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Understanding the Different Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Having a beautiful, bright, and healthy smile not only enhances your appearance, but it allows you to smile with confidence. Advances in cosmetic dentistry allow you to improve your smile and oral health with treatments that are painless, quick, and more affordable than ever. At Stuart Curry Dentistry, an experienced dentist can evaluate your oral health and discuss cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve your quality of life, and restore your smile. 

Understanding the Different Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures

If you want to improve the appearance of your stained or discolored teeth, boost your self-confidence, or repair damaged, broken, misshapen, or chipped teeth, there are many cosmetic dentistry procedures to choose from. Treatment can include dental implants, crowns, teeth whitening, veneers, and more.

Cosmetic dental treatments can be the last step in making your teeth and mouth look perfect after an emergency or routine treatment.

These days, cosmetic dental procedures are more popular than ever, with treatment options that range from teeth whitening and crowns to gum and tooth contouring.

Dental Veneers

If you want to improve your smile, porcelain dental veneers can be an affordable, simple option. A veneer is a thin covering that’s placed over the front of a tooth. They’re commonly used to correct, damaged, crooked teeth, chipped, or stained teeth. They’re also a great option to help conceal gaps between teeth.

Veneers are available in composite resin or porcelain material. At Stuart Curry Dentistry, our team will help you choose the type of material that will work the best for your smile and your budget. Porcelain veneers offer the strongest, most esthetic result and are custom-made at a lab, while composite resin veneers are directly sculpted onto the tooth by a dental professional.

Dental Bonding

Cosmetic tooth bonding is a simple, fast cosmetic procedure in which a dentist will repair any damage by attaching composite resin to a patient’s existing teeth. The resin will be shaped, then hardened with a UV light. Once the material has hardened, it will cover the damaged tooth, resulting in a natural, healthy-looking smile.

For many, dental bonding can be a more affordable option compared to dental implants or veneers, making it a good choice for someone on a tight budget with a broken or chipped tooth that wants to quickly restore their smile.

Teeth Whitening

Out of all the cosmetic procedures available, teeth whitening is the most affordable, straightforward, and popular option. Teeth whitening is designed to correct any discoloration, for an instant, whiter, brighter smile. During the procedure, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned to eliminate debris, tartar, and plaque from the crevices of the teeth. Depending on the severity of the discoloration, your dentist will also use bleaching agents to make the teeth appear whiter and healthier. If you only have a few discolored teeth, your dentist will use bleaching agents to match the discolored teeth to your natural tooth color, for a beautiful healthy-looking smile. 

Tooth and Gum Contouring

Tooth contouring involves the use of lasers and drills to remove some of the enamel from the teeth until they’re the desired length, shape, and size. Once the procedure is complete, a patient’s teeth will be polished for a clean and natural-looking shine. Tooth contouring is a minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure that offers instant, beautiful results. Patients with teeth that are overly long or those with teeth that are slightly misshapen are great candidates for this procedure.

Gum contouring is designed to change the shape of a patient’s gums. During the procedure, a dentist will remove any excess gum tissue that causes a gummy smile. The procedure can also help patients that need gum tissue restoration and is often recommended for patients with receding gums to restore gum tissue. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants consist of titanium replacement tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone. Once the root has integrated with the bone, an implant is used to secure a complete denture, or support a bridge or crown. Implants can be used to eliminate dentures or partial plates. Dental implant treatment has been available for decades and has a high success rate. These implants feel and look like natural teeth and can restore function.

Dental Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays

A dental crown, onlay, or inlay can be placed to restore the strength of a tooth. Onlays and inlays are pre-molded fillings that are used when a dental crown would be excessive and dental fillings would be insufficient. Inlays fit with the tooth’s surface, while onlays cover the edges of a tooth. Crowns encase the entire tooth with a natural-looking, durable cap.

Contact Curry Dentistry to Schedule an Appointment Today!

Cosmetic dentistry is a field that’s rapidly advancing. There are many dental improvements that have changed the way a dentist now approaches cosmetic procedures. Join the Stuart Curry Dentistry family for exceptional general and cosmetic dental care in Birmingham, Alabama. Proudly serving Vestavia Hills and the surrounding areas – call us today to schedule your appointment!

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