The New Era of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Dentistry has been around in some form for centuries. From the practice of hammering pieces of cut shells into the gum in order to replace missing teeth through to today’s modern techniques, dentistry – whether it is general dentistry, orthodontics, or the techniques used by a cosmetic dentist to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile, dentistry continues to avail itself of the latest technologies.

The tools and techniques afforded to a cosmetic dentist are numerous, and those techniques can be used to treat a range of smile imperfections, from chipped teeth to staining and discoloration. Cosmetic tooth bonding, for example, uses resins to address the problem of chipped teeth by filling and smoothing areas of a patient’s tooth that has been damaged.

Tooth whitening treatments can be used by the cosmetic dentist to address issues of tooth discoloration and staining. Some staining can be caused by the consumption of strong, dark foods and drinks which leave behind stains and make teeth look dirty and tired. With teeth whitening, which can be done at home or in the dental office, those stains can be removed through the use of bleaching agents, which erode and remove the cause of the stains. Applicator trays and a custom-formulated cleansing solution are created by the dentist for use, and the patient wears the applicator tray for a specified period of time.

For those wanting faster results, Zoom! teeth whitening treatments, which involve the use of light activated gels and special lasers to agitate and activate the gel’s cleaning power, are also available and can deliver dazzling smiles in a single day.

Dental veneers can be used to conceal staining that can’t be treated successfully with teeth whitening, such as those which are caused by medicines that stain the interior of the tooth where conventional treatments can’t readily reach. Veneers are also used to conceal chips and cracks in teeth that aren’t easily repairable, or to improve the look of the patient’s smile. After removing a small amount of tooth enamel, veneers are placed on top of the patient’s teeth to provide a natural appearance and improve the look of the patient’s teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry has a range of techniques available to improve most imperfections in the appearance of a patient’s smile; as technology continues to improve and progress, so too will the treatments and techniques that are available.

To learn more about your treatment options, contact the office of Dr. Gregory Allen Kerbel at (972) 278-9901 and schedule your professional consultation today.