Choosing Cosmetic Dentistry
Now that you've taken care of the fundamentals, like the health of your teeth, it's time to treat yourself to a cosmetic dentistry treatment. The smile of your dreams is within reach with popular cosmetic dental treatments like professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and dental implants.
Professional Teeth Whitening
It's hard to beat a professional teeth whitening treatment, but that doesn't stop people from trying. Over-the-counter products like toothpastes, gels, trays, and whitening strips have a poor track record in visibly whitening the teeth. And they often leave teeth and gums extremely sensitive afterwards.
A professional teeth whitening treatment:
Is performed under professional supervision, leading to less sensitivity to the teeth and gums.
Can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades.
A variety of treatments are available, depending upon your preferences.
In most cases, a professional teeth whitening treatment involves the use of a whitening agent, typically a gel, that is placed into contact with the teeth for a specified amount of time. A special light may be used to magnify the effects of the whitening gel.
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment that has helped many people achieve the Hollywood smile that everyone desires. They have the ability to both whiten your teeth and correct minor imperfections like chips.
The veneers themselves are thin sheets of a porcelain material that are bonded to the surface of the teeth. Porcelain makes an excellent veneer material because it is highly stain resistant and durable.
During your first appointment, a mold will be made of your teeth to allow for the creation of your porcelain veneers. Later, a dental lab will send the finished product to your dentist who will apply your new veneers at a follow-up visit.
Do you have one or more missing teeth, but are worried about replacement options like dentures that can slip in your mouth in embarrassing situations? Do you want a type of replacement that is more sturdy and durable? If so, you should strongly consider getting dental implants, which serve as a close second to natural teeth in terms of function and appearance.
Each dental implant is made up of three parts. The first part – the actual implant – is a metal post inserted within the jawbone to firmly anchor the entire structure. The second part, known as an abutment, is fitted over the implant once your jawbone has fused around it in the weeks after your first appointment. The crowning jewel is a dental crown that is placed over the abutment so that you can bite and chew with normal force, just as you do with natural teeth.
Schedule Your Consultation
Are you ready to dramatically boost your appearance and self-esteem with one of our cosmetic dentistry procedures? Or would you like to request additional information about professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers or dental implants? Contact Liberia Dental Care at 703-260-1200. New patients are welcome!