Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of teeth, gums, and bites. Dentists use a variety of techniques to bring back a smile’s natural beauty. Some common cosmetic treatments include:
Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that fit over the front of your teeth. They can improve the appearance of your smile and prevent further damage to your teeth and enamel. Veneers can be used to correct a variety of cosmetic dental issues, including teeth discoloration, gaps between teeth, and minor alignment issues.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures because it can make a smile look years younger. Our dentist in Birmingham recommends professional teeth whitening procedures because over-the-counter whitening kits (with strips, trays, or paint-on gels) are less effective and can be harmful. Professional whitening procedures typically contain prescription-strength components to lighten teeth up to 10 shades in a short amount of time.
Porcelain dental crowns can be used to repair teeth that are cracked, broken, or worn down. The crowns are custom created to replicate your smile and fit comfortably in your mouth. Unlike dental veneers, dental crowns cover the entire tooth, including above and below the gum line, and are made using metal or porcelain materials.
A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. It is held in place by crowns on the teeth that are adjacent to the gap. Bridges can be made of gold, porcelain, or a combination of materials. A bridge helps to restore the appearance and function of a missing tooth.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth. If you’re tired of loose-fitting dentures, dental implants may be right for you.
Dental implants are made up of titanium metal, which naturally integrates into the jawbone. Patients report that dental implant surgery is more comfortable than having their teeth removed.
Gum recontouring, also known as gum contouring, is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes the appearance of the gums. The gums may be reshaped to make teeth appear longer or shorter, change the gum line, or create a more symmetrical smile.
Gum recontouring may be done in conjunction with a gum lift, which reshapes the gum line. Contouring may also be performed on its own as a way to enhance the appearance of the smile.
Visit Healthy Smiles of Birmingham at 100 Heatherbrooke Park Dr Suite A, Birmingham, AL 35242 for a wonderful experience with cosmetic dentistry. Contact us at (205) 991-9535 or schedule an appointment online.
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