Cosmetic Dentist Fairfax VA
The popularity of cosmetic dentistry has dramatically increased in the past few decades. This is because many people have become more sensitive about their looks, particularly their smiles.
A perfect smile is very important for your day-to-day interactions. For example, a great smile can help you feel confident at work and during presentations.
If you feel like your smile isn’t as perfect as it should be, then request a consultation with a cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentistry uses modern techniques and tools to improve your smile.
Here are the top 8 procedures a cosmetic dentist can use to improve your smile.
If you are missing some teeth, you can never have a perfect smile. Bridges can restore your confidence by using artificial teeth to replace your missing teeth. Bridges are usually made of porcelain, alloys, or gold.
In short, bridges are anchored onto the existing teeth after being prepared for crowns. So, you have to maintain good oral hygiene for your existing teeth to remain healthy to support the bridges. Fixed bridges can only be removed by a cosmetic dentist.
Implants are made of titanium metal and are used to replace missing teeth. The procedure is quite expensive and involving but once completed, your attractive smile will be restored.
Just like bridges, implants also anchor on the adjacent existing teeth and are implanted surgically into your jawbone. These implants can work even if you’ve lost several teeth. In case you are missing a jawbone as a result of periodontal disease, your dentist will have to graft a bone where the implants can be secured to.
Dental crowns restore the natural appearance, shape, size, strength, durability, and functionality of a tooth. Crowns are necessary to:
- Protect weak teeth
- Cover discolored or misshapen teeth
- Cover teeth after root canal process
- Restore worn out or broken teeth
- Cover dental implants
- Hold dental bridges in position
Crowns are usually made from ceramic materials, porcelain, or metal. Your cosmetic dentist will only recommend crowns when other procedures can’t produce the desired results. This is because crowns are a bit costly compared to other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Crowns can last for several years, provided they are cared for well.
Bonding is necessary if there are excess spaces between your teeth or if your teeth are cracked, stained, broken, or chipped. Your dentist will use bonding material to fill the cavities in your teeth and for protecting the roots of your teeth in case they are exposed.
This is a one-off procedure in which the cosmetic dentist will apply an etching chemical to your teeth followed by the application of composite resins on the surface of your teeth. Even though the bonding material lasts long, it will eventually get stained or chipped and may need to be replaced.
Veneers are usually made of plastic or porcelain. They are custom-made shells that a dentist can use to change the shape and/or color of your teeth by covering their front sides. Veneers provide better smiles and are more durable than bonding. Veneers are used when:
- There are spaces between your teeth
- Your teeth have become worn out or chipped
- Your teeth are crooked or poorly shaped
The cosmetic dentist will clean your teeth before the veneer is cemented in place. Since porcelain veneers are laboratory-made, the impression of your teeth will have to be taken during your first visit then the veneers will be inserted in your second visit.
Over time, your teeth can get discolored or stained, especially if you like consuming beverages like tea or coffee. Smoking and the use of some drugs can also discolor your teeth. With discolored or stained teeth, your smile won’t be stellar.
Your cosmetic dentist can bleach your teeth to return them to their original white color. The procedure can be carried out in the office or you can be provided with all the materials you need so you can do it at home.
Contouring and Shaping the Enamel
Contouring and shaping of the enamel can be combined with bonding. This procedure involves the contouring or removal of dental enamel. It makes the teeth more attractive for a perfect smile. In addition, if you have some bite problems, or if your teeth are irregular or chipped. It also works well with overlapping or crooked teeth.
Braces work wonder when it comes to improving your smile. If your teeth are crowded or crooked, your dentist can use braces to straighten them up. Braces can also be used to correctly position your jaws and to eliminate disorders in your jaw joints.
The pressure from the braces is what re-positions your teeth, so you’ll need to wear them for some months for better results. You will need to visit your dentist regularly to tighten them because they usually become a little lose as your teeth straighten up.
Breeze Dental offers many dental services, including cosmetic dentistry. If you are interested in perfecting your smile, contact us today. Call Breeze Dental at (703) 273-5545 or book an appointment online.