According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), there was an increase in the number of cosmetic procedures dentists performed between 2013 and 2015. There are many reasons to consider a cosmetic dental procedure, from health-related reasons to improving your appearance. Book an appointment at one of the Washington locations of Northwest Dental -- Bellingham, Burlington, Arlington, Everett, or Oak Harbor -- to explore the cosmetic options available to you.
The AACD defines cosmetic dentistry as having the goal of making a positive change to your teeth and smile. Many procedures fall under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry. A few include:
As one of the least expensive cosmetic procedures, bonding can improve the appearance of decayed, chipped, worn, or cracked teeth. The professionals at Northwest Dental use a material that looks like tooth enamel to cover the damaged tooth, then the composite is sculpted to the shape of the tooth before undergoing a process to harden it.
Teeth whitening can restore the original appearance of your teeth, which become discolored over time. There are many products and several procedures for whitening your teeth, but consulting one of the experienced professionals at Northwest Dental ensures that you use the method best suited to your individual situation.
Veneers, which can be made of porcelain or resin, are very thin shells that are bonded to the fronts of natural teeth. They can be a good option for discolored, chipped, broken, or irregularly-shaped teeth. It usually takes several appointments for veneers to be applied.
In cases where a filling would be too large, or a tooth is discolored or misshapen, a crown can cover the entire tooth, providing strength and limiting the possibility of further damage. With an implant, a small screw is surgically placed in the jaw, and a crown is attached to it. Implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth.
Depending on your situation, there can be numerous benefits to improving your teeth. Missing, decayed, or damaged teeth can be uncomfortable or even painful. Repairing them can make normal day-to-day life more comfortable.
Additionally, improving the look of your smile can give you an enormous boost in self-esteem. You may find that increased self-confidence translates into unexpected ways, whether it’s through better performance in job interviews, less stress in social situations, or a greater willingness to try new experiences.
Finally, cosmetic procedures can make your mouth healthier and function better. If damaged teeth make it more difficult to eat or carry out routine hygiene, correcting decay or damage will necessarily improve health and function.
Your improved smile should not require ongoing special care, but your Northwest Dental expert will discuss your cosmetic procedure and specific situation with you. In the majority of cases, flossing, brushing, and regular visits to your dentist should be adequate care for your new smile.