What Cosmetic Dentistry Can Do for Your Smile

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Cosmetic dentistry is concerned with the overall appearance of your mouth. It is different from regular dentistry as the focus is more on esthetics. If you are worried about your smile, or you would simply like to enhance your smile, cosmetic dentistry is your answer. There are many different procedures to enhance your smile, which is what we will discuss in this post, so keep reading.

Teeth Whitening

Many people attempt teeth whitening on their own, but the results are always better when you see a professional. There is always a risk with teeth whitening that the gums are sensitive to the chemicals. A professional will be able to recognize the signs and know what to do in these situations. Attempting to whiten your teeth with a home kit might not be a pleasant experience for you if something goes wrong.

Teeth whitening will make your smile brighter and look healthier. No more self-conscious thoughts about the color of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can get rid of the worry.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin strips of material that adhere to your front row of teeth to enhance their appearance. Dental veneers also protect the surface of the tooth from damage, keeping your smile intact for longer.

There are two main types of material used for dental veneers: composite and porcelain. Porcelain is much stronger than composite veneers and will on average last longer. Dr. Rinaldi has placed over 30 thousand veneers and will talk with you about the pros and cons, the procedure, and answer any questions you may have before you make a decision. You should be aware that veneers are not a permanent dental solution. However, the procedure is irreversible so you must be sure this is what you want.

Inlays And Onlays

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An inlay is used to repair between the cusps of a back tooth. Inlays are used in cases where the cavity is too big for a filling. It is easy to develop a cavity in the back teeth, but if left untreated, it could cause a lot of damage to the rest of your mouth.  An inlay is fabricated into the exact shape of the cavity space and inserted into the gap.

An overlay is very similar to an inlay, but it is larger and covers the top chewing surface of the tooth. An overlay can repair one or more cusps that have more extensive damage from decay.  Both inlays and onlays are made of either porcelain, gold, or composite resin. Many onlays and overlays are made from tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin.

Dental Crowns

For those with broken or damaged teeth, a dental crown may be the best solution. Broken teeth or damaged teeth are often the cause of low self-confidence in your smile, but this doesn’t have to be the case. A dental crown is essentially a cap that goes over the broken or damaged tooth and fixed into place. These are typically metal or porcelain depending on what the patient requests.

Crowns last between five and fifteen years depending on the level of wear and tear, as well as oral hygiene.

Dental Implants

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Dental implants might sound a bit scary, but they are truly an amazing advancement in cosmetic dentistry. Dental implants are screwed into your jaw to act as the root of a tooth and provide a solid foundation for the crown. Dental implants are the ideal cosmetic solution to a missing tooth or teeth. They look, feel and function exactly like a real tooth. The best part is that no one will be able to tell that they are not real.

It is only possible to provide dental implants where there are enough healthy gums and bone to support the implant. However, the results are impressive and provide you with the perfect smile.

Gum Whitening

Some people are not happy with the color of their gums. Darker or blotchy gums don’t always look as healthy as lighter-colored gums. For this reason, people have their gums lightened in color with a procedure called gum bleaching or gum whitening. Not having confidence in your smile because of the color of your gums is unfortunate. Therefore, we provide the chance to lighten your gums safely and without damaging your gums or teeth.

The color of your gums is to do with the amount of Melanin in your body. If your gums have always been dark then there is no need for concern. However, they might make you feel uncomfortable, which is when you should look into our gum whitening service.

Cosmetic Dentistry Builds Your Confidence

The most important thing that cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile is to build your confidence. We are confident we can improve your smile and provide you exceptional cosmetic dentistry services in Washington DC, Chevy Chase, and the surrounding areas. We are certain the results will be impressive to you and those you know.

Cosmetic dentistry is about helping people to feel good about the way they look, and that all starts with your smile. We all have something that we are insecure about, and if yours is your smile, allow us to help.

We hope you now have a better understanding of what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile. Get in touch with us today if you would like to discuss more about your cosmetic dentistry journey.