Do you hide your teeth in photos, or do you smile wide for the world to see? If you find yourself firmly rooted in the "closed-lip smile" camp, then cosmetic dentistry could be the solution to get you smiling brightly again.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving your smile's appearance. There are several different types of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can enhance the look of your teeth and correct various dental issues.
What Are the Different Types of Cosmetic Dentistry?
Sometimes all you need is a single cosmetic dentistry procedure to give you a smile you're proud to show off. In other cases, you may benefit from more than one procedure. Here are a few of the most popular procedures used by dentists to improve the appearance of your teeth:
This is a non-invasive procedure that uses bleaching agents to remove discoloration and stains from teeth. Teeth whitening can be done in-office by a dentist or at home using customized trays provided by a dentist.
Professional tooth whitening procedures outperform over-the-counter products. When you use an OTC whitening product, you may be able to lift your tooth color one or two shades by removing surface stains. Usually, you'll need to commit to ongoing OTC treatments to maintain those results.
With professional teeth whitening procedures performed by a cosmetic dentist, you can lighten your teeth up to seven shades, with long-lasting results that only need to be touched up once every two to three years.
Dental veneers are thin shells that cover the front of teeth to improve their appearance. They are typically made of porcelain or composite resin and can be used to address a variety of dental issues such as discoloration, chipped or misshapen teeth, and gaps between teeth.
At Dr. Jon DDS, we offer porcelain veneers to provide a beautiful custom smile to our patients. Porcelain veneers last longer than composite resin and provide the most realistic, stain-resistant, life-like appearance. It’s your teeth—but better.
Clear aligners use a clear, removable aligner system to straighten teeth "invisibly" without the use of traditional metal braces. Clear aligners are sometimes called invisible braces and can be used to correct misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, and bite issues.
At our Lincoln, CA cosmetic dentistry office, Dr. Jon DDS offers SureSmile clear aligners.
During your first visit, photos and a digital scan kick-start your clear aligner journey. Then you'll receive a treatment plan and your kit a few weeks later. Expect to change out your clear aligners every two weeks or so, with regular check-ins with Dr. Jon to monitor your progress along the way to your straighter, prettier smile.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth and restore the appearance and function of the smile.
Dental implants improve more than just the look of your smile. This procedure can help preserve bone, improve oral health, and improve your ability to eat and speak.
Get the Smile of Your Dreams with Dr. Jon DDS
These are just a few of the many types of cosmetic dentistry procedures that are available. A consultation with a cosmetic dentist can help determine which procedure is right for your specific dental needs and goals.
We use the latest cosmetic dentistry innovations, products, and technologies to yield incredible results for our patients. With our Digital Smile Design Studio, you can even see what you'll look like after your cosmetic dentistry procedures before we even begin!
Schedule an appointment at our Lincoln, CA cosmetic dentist office and Dr. Jon will help you achieve a smile you're proud of.