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Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental procedures and treatments that enhance the appearance of your smile, including teeth that are chipped, discolored, misshapen, or too small or too short. Perhaps you’ve always wished for straighter or more evenly spaced teeth, or you wish your smile were brighter. If you are interested in making cosmetic changes to your teeth, talk to your dentist about treatment options. Here are the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures that can enhance your smile.

Dental bonding

One of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures is dental bonding, which involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin material to the surface of your tooth. This material is made to match the color of your teeth, so when the material is bonded to your tooth, your smile looks completely natural.

The tooth-colored composite material is made of a plastic and glass mixture that’s extremely moldable when first applied. We can shape it to look like the part of your tooth that needs to be repaired. Then, we harden the material with a curing light so that it’s hard and durable. With good oral hygiene habits, dental bonding can last for up to ten years before needing to be replaced.

Teeth whitening

If you want to brighten your smile, teeth whitening is one of the fastest and easiest cosmetic procedures available. You can receive this procedure either in the dentist’s office or at home with a kit provided by your dentist.

Your dentist will first clean your teeth to remove any plaque that could make the whitening procedure less effective. Then they will apply a whitening gel to your teeth and leave it there for several minutes so it can penetrate deep below the enamel surface. This process may be repeated several times to achieve the desired results.

If you opt for a home whitening kit, your dentist will recommend one that you can apply on your own. They will give clear instructions on how to apply the gel and how often you should do it.

Teeth whitening treatment is best for patients with extrinsic stains on the teeth caused by smoking or by consuming dark foods and beverages like coffee, tea, soda, and red wine.

Porcelain veneers

Veneers cover the surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They can also be used to fix minor alignment issues, such as small gaps between teeth or slightly misaligned teeth. The material used to make them is thin, so placing veneers is a minimally invasive procedure that can be completed in two office visits. Once they’re in place, you’ll gain a new smile that’s more aesthetically pleasing.

Veneers are resistant to stains and can last for many years if they’re properly cared for. Although they are not a permanent solution, they can last for an average of 10-20 years before needing replacement. Keep in mind that the natural teeth underneath the veneer are still susceptible to decay, gum disease, and other common dental problems. This is why it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene habits with regular brushing and flossing.

Get in touch with Dental Aesthetic at 10220 W Bell Rd Suite 104, Sun City, AZ 85351, or call 623-300-5432 to schedule an appointment.


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