Patients see a Green Bay dentist, or any other dentist, for a myriad of reasons. From a sore tooth to teeth whitening to dental implants, dentists address a wide range of patient needs. Recently, though, a growing number of consumers visit a dental professional in search of the perfect smile. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, people spend nearly $2.75 billion on some type of cosmetic procedure annually.
Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. Some patients enjoy the convenience of home whitening kits purchased from their dentists. These kits are more effective than over-the-counter varieties, and have the added benefit of coming with professional dental advice. Results are noticeable within a few days and are very long term. Teeth whitening options exist to suit a variety of budgets.
Bonding is used to restore broken or chipped teeth. Bonding can also change the tooth’s shape, fill in gaps between teeth or be used instead of silver amalgam fillings. One of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures, bonding uses a clay moldable plastic-like material which is applied to the teeth and hardened with a specially-designed light.
A dental bridge, or fixed partial denture, fills out your smile by replacing missing teeth with artificial ones attached to crowns placed on adjacent teeth. When natural teeth are only present on one side of the missing tooth, a special cantilevered bridge can be used, although today most people opt for dental implants instead. Dental bridges and implants restore the natural look that’s frequently lacking in patients with missing teeth.
Veneers are considered one of the mildest options in cosmetic dentistry, yet they correct a host of cosmetic and functional dental problems. A veneer is a thin piece of custom-made porcelain or resin composite that’s bonded to the front of the tooth. Veneers can change the length, size, color or shape of the tooth.
Although these are some of the most popular procedures available in cosmetic dentistry, they may not be right for you. Many factors come into play, from the structural integrity of your teeth and gums to financial concerns. It’s also important to know what kind of results you can expect from the various cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Contact a Green Bay dentist today to arrange a consultation. He or she will determine which treatment is best for your dental issue, and ensure that the expected outcome meets your expectations.
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