When you hear the term, ‘cosmetic dentistry,’ what comes to mind first? Your mind likely goes to teeth whitening or orthodontics, but cosmetic dentistry offers so much more. In order to better understand cosmetic dentistry, let’s first define what it is: it’s the branch of dentistry that focuses more so on the appearance of teeth, rather than the overall health of the them.
If cosmetic dentistry involves the overall appearance of a person’s teeth, what are the services dentists offer that fall under cosmetic dentistry? Here at Elevate Dental Wellness, we focus on five different things that can improve the look of your smile:
There are many different options available that may help you achieve the smile that you’ve always wanted. Smile design is the process of first discussing your desired vision and outcome of any cosmetic dentistry procedures you’d like to consider. That’s followed by the use of digital photography and laboratory mock-ups to help you see what your smile will look like, even before we start working in your mouth. Successful cosmetic dentistry outcomes are based in free and open communication between you and your doctor.
Many people can grasp the smile they’ve always wanted simply by whitening their teeth. In order to help you accomplish that, we first complete a thorough examination of your teeth to make sure that there are no unaddressed dental needs. Then, we create and provide you with custom bleaching trays, a special whitening agent, as well as instructions on their use. Once your teeth are as bright as you want them to be, only an occasional “revitalizing” treatment will be needed to maintain your smile.
Sometimes, teeth present with flaws that simple whitening cannot resolve. In those cases, we may present you with options for cosmetic bonding. It’s an affordable and painless way to help repair many cosmetic flaws or injuries. With cosmetic bonding, individual teeth can many times be repaired without requiring the removal of the tooth’s existing structure. Results are immediate and satisfying.
At Elevate Dental Wellness, we use porcelain veneers as an effective way to address a variety of cosmetic concerns. Porcelain veneers are considered to be the ideal solution when the overall structure of a person’s teeth is strong, but the appearance isn’t quite where they want it to be. Porcelain veneers are basically a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to the front of a person’s teeth, and reproduce the translucency and texture of natural teeth very well.
There are several types of orthodontic treatments – wired (traditional on the front of the teeth, or lingual on the back of the teeth), and Invisalign – just to name a couple. Here at Elevate Dental Wellness, Dr. Steinbach is an Invisalign provider.
With Invisalign, you’re given a series of aligners (or trays) that are created specifically for you and your teeth. They’re made of smooth, almost invisible plastic, and gently shift your teeth into place, based on exact movements that are planned out for you. Every two weeks, you start using a new set of aligners until your treatment is complete!
How you feel about your smile is important, and we’re here to help you do that with cosmetic dentistry! If you’d like to learn more about our teeth whitening, veneer, or other cosmetic dentistry offerings, you can schedule a visit by calling us at 970-279-5647, or visiting us online at elevatewillits.com.