One of the greatest pleasures I have, both professionally and personally, is seeing the look on a patient’s face when they look at their spectacular, cosmetic dentistry-enabled smile for the first time. It’s difficult to put the picture and feeling into words. There’s a mixture of awe, amazement and even disbelief. And yes, not to get sentimental, but sometimes it’s not only my patients who have tears of joy in their eyes!
Naturally, each patient is unique. Indeed, one of the things we NEVER do here at Lomita Torrance Dental is take a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Each patient is special, and our approach is customized and personalized.
Yet with this being said, there are some popular cosmetic dentistry solutions that tend to generate the most spectacular before-and-after results, and have our patients staring in the mirror saying
“Wow, Is That Really MY Smile?”
Here are Top Five Ways Cosmetic Dentistry can Improve Your Smile’s Appearance.
Brighten Up the Teeth
It’s common for teeth to become stained and dull-looking with age, regular smoking and the consumption of certain beverages (e.g., red wine, coffee, tea). Teeth whitening is one of the most frequently requested cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at Lomita Torrance Dental, because it instantaneously makes a dramatic difference. The Torrance Cosmetic Dentists use the Zoom! in-office system and the Day White take-home whitening kit to lighten patients’ teeth for a whiter and brighter smile.
Improve the Uniformity of the Teeth
Teeth that are uneven in size or shape may benefit from the placement of porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding treatment. Porcelain veneers are small shells that slip over the surface of the teeth to enhance their appearance. They can hide irregularities in shape and size and unify the teeth’s appearance. Cosmetic bonding involves the application of a resin material to the tooth, which is then sculpted to the desired shape and size.
Mask Small Dental Imperfections
The placement of porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding are also good options for concealing superficial dental flaws, such as small chips, cracks or discoloration, which don’t require more comprehensive restorative dentistry treatment.
Straighten the Teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth are unattractive and detrimental to oral health. They are difficult to keep clean, thereby increasing the risk of infection and decay. Crooked teeth can also cause malocclusion (an uneven bite). A clear braces system like Invisalign gradually moves the teeth into the proper position using a series of customized plastic aligners. Invisalign is not only inconspicuous, but also gentle and effective. Lomita Torrance Dental patients usually wear Invisalign aligners for six months to a year.
Close Small Spaces
You may have small spaces in between your teeth that you would like to close. This can be accomplished with Invisalign treatment or the application of dental bonding material, depending on several factors, such as the size of the spaces.