Cosmetic dentistry centers on enhancing the appearance of your smile. It can fully transform your smile through professional cosmetic treatments. Cosmetic dentists develop a custom-suited treatment plan to fix discolored, stained, worn, chipped, and misaligned teeth. If you are considering cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve your smile, it is essential to find a cosmetic dentist who specifically offers the option you are interested in. We, at West Lake View Dental, provide the best cosmetic dental enhancements and help you achieve that Hollywood smile.
- Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that treats stained and discolored teeth. Teeth become yellow and stained over the years, due to plaque, tartar and trapped food particles. Your lifestyle also affects the luster of your teeth. People who have a higher intake of tobacco-based products, coffee, wine, and tea are more susceptible to developing dental stains.
Teeth whitening is a professional cosmetic dentistry procedure that breaks down stains and provides a lustrous smile. A bleaching gel, rich in oxidizing agents, is applied on the topical surfaces of teeth. The gel oxidizes the stains and provides a whiter and brighter smile. Teeth whitening is a quick procedure and is completed in 60 minutes.
- Dental veneers
Dental veneers are thin shells of cosmetic resin or porcelain that laminate the topical surface of teeth to fix chips, cracks, discoloration, and gaps between teeth. A small amount of the enamel is removed from the target tooth to make room for the veneer, and a dental adhesive is used to cement the veneer in place.
Dental veneers are custom-fabricated in a dental laboratory and are prepared to match the color, shape, and size of the neighboring teeth. Also, porcelain veneers are capable of mimicking the light reflecting property of natural teeth, which makes them hard to detect in the mouth.
- Dental bonding Dental bonding involves a putty-like resin, which is applied to damaged teeth to fix decay, chips, cracks, and mishappen. The decay is drilled out and the putty-like resin, which is tooth-colored, is directly applied to the tooth surface, and a curing light is used to harden it. After the resin has hardened, your doctor will trim, shape and polish it to match the color, shape, and size of the neighboring teeth.
- Dental crowns
Dental crowns are porcelain jackets that cap the tooth structure present above the gumline. They are used to cover decayed, cracked and damaged teeth that are weak and may succumb to the forces of chewing and biting. Crowns restore the shape, size, appearance, and strength of the damaged teeth.
To place a crown, the tooth enamel is drilled, and enough room is created to accommodate the crown. Then, a dental adhesive is used to cement the crown in place. Dental crowns are extremely durable and if properly cared for, last a lifetime.
- Inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays are indirect fillings used to treat moderately decayed teeth. They are made from composite resin, gold or porcelain and give strength and support to the teeth, restore the damage and prevent future cavities and decay. Inlays are used when the cusp has faced no damage and are directly bonded to the tooth's surface, while onlays are used when the cusp or large portion of the tooth has faced the damage.
Inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental laboratory and are molded in place in a single visit.
- Dental implants
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. They involve the surgical placement of a false tooth root in the jaws, below the gumline. The false tooth root is made of titanium and readily accepted by the surrounding bone structure. A screw attaches the tooth root to a crown or bridge to restore the tooth structure above the gum line.
Dental implants provide the most natural-looking and long-lasting treatment for missing teeth. They also preserve the bone structure and support the facial contour, providing you a youthful appearance.
- Enamel shaping and recontouring
Enamel shaping or recontouring correct the crooked, chipped, overlapping, misaligned, and irregularly shaped teeth by altering their length, or shape. Your dentist will file away the extra enamel and provide you a symmetric smile.
Enamel reshaping is a quick and painless procedure and is completed in a single visit to the dentist's office.
Our team at West Lake View Dental specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of a variety of dental ailments. This includes dental exams, professional dental cleanings, root canal treatments or cosmetic enhancements like teeth whitening, Botox treatment, and teeth contouring. We also utilize the latest technology like digital X-rays to devise the best treatment plan for you. If you are looking for a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction, visit West Lake View Dental for the best dental experience.