7 Cosmetic Dental Procedures You May Be Considering: Explained

What’s more telling than a resume? What’s more memorable than a business card? What can ensure a great first impression every single time?

Your smile! 

Individuals who aren’t confident in the look of their teeth smile less than those who are. There are many reasons why you might not be happy with the look of your teeth. If you could fix those flaws with cosmetic dental procedures, would you?

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t always complex surgery. Many modern procedures are simple and painless.

If knowledge is the only thing holding you back from fixing your smile, this article is for you. Read on to learn about seven types of cosmetic dental procedures that you can try today. You’ll be grinning in no time!

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Good oral health starts with regular dentist visits. During those visits, you can expect a general dental examination and cleaning. If there are problems with the health of your teeth, your dentist will discover and fix those problems.

In contrast, cosmetic dentistry is completely elective. Cosmetic dentistry specifically addresses problems with the aesthetics of your teeth. In some cases, however, these cosmetic procedures actually make your mouth healthier! 

Cosmetic dentistry might address issues with the color, spacing, or alignment of your teeth. It can fill in gaps or hide the appearance of chips. The goal of cosmetic procedures is to help you feel better about the look and feel of your teeth. 

Cosmetic dental procedure costs will vary depending on the nature of your procedure. Because they are elective, your insurance may or may not cover part of the cost. If you have concerns about payment, it’s always wise to ask about financing options that can help make the procedure more affordable. 

What is the Best Cosmetic Dental Procedure for You?

There are many different procedures out there, but not every procedure is ideal for every problem. The best cosmetic dentistry procedure for you will be the most attractive, least invasive option that can fix your problem.

Here are seven of the most common options, all of which can be performed by Dr. David Eshom and his associates his San Diego office. 

1. Porcelain Veneers

During this procedure, your dentist will create a realistic-looking, paper-thin porcelain veneer to put over your existing teeth. The veneer will be permanently bonded to your tooth with a special kind of dental resin. This procedure is strictly cosmetic and intended to cover up discoloration, chips, or other minor aesthetic imperfections. 

2. Bioclear

Bioclear is a less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers that is also intended to address non-medical aesthetic concerns. It is an ideal solution for those with “black triangles,” or wedge-shaped gaps in between teeth. Unlike veneers, bioclear is reversible. 

For those with black triangles, bioclear can prevent future oral health issues. Black triangles can quickly become traps for food or bacteria, leading to gum infections and periodontal disease. A simple cosmetic procedure now can prevent you from needing painful gum surgery later!

3. Laser Gum Contouring

Many of us grow up wishing we were taller, but have you ever wished that your teeth were a little bit taller? Laser gum contouring can improve the appearance of your gum line, making your smile look more symmetrical and mature.

This painless procedure only requires the surgeon to remove a small amount of gum tissue to achieve a more refined smile. 

4. Teeth Whitening

As we age, natural tooth erosion can steal the shine from your smile. Smoking or diet (meaning your coffee or tea addiction) can also affect over time. Teeth whitening allows you to brighten your smile and reverse the effects of aging, genetics, smoking, or diet.

You have many options when it comes to whitening. You can whiten teeth in-office, at home, or via a deep laser bleaching procedure. Consult with your dentist to determine which option is ideal for returning your smile to its former gleaming glory. 

5. Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most invasive of the common cosmetic procedures. Implants completely replace missing, diseased, or damaged teeth.

Receiving implants is a surgical procedure that requires sedation and multiple visits. It can lead to a significant improvement in oral and bone health.

Your dentist will create a new titanium root for your tooth, which will bond to your jaw like a natural tooth. They will then attach a natural-looking crown to replace the tooth that is missing. Implants are permanent and natural-looking and can help preserve the look of your jaw as you age. 

6. All Porcelain Crowns

While veneers and bioclear fix superficial issues with your teeth, crowns can cover the entire tooth. If your entire tooth has suffered decay or damage, a realistic porcelain crown can cover the entire tooth to preserve the integrity of your smile. 

If you need a filling but your tooth has sustained too much damage, a porcelain crown is an ideal solution. They are also ideal if you have had a root canal. Each crown is custom designed for the patient and looks like your natural tooth. 

7. Dental Bonding

If you only have one or two problem teeth and want a quick, attractive fix, dental bonding can be a great solution. It is inexpensive and non-permanent, allowing you to address a cosmetic concern. Bonding can provide an opportunity to determine whether or not you might want to try veneers or bioclear in the future. 

Bonding can quickly and easily cover discoloration, chips, gaps, or eroded enamel. The dentist can apply bonding in a single office visit, with no pain whatsoever. It will allow you to preserve your existing tooth structure and still achieve a beautiful smile!

Try These Cosmetic Dental Procedures at Dr. David Eshom’s San Diego Office

If your smile isn’t perfect, that doesn’t mean it can’t be! These cosmetic dental procedures can solve common aesthetic problems. Before long, you will find yourself smiling more and feeling more confident! 

If you’re ready to get started, Dr. David Eshom and his associates are ready to help you transform your smile! He offers all of the above cosmetic procedures at his office in San Diego. Reach out today for a free consultation to get started!

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