Cosmetic dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on improving the appearance of teeth. These procedures range from simple teeth whitening procedures to more complex treatments that reshape teeth. Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures include the following:
- Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is an in-office treatment that can whiten your teeth by several shades in just over an hour. The treatment involves applying a strong hydrogen peroxide solution, which penetrates the enamel and breaks up the stains. Your dentist may also apply a special light to help enhance the treatment.
Some patients suffer from tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening, which is why it’s best to have the procedure done by a dentist instead of at home.
- Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They are used to correct stained, chipped, or misaligned teeth. The veneers are cemented to your teeth and look and feel like your natural teeth. Veneers can be used to correct one tooth or all of your teeth.
- Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can help you restore both the function and appearance of a tooth. The crown, which resembles a tooth cap, completely covers the tooth to restore its function and appearance. Dental crowns can also be used to enhance the appearance of your teeth. They can be used to correct the appearance of worn, damaged, or misshapen teeth. Porcelain crowns are a common option. They are highly durable and stain resistant. Plus, they naturally mimic the color and shape of teeth.
- Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a custom device that fills a gap left by a missing tooth. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared for crowns, and the bridge is anchored to them. The artificial teeth that replace the missing tooth are mounted to the bridge.
- Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are designed to look and function like natural teeth. The implant itself is a tiny titanium post that is surgically implanted into the patient’s jawbone. The implant is then given time to fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
- Gum Reshaping & Gum Grafting
Almost everyone has some minor form of gum recession, which can be caused by aggressive tooth brushing, gum disease, hormonal changes, or heredity. The good news is, that there are treatments that can treat your gum recession and give you a healthy smile you deserve. Gum recession can cause your teeth to look longer and even appear “gummy.” Gum reshaping and gum grafting are options for treating gum recession.
- Orthodontics (braces)
Orthodontics can straighten your teeth and improve your smile! Braces work by applying gentle pressure to the teeth, slowly moving them into place. There are several types of braces available – traditional metal braces, Damon braces, Invisalign aligners, etc.; your dentist will help you choose the best one for you as per your needs and requirements.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Madison Park Dental, call (208) 356-5601 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 345 N. 2ND E., Suite 2, Rexburg, ID 83440.