Which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for me?
By Prairie Dental Care
December 18, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

More popular than ever, cosmetic dentistry can truly revitalize your smile. From teeth whitening to veneers, the possibilities are endless. Your dentist at Prairie Dental Care can help you decide which procedure is right for you.

Bridges fill the gap left by a missing tooth between two natural teeth. Dental crowns on either side of the bridge fit onto the natural teeth. Bridges must be made in a dental laboratory by a lab technician.

Composite bonding/reshaping
Bonding and reshaping can repair small imperfections in your smile such as chips, cracks, gaps or overlapping teeth.

Dental crowns are fitted over a natural tooth. Crowns restore stability and strength to a broken tooth. Crowns are also used for aesthetic reasons to cover misshaped teeth. Crowns are created in a dental laboratory.

Dental implants
Dental implants take the place of a tooth’s root. A crown attached to the implant replaces a missing tooth. Dental implants are the most permanent answer to one or more missing teeth.

Gum surgery
Gum surgery evens out gum tissue by removing or reshaping it. This makes “gummy” smiles more aesthetically pleasing.

Using the same technology as veneers, lumineers are made from a special porcelain that is able to be super-thin.

Porcelain/composite veneers
Veneers are wafer-thin shells fitted to the front of the teeth to cover imperfections. They can be made from porcelain or composite resin. The porcelain variety is created in a dental laboratory, while the composite resin kind is molded right onto the tooth.

Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening procedures whiten teeth by breaking the bonds which hold a stain’s molecules. Your dentist uses whitening agents applied to the teeth coupled with a special whitening light. Unlike at-home kits, in-office sessions are monitored by professionals. The chemicals used are much stronger than at-home kits, providing a greater result in less time.

You should consult with your dentist to determine which cosmetic dentistry procedures are best for your personal situation. For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Terry C. Linneman at Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS. Call (913) 649-7500 to schedule your appointment today!