teeth. It is used to repair chipped or decayed teeth. Modern dentistry has enabled dentists to create a bonding that precisely matches the patient’s natural tooth color.
Dental bridges correct (bridge) gaps left by missing, decayed, or injured teeth. Before the dentist can install a bridge, they must verify that the patient has sufficient bone support in the jaw and good overall oral health.
A dental crown can perform many functions. It can attach a bridge, cover a damaged, discolored, or misshapen tooth or implant, protect a tooth from fracture, help restore an already fractured tooth, and even take the place of a missing tooth. Crowns can improve both the aesthetics and functional strength of a tooth.
A dental implant is ideal for patients who have lost a tooth to injury, decay, or a root canal treatment. The procedure is performed in two parts. First, the dentist places a metal post into the jaw bone through the gum. After the patient heals, the dentist tops the implant with a crown.
Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional metal braces, offering more flexibility and aesthetic appeal. The dentist uses a mold of the patient’s teeth to create clear trays that apply a small amount of force to straighten teeth gradually. Unlike braces, Invisalign trays can be removed to allow for easier brushing, flossing, and eating.
Made of either composite material or porcelain, veneers are applied to the surface of teeth to improve the cosmetic appeal and help repair damaged teeth. Bonding is one way of applying veneers.
Mainly used to brighten smiles, whitening is a safe, non-invasive treatment. Different types of whitening procedures include tray whitening, strips, and gel treatment.
Having an appealing smile can significantly improve confidence and happiness. At Woodlane Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide patients with personalized treatments in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Feel free to contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment.
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3901 Normal Blvd Suite 202
Lincoln, NE 68506