Your Ticket to a Dazzling Smile
Cosmetic dentistry aims to create a positive change to your teeth and your smile, offering a “dental facelift” to correct discoloring, misshapenness, and chipping. Everyone wants a bright, beautiful smile, and various cosmetic procedures can work together to help you feel more confident about your teeth.
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Discoloration is most often the result of food, beverage (coffee, tea, soda), or tobacco stains. Two kinds of whitening treatment are available to restore brightness to the teeth: one done in the office, the other done with a kit at home. In-office whitening is preferred—it can be done in a single office visit, and has faster, better results (up to 10 shades in an hour) with no risk of damage. The best whitening systems use a gel buffered at a near-neutral pH value to protect enamel from damage caused by acidity.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain placed over the front of teeth to change their color or the shape of the teeth. They can give you a dazzling smile and are a great option for teeth that have uneven surfaces or are chipped, crooked, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced, or internally discolored.
Also called gingivectomy, this procedure involves removal of the gum to make the teeth appear longer and the gum-line even. Gum lifts are often done for people with excess gum covering their teeth and/or an upper lip that comes up higher when they smile. A gingivectomy can also be necessary when the gums have pulled away from the teeth, creating pockets that can lead to plaque build-up and gum disease.