What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

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Cosmetic dentistry can include nearly any service that improves your smile. As the name implies, cosmetic dentistry is considered cosmetic in nature rather than being a necessary dentistry procedure. Although some types of cosmetic dentistry can also be helpful in terms of improving the functionality of your teeth, most kinds of cosmetic dentistry are focused purely on improving the look of your smile. With the help of cosmetic dentistry procedures, it’s completely possible to do a smile makeover that gives you exactly the look that you’ve always wanted. At Hancock Village Dental, we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to help you achieve your best and most beautiful smile. Here is some information about your cosmetic dentistry options at Hancock Village Dental.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is popular among patients who aren’t happy with their current teeth color. Whether it’s a natural darkening that happened over the years, teeth staining due to coffee, or teeth discoloration for some other reason, teeth whitening can be the perfect solution. Hancock Village Dental offers an exceptionally powerful teeth whitening system, KOR Whitening.

This teeth whitening system starts with two weeks of at home treatments using a special deep bleaching solution. KOR Whitening gel is truly advanced whitening technology, and to function at its peak it must be kept refrigerated. After the home treatment phase, you’ll return to Hancock Village Dental for a 90 minutes in-office treatment. There are no lights and no lasers needed, and you’ll leave with dramatically whiter teeth. KOR is so powerful that it can be effective even for patients who have teeth stains due to tetracycline — a problem that most teeth whitening systems can’t deal with effectively.

Teeth Straightening

Hancock Village Dental offers two different options for teeth straightening, metal braces and clear braces. Many cosmetic dentistry patients opt for the clear braces option since it allows you to get straighter teeth without being obvious about it. The clear braces option used at Hancock Village Dental is Clear Correct. In this teeth straightening system, a series of transparent plastic aligners are used to shift the teeth into a new position. Clear Correct aligners can be removed for meals and for brushing, but they should be worn at all other times. The average time to straighten the teeth with Clear Correct varies widely according to the degree of misalignment. It can be as little as 6 months or as much as 2 years. Hancock Village Dental will customize your Clear Correct treatment to make sure you get the results you want.

If you’re willing to have metal braces — and if your goal is the fastest teeth straightening possible — Fastbraces might be right for you. These braces are made with a uniquely shaped bracket and wire, which means that the treatment time can be dramatically reduced. Fastbraces can re-align both the tooth roots and the crowns at the same time, which means that treatment can be as short as just over 20 weeks.

Veneers

Veneers are very thin porcelain sheets that are specially made for each tooth that they cover. Veneers are often used to conceal damage like chips, cracks, severe discoloration, or other problems. They can also change the appearance of the teeth in terms of shape, for example veneers can close a gap between the front teeth. Although veneers are usually considered cosmetic, they do have value in terms of strengthening and protecting your teeth as well.

Veneers are made of the same material as crowns, but the main difference is that veneers are best suited for the front “smile” teeth since they only cover the front of the tooth. Veneers are permanently cemented to the teeth, and they usually last for a decade or more as long as you take good care of your teeth. They can give you a beautiful smile, especially if you’re not happy with the natural appearance of your teeth.

Want a More Beautiful Smile?

Your smile is often the first thing that others notice about you, so it makes sense that you want your smile to be its very best. Contact Hancock Village Dental today to arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Shovon Kasem.