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Some people are born with a perfect set of teeth, while others need a cosmetic dentist to get there. Cosmetic dentists specialize in addressing aesthetic issues that affect the way teeth look. Think of cosmetic dentists as artists who have mastered how to make teeth look their very best.

Thanks to modern dental innovations, there is no such thing as a smile that is too bad to be improved with cosmetic dentistry. Many of the famous smiles you see on TV were crafted by cosmetic dental treatments.

Some of the treatments a cosmetic dentist might recommend to patients looking to enhance the way their teeth look include:

  • Teeth whitening treatments
  • Veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Dentures
  • Enamel reshaping and contouring
  • Gum reshaping
  • Teeth straightening treatments
  • Dental crowns

A cosmetic dentist might recommend a smile makeover when a patient needs more than one of these treatments. A smile makeover involves performing multiple cosmetic treatments strategically to address most or all of the issues negatively affecting the appearance of their smile. By performing these treatments in a specific order, the patient gets optimal results while saving on their dental bills.

For example, consider a patient with a few chips that require crowns and badly discolored teeth. During a smile makeover, teeth that need to be rebuilt would be addressed first; then, the dentist would proceed to teeth whitening treatments. That way, the patient's teeth would be at the targeted color before color-matching dental crowns to go over their damaged teeth.

How a cosmetic dentist enhances smiles

Getting the smile of your dreams crafted by a cosmetic dentist typically starts with a consultation. The patient's teeth and gums are examined, and diagnostics like x-rays are used to evaluate their internal structures. Treatments are recommended based on factors like the patient's dental health, budget, and time constraints.

Some of the most frequently recommended treatments by cosmetic dentists include:

1. Teeth whitening treatments

Teeth whitening treatments are one of the fastest ways to transform the color of a person's teeth drastically. Professional whitening treatments performed under the supervision of a dentist are significantly more effective than the countless over-the-counter alternatives.

Dentists use highly concentrated whitening products that are not sold to the general public since they are only safe to use under the supervision of a dentist. These products contain high concentrations of hydrogen carbamide or hydrogen peroxide, which are powerful bleaching products. The molecules of these chemicals penetrate deep into the inner layers of teeth, bleaching stains out.

In-office teeth whitening treatments performed by dentists typically involve using customized mouth trays to dispense the bleaching product. The average session lasts 60 to 90 minutes, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states it can improve the color of teeth by up to eight shades.

2. Dental crowns

Dental crowns are the most popular restorations used in cosmetic dentistry. They also happen to be the most versatile. Issues that can be addressed with dental crowns include discoloration, deformities, chips, and breaks.

Crowns can also be used to close up gaps between teeth, and they are often combined with other restorations like implants and bridges when replacing missing teeth.

Crowns serve as tooth-shaped covers that encase the entire tooth being treated, instantly restoring its appearance. Crowns also restore the function of teeth that are covered with them while protecting them from bite forces.

3. Dental veneers

Veneers might be the most interesting restorations used in dentistry. These tooth-shaped restorations serve as shells placed on the front part of teeth. The veneer covers imperfections on the front side of teeth, creating the illusion of a flawless tooth.

Veneers were first introduced as a way to improve the smiles of actors on screen. It was an instant success and is now available to the general public. Celebrities like George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, and Tom Cruise all have veneers to thank for their amazing smiles.

Thanks to veneers, there is no longer such a thing as a smile that is too ugly to be transformed. Placing veneers on all of a person's front teeth allows dentists to craft the smile of their dreams. Dental veneers can treat issues like chips, stains, short teeth, and gaps between teeth.

Veneers can also be used to straighten a person's smile. A cosmetic dentist might recommend this when the patient has other issues besides their poor teeth alignment that can be corrected with veneers.

4. Dental implants

Dental implants have emerged as the most popular way to replace missing teeth these days. That reality is not surprising since implants allow you to forget you have an artificial tooth in your mouth. These oral prosthetics do not require any special care, unlike other tooth replacement options like dentures. They only need the same things natural teeth need: brushing twice daily and flossing daily.

Implants do not directly replace missing teeth. The implant only replaces the lost tooth's root. Replacing missing teeth roots is vital since this helps avoid the bone tissue breakdown that occurs when a tooth falls out. The implant transfers bite forces into the jawbone, giving tissues there the stimulation needed to keep them healthy. Implants can be fitted with dental crowns to replace a single tooth or used as bases for restorations like bridges and dentures.

Replacing missing teeth with implants requires minor oral surgery since the prosthetic must be surgically placed in the jaw. Incisions are typically made into gum tissues to reach the jawbone, and the area is sutured after. Patients who want to replace missing teeth with implants should be healthy enough to undergo minor surgery. People with health issues like immune system disorders will be evaluated individually to determine if implants are the right teeth replacement option for them.

We will help you craft the smile of your dreams

There is no reason to be unhappy with the appearance of your smile these days when there are so many ways to enhance it. Give us a call or visit our {{CITY}} clinic to learn more about cosmetic options to improve your smile.

Request an appointment here: or call Annapolis Dental Suite at (443) 863-1303 for an appointment in our Annapolis office.

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