Cosmetic dental procedures have helped many people improve the appearance of their teeth to achieve a natural and authentic look. Although largely an elective rather than essential procedure, some cosmetic treatments also offer restorative benefits. Typically, there are various cosmetic dental procedures, with each procedure having its own benefits. Here is a breakdown of the common ones and why they might be necessary:

  • Tooth whitening 
  • Dental veneers 
  • Implants
  • Inlays and Onlays  

The procedures are discussed below for more insight.

Tooth whitening

Tooth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures and purposely seeks to brighten teeth. Over the years, your teeth can become stained due to various factors such as medication, aging, and personal habits like smoking. Through whitening, the dentist removes plaque, tartar, and any debris that could be staining your teeth to restore their natural appearance. This gives you a better and more confident look. 

Dental veneers  

Veneers are caps that go over your natural teeth and are recommended for people with stains that cannot be removed through whitening. They are also ideal for you if you have crooked or cracked teeth, damaged enamel, and gaps between teeth. Your dentist applies a veneer to each tooth using a dental adhesive to give them a more natural and attractive look. 

Implants

If you have damaged or lost teeth, dental implants can help replace them. The procedure involves a dentist inserting a titanium screw into the jaw at the site of the damaged tooth to provide support for a crown. With time, the bone and supporting tissue fuses to the implants to secure them permanently. It is recommendable to practice dental hygiene during the implanting period and after to avoid infections. 

Inlays and Onlays  

Also known as indirect fillings, Inlays and Onlays are dental procedures used when a tooth has mild or moderate decay in a way that it is unable to support a filling. Inlays are used when there is no damage to the tooth cusps, while Onlays are necessary when tooth cusps are damaged. Inlays and Onlays effectively provide support to strengthen teeth, restore their original shape, and prevent further tooth decay and deterioration.  

Summary 

Learning about the common cosmetic dental procedures and how they can be used to correct dental problems can prompt you to seek help when necessary, and accordingly keep your teeth looking healthy.  

Exquisite Smiles in Attleboro, MA, offers a broad range of dental cosmetic procedures, from implants to teeth whitening and root canal therapy to help restore your smile and dental health. Contact us today for help on these and many more dental concerns.