There are many different types of dentistry, with general and cosmetic dentistry being the two most common. General dentistry focuses on oral health and hygiene, while cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of the teeth, mouth, and smile. Cosmetic procedures are usually elective, and while some do offer restorative benefits, oral health doesn’t depend on them. These are some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures requested by patients.
Dental veneers are used to restore smiles by fixing a number of problems, including crooked, gapped, discolored, or chipped teeth. Custom made for each patient using medical-grade ceramic, veneers cover the front surface of teeth. The result is a bright, beautifully aligned, and natural looking smile.
Implants serve as permanent replacements for lost teeth. A small titanium screw is inserted into the jaw to support the new artificial tooth, which appears almost identical to the surrounding teeth. Implants make a good alternative to dentures in patients with good oral health and strong jawbones.
Dentures are also used to replace missing teeth, but they’re not permanently attached to the mouth and can be removed at any time. Dentures can be used to replace an entire set of teeth or just a few teeth. They’re a great option for patients without strong jawbones.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. In time, teeth become stained from coffee, wine, smoking, medication, etc. Whitening procedures can significantly improve the appearance of teeth, sometimes restoring them to their natural color. While at-home treatments are available, in-office procedures typically deliver better, faster results.
Braces have been used for years to properly align teeth. In addition to improving the appearance of the smile, properly aligned teeth can prevent oral health issues like TMJ and gum disease. Invisalign is a popular alternative to braces, as it gradually straightens teeth using an aligner that’s invisible to the eye.
If you’re interested in improving the appearance of your smile, you might benefit from one of the procedures mentioned here. Guri S. Dhaliwal DMD is certified in cosmetic dentistry, and he has been providing both cosmetic and general dentistry services for over two decades. Call our office at (925) 244-9770 to schedule a consultation.