Over the years, you’ve gotten used to visiting the dentist in Longview for regular checkups and cleanings. You have all the right oral habits and your dentist confirms you’re doing well. However, there are some things that regular brushing may not fix. If you’ve got chips, cracks, discoloration that just won’t go away, or other issues in your smile, keep reading.
You’ll soon find out that your cosmetic dentistry in Longview provides treatments for all these issues! Take a look at the many options available to restore your smile.
What is a Cosmetic Dentistry?
A cosmetic dentistry is just like any other dental practice except their doctors can perform treatments specifically catered to improving the overall appearance of your smile. Typically, these dentists will have undergone additional training from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry to perform these treatments. The AACD offers a plethora of information on the latest techniques, procedures, and products through its many publications, conferences, and workshops.
Ask your dentist if they are an active member of the AACD and see what treatments they offer.
Porcelain and Durathin Veneers
Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells that are designed to be bonded to preexisting teeth. Patients with chips, cracks, misaligned, or discolored teeth can benefit from veneers.
First, the dentist removes a small amount of enamel to make room for the restoration. Then, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth so they can send it to a dental lab where your veneers are made. Finally, your dentist will glue the veneer to your tooth.
Durathin veneers are just like porcelain ones except they are a couple millimeters thinner and are ideal for patients who are fine with the current shape and color of their existing tooth.
If you have teeth that need repair but don’t want those repairs to be obvious in your smile, you’ll want to look at all-ceramic restorations. These are meant to match the rest of your teeth while still providing all the strength and durability you would get with silver or gold restorations. Fortunately, there are many brands of non-metal restorations available, so discuss these with your dentist during your visit.
In-Practice Teeth Whitening
One of the most popular treatments available is in-practice teeth-whitening because of the effectiveness and convenience it provides. In as little as two hours, your Longview dentist can make your smile up to 8 shades whiter thanks to powerful whitening gel and highly specialized light technology.
When it comes to teeth-whitening, over-the-counter solutions cannot compare. Many of these products don’t contain the same concentration or ingredients that professional grade whitening trays from your dentist provide. Your dentist’s kits are also custom-made to fit your teeth so when you start your whitening treatment at home, you’ll know they’ll be as comfortable as they are effective.
Gum Re-contouring and Crown Lengthening
If you’re looking to change the appearance of your gums rather than your teeth, gum re-contouring and crown lengthening are ideal solutions. Too much gum can make your teeth look smaller than usual, so your dentist will use a soft tissue laser to quickly and painlessly remove any excess gum tissue to make your teeth more visible.
Don’t hesitate to transform your smile. Schedule a visit to your cosmetic dentistry in Longview today!
About the Author
Dr. David Vaca, DDS, is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and was named a Certified “Top Doctor” by Patient Reviews in Cosmetic Dentistry. To learn more about his many treatment options and practice, contact him at (903) 663-0861 or visit his website.