Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

If you’re looking for ways to enhance your smile, there are many cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help. At your consultation, we will go over all of your treatment options. We can help you choose the best options based on your needs and preferences. 

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is the practice of improving the appearance rather than the function of the mouth. Here are a few of the common benefits of cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry offers solutions for:

  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
  • Gaps, misalignments, or other problems with your teeth.
  • Discolored or missing teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Misshapen jaws.
  • Misshapen or misaligned bites.
  • Uneven gum lines.
  • Uneven tooth enamel.

Common cosmetic dentistry procedures

Cosmetic dentistry includes any dental work that improves the appearance of your teeth or gums. Some common treatments include:

  • Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening treatments have quickly become the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. This is because of how easy and relatively inexpensive the treatment is. With a professional teeth whitening procedure, patients can typically get a brighter smile in just about an hour. 

  • Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are a common cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves placing a thin layer of porcelain over the front of your teeth to cover minor cosmetic imperfections. They’re custom-made, and because they’re bonded directly to your teeth, they can make your smile look perfect.

  • Dental bonding

Dental bonding is one of the most basic cosmetic dentistry procedures. During this procedure, a dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin material to the teeth. The resin is shaped to fit the patient’s teeth perfectly. Then, the resin is hardened using a special light so that it bonds with the patient’s teeth.

  • Dental crowns

Dental crowns are permanent tooth restoration that covers the entire tooth. Crowns are made of porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain fused to metal. A dental crown is used when a tooth is severely damaged and cannot be repaired with dental fillings. Crowns are used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance.

  • Gum lift

Gum lift refers to the process of adjusting the gum line. This treatment improves the appearance of the smile by altering the gum line, which can be done either conservatively or surgically.

A gum lift is most commonly used to treat smiles that are “gummy.” This condition occurs when the gum tissue extends too far down the tooth, causing the entire tooth to appear short.

  • Dental implants

Dental implants are one of the more popular dental treatments, especially if you’re looking for a more permanent solution to missing teeth.

There are several benefits to dental implants:

  • They look and feel like natural teeth, so you don’t have to worry about their aesthetic appearance.
  • They’re permanent, so you don’t have to replace a missing tooth over and over.
  • They help improve your speech.
  • They allow you to eat all of your favorite foods, including those that require a lot of chewing.
  • They restore your ability to properly chew your food.
  • Orthodontics 

Braces are the most common form of orthodontic treatment and are used to correct teeth that are crowded, crooked, or have spacing issues. Braces consist of metal brackets and wires, which apply gentle pressure to the teeth and move them into the correct position.

ClearCorrect invisible braces are a popular alternative to metal braces. They are removable, invisible, and more comfortable than metal braces. With ClearCorrect, you can straighten your teeth without having to wear metal braces and retainers. ClearCorrect invisible braces are custom-made from clear plastic aligners that fit snugly over your teeth. The aligners are changed out every two weeks as your teeth move into alignment. 

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry and its benefits, contact Fear Free Dental in Portland, Oregon. Call Dentist in Portland, OR at (503) 291-0000 or visit 4455 Sw Scholls Ferry Rd Suite 101 Portland, Oregon, 97225 to schedule an appointment.