It’s no secret that when you look good, you feel good. Oftentimes a minor change to your smile is all it takes to help you feel your best. Procedures such as dental veneers, tooth whitening, dental crowns, dental bridges, and dental implants make a huge difference in your dental health and mental health. That’s why so many people are turning to cosmetic dentistry for a smile lift. Studies have shown that an attractive smile contributes to overall attractiveness. A simple cosmetic dental procedure can make you look great. The positive impact cosmetic dentistry can have on your life is priceless!
Dental veneers, which are sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers, are very thin, custom designed shells, designed to improved the appearance of your teeth by covering the front surface of your natural teeth. These natural tooth colored shells are bonded to the front of your teeth, changing the color, shape, size or length of the tooth. Learn more about dental veneers and our cosmetic dentistry services in Lynchburg.
Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains or blemishes to your teeth that can be caused by coffee, smoking, and many other things that create the discoloration of teeth by using bleach. There are many different options for teeth whitening and it is important that you consider the best option for your personal dental health. Teeth whitening is not recommended for people with gum disease, receding gums, or sensitive teeth. Consult a dentist to find out what the best teeth whitening option is for you.
Dental Crowns are often made out of porcelain, although are sometimes ceramic, and are used to cover one or more teeth that have been damaged and need some sort of extra protection. The crown is cemented to the tooth and acts as a “cap” to the existing one. Crowns are used for many reasons including strengthening a tooth, protecting a tooth fracture, cosmetic appearances in filling the gaps here there is not enough of a remaining tooth to fix in another way, and covering a tooth that has had a root canal treatment. Dental Crowns can have their colors adjusted to match the color of your natural teeth.
Dental bridges are very similar to dental crowns [see Dental Crowns], except they are used to cover a larger area of either a natural gap or missing teeth. They are made of Porcelain material and are kept in place by connecting to crowns on both sides of the bridge. Bridges are more common when there is one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants can make a world of difference to the function and beauty of your smile. If you are missing one or more teeth, implants can fill the space with realistic, durable prosthetic teeth that match your own. One of the key benefits of a dental implant, besides its longevity, is that it is attached to your jaw bone, preventing further bone loss and keeping the remaining teeth from shifting position. An implant is made up of three parts: the titanium or titanium-alloy fixture that is surgically implanted into the bone; a short piece called an abutment that is the connector between the implant and the crown; and the visible portion, which is the natural-looking custom-made crown. Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. A consultation with Dr. O’Donnell will help you find out if they are a good fit for you.
Cosmetic dentistry to create a beautiful smile inside and out
The growing interest in aesthetics is blurring the line between restorative and cosmetic dental treatment. Cosmetic dentistry has become so popular that restorative treatments are now adopting cosmetic elements into their procedures. For instance, a tooth filling or crown can be designed to match the natural shape and color of your tooth, hiding the fact that you’ve had any “work done.” Cosmetic dentistry can also be used as a preventive measure — chipped, crooked and missing teeth are not only embarrassing, but they could cause more serious dental problems in the future. Using cosmetic dentistry to correct these problems will not only improve your smile but could also help improve your dental health!
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental care, our dental services, dental appointment or treatment, contact us today.