Everyone has a beautiful smile – you may just not realize it. Cosmetic dentistry allows you to correct aesthetic imperfections in your teeth, whether these problems have been acquired over time or have always been present. Teeth stains, crooked teeth, chips, and cracks, all can be corrected through modern cosmetic dentistry services. You can have the smile you’ve always wanted.
Contact Crestwood Dental Group now to learn more about cosmetic dentistry options in the St. Louis and Crestwood, MO region.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Today, cosmetic dentistry techniques allow Dr. Maxwell to help you with almost any dental appearance issue. While procedures such as teeth whitening are well-known, cosmetic dental offerings can go much further. In fact, contemporary services include changing the shape of your gum line, closing unattractive gaps, or even restoring an unsightly, badly-damaged tooth.
Here is information on some of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments:
Dental bonding is the use of a special, tooth-colored material to effect cosmetic improvements. For example, Dr. Maxwell can use bonding to repair a chipped tooth or reduce large spaces between teeth. Bonding material is also useful for covering teeth that have been heavily stained by some medications or tobacco use.
Contouring and Reshaping
Straight, symmetrical teeth are attractive. The human eye is instinctively satisfied by evenness and symmetry. With contouring and reshaping, you can correct overlapping, uneven, or crooked teeth. This procedure can also be used in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments like bonding.
Crowns not only offer support to weakened teeth, but they look great too. Available in various materials, a crown caps your tooth. It covers the entire part of the tooth above the gumline.
Veneers are incredibly thin coverings that have many cosmetic uses. Overlaid on the front of your teeth, cosmetic veneers can cover gaps, chips, and deep staining. Veneers are permanent and durable.
Teeth Whitening and Bleaching
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental services. Stains accumulate on your teeth over time from eating, drinking, and tobacco. Over-the-counter toothpastes and whitening solution are often not sufficient to remove these stains. But Dr. Maxwell has effective professional whitening options, including Laser Teeth Whitening.
Excessive or Uneven Gums
A “gummy” smile is sometimes hereditary, but many patients wish they could change their grin to show more of their pearly whites. Now you can. Dr. Maxwell can recontour your gumline to make it more even or reduce excessive gum tissue, giving you your ideal smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQ
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and smile.
How do I know whether a cosmetic dentist is good or not?
It is important to do your research when looking for a cosmetic dentist. Patients should read referrals, reviews, and rely on their experience with the doctor.
Will my dental insurance pay for my new smile?
All plans are different, but most only cover necessary dental work. If your teeth require fillings and crowns due to fracture, decay, or existing fillings, most insurances will cover the procedure.
What cosmetic dentistry procedures are available for people who are missing teeth?
Procedures to replace teeth include crowns and bridges, implants, partials, and dentures.
What is bonding? How is it different from other cosmetic dental procedures?
Bonding is using composite (white) filling material to cover part of a tooth. It can be very esthetic but not as strong as crowns or veneers.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
Teeth whitening can cause some sensitivity depending on the strength of the whitening gel and how sensitive someone’s teeth are. There are many whitening options available for patients based on their specific needs.
How are veneers different from crowns?
Veneers typically only cover the front surface of the teeth and only partially on the back. They are made from porcelain and are not as strong as crowns, which will cover your entire tooth above the gum line. Veneers can be more esthetic and natural looking than crowns. However, most insurances will not cover veneers.
Do veneers make teeth sensitive?
Veneers can cause post-operative sensitivity depending on how much of the tooth was prepared.
How many visits will it take to fix and improve my smile?
The number of dental visit it may take to fix and improve your smile depends on the treatment necessary. It could require only one visit. However, more extensive work could require many visits to complete.
Can children or teenagers have cosmetic dentistry?
Yes, but normally to repair broken or chipped teeth. Orthodontics is more common in children/teens to improve the smile. Sometimes cosmetic work, such as bonding or veneers, is then needed to help with orthodontic outcomes.