The term ‘cosmetic dentistry’ refers to dental treatments designed to correct imperfections in the smile and enhance the appearance of teeth. While cosmetic treatments can improve aesthetics, they are often also beneficial for dental health. At Michael McMahon, DDS, our dentist offers an array of cosmetic procedures to restore your teeth to optimal health and appearance. Some standard cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, smile makeovers, dental crowns, and more. All of these treatments are designed to enhance the appearance of your smile.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
Tooth whitening is a non-invasive procedure that removes stains and makes teeth brighter. The bleaching solution is usually activated by laser light or heat and can remove most external stains caused by foods, drinks, medications, smoking, aging, and other factors. Tooth whitening can typically be completed in one visit, but your dentist may recommend additional sessions for the best results.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material bonded to the teeth' fronts to improve their shape and color. Additionally, veneers are made of stain-resistant material that mimics the natural appearance of enamel.
Dental crowns are caps that fit over the tops of the teeth to conceal chips, cracks, decay, or other damage. Crowns may be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, ceramic, or zirconia.
The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Having a smile that you are proud of can boost your self-confidence and leave you more outgoing in social situations. Feeling better about yourself will make you happier and more open with others.
Improved Oral Health
Many cosmetic treatments will help you improve your oral health and your smile's appearance. For example, whitening treatments for the teeth can enhance the health of your teeth by removing the buildup of plaque and tartar. This makes it easier to keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing regularly.
Over time, your teeth can begin to yellowish or discolor with age. Brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings may not be enough to keep the teeth as white as they once were. A cosmetic dentist can help you rejuvenate and brighten your smile's appearance through several procedures.
Strong teeth and adequately aligned jaws can help prevent damage to your teeth caused by grinding or misaligned bites. These issues can lead to headaches, jaw pain, and even tooth damage over time.
If you want to learn more about your options for improving your smile's appearance, function, and health with dental care, visit Michael McMahon, DDS, at 3405 Kenyon Street Suite 510, San Diego 92110, or call (619) 223-7189.