What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth, and smile. Most cosmetic dentistry procedures are elective. While they are not always essential, many provide restorative benefits, along with aesthetic enhancements.
What Procedures are Considered Cosmetic Dentistry?
The treatments that are considered cosmetic dentistry include:
- Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is one of the simplest cosmetic procedures. Dr. Elizabeth Peeling at University Oaks Dental uses in-office products to bleach your teeth.
- Dental Veneers: Dental veneers are a cosmetic procedure that use wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material that cover the front surface of your teeth to change the color, shape, size, or length. Dr. Peeling removes a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface before the shells get cemented to the front of your teeth.
- Lumineers: Lumineers are ultra-thin veneers designed to last over 20 years. Getting veneers requires two pain-free visits lasting about an hour each. The first visit enables Dr. Peeling to create a mold. Once a lab completes your custom-made Lumineers, they get placed in your mouth during your second visit.
- Dental Bonding: When you see Dr. Peeling at University Oaks Dental for dental bonding, a tooth-colored putty gets applied to your tooth and hardened with light. The resin then gets trimmed, shaped, and polished to repair chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth.
- Dental Crown: Dental crowns fit over and replace decayed or damaged teeth above your gum line. This cosmetic procedure restores tooth shape, size, strength, and appearance and keeps weak teeth from cracking.
- Inlays and Onlays: Inlays and onlays fill decayed or damaged teeth. This cosmetic procedure gets created in a dental laboratory and bonded into place by your dentist. Inlays go in the center of a tooth and onlays fill one or more points of the tooth or cover the biting surface. Both help preserve as much healthy tooth as possible and are an alternative to crowns.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants replace tooth roots. This cosmetic procedure involves placing a screw into the bone socket of the missing tooth. Once your jawbone heals and grows around the post, it provides a foundation for a replacement tooth.
How is Cosmetic Dentistry Different From Other Dental Specialties?
Cosmetic dentistry differs from other dentistry procedures by combining the dimension of art with the oral health benefits of dentistry, allowing Dr. Peeling at University Oaks Dental to give you the smile you always dreamed of having.
To begin one of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures provided by University Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas, call or make an appointment online today.