5 Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

June 2, 2021

Your smile is an important quality to keep in excellent shape. A radiant smile can make you feel confident about yourself, your decisions, and your aesthetic looks. It can win over a room, and it can dazzle in social situations.

Even better, it can ensure that your oral health is in top shape, keeping you healthy.  Whether you are suffering from stained, crooked, chipped, or missing teeth, there is a cosmetic dentistry treatment for you.

Here are 5 of the most popular options:

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1. Teeth Whitening

This is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that effectively whitens and brightens your teeth. A professional tooth whitening session at your dentist’s office is going to provide a stronger result as they use commercial-grade bleaching agents to lighten or remove discoloration on your teeth’s enamel.

In addition to achieving a whiter smile, professional teeth whitening can aid in making your teeth appear healthier, by removing deep stains that have seeped down into the dentin (material under your enamel).  Depending on the severity of discoloration (coffee drinker, anyone?), professional teeth whitening can dramatically brighten your teeth by several shades.

2. Enamel Bonding

While your tooth enamel is an extremely hard outer layer that covers and protects your teeth, it can become damaged from eating or drinking certain foods that are acidic. 

Items like coffee, fruit juice, wine, or medical conditions like acid reflux disease, clenching your teeth, or certain medications can cause it to wear away. 

When it does, your teeth are no longer protected, and you may be recommended for enamel bonding. A dental composite or resin will be used to restore the damaged areas, and seal out any harmful bacteria that would cause the further breakdown of your teeth.

3. Dental Implants

If you are missing teeth or have a severely damaged tooth that needs to be pulled, a dental implant can be used to replace the tooth.

While this is considered a cosmetic procedure, it comes with many oral health benefits. A dental implant will provide the same bite power as your natural teeth, it will prevent bone loss in the jaw, they can be used instead of bridges or dentures, and they stabilize the structure of your jaw.

They are a permanent solution for tooth loss and feel/look like natural teeth.

4. Invisalign Braces

The Invisalign system is a popular alternative for individuals who don’t want the wires and brackets of traditional braces. The Invisalign system straightens teeth out with clear aligners, making the process more comfortable and invisible to the eye of others.

Depending on the complexity of your case, you may be able to complete your Invisalign treatment in as little as 6-months, and see results within weeks of beginning treatment. 

These are a great option for teens, adults, and parents who want more flexibility and convenience when it comes to lifestyle choices like playing sports or eating certain foods. They come custom-made, are durable, and completely discreet.

5. Enamel Abrasion

This is a cosmetic treatment that removes enamel from your teeth to improve or lessen discoloration or straining that is present on only the outer layer of the tooth. This treatment is good for individuals who have teeth that have not responded well to professional teeth whitening.  With this procedure, less than a few tenths of a millimeter of enamel are removed by rubbing acidic agents gently across the enamel.

If there are any rough spots leftover, they will be smooth out, and then your teeth will be cleaned with sensitivity toothpaste. 

This treatment option can be used as an alternative for dental veneers but should be used infrequently since it can take a long time for the outer enamel to rebuild. 

At Tampa Palms Dentistry we know that having healthy and beautiful teeth is important. If you would like to schedule a cosmetic dentistry appointment contact us or give us a call at (813) 333-1922.

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