Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dentistry focused on improving the aesthetic appearance of your teeth, mouth, and smile. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can address teeth that are discolored, chipped, misaligned, poorly shaped, or too small. While some of these procedures are cosmetic, others also improve the health of your teeth and gums. For example, dental crowns not only improve the appearance of your teeth but also strengthen and protect damaged teeth.
Why should I consider cosmetic dentistry?
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, then cosmetic dentistry can help. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can:
- Minimize the appearance of stains, discolorations, and discolorations
- Repair chips and cracks of the teeth
- Straighten the smile
- Minimize the appearance of small gaps between the teeth
- Repair dental damage
- Repair a damaged tooth
- Restore the appearance of worn teeth
- Minimize the appearance of abnormally shaped teeth
- Improve the appearance of prominent gums
- Repair a gummy smile
Common Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments in San Francisco, CA
The cosmetic dentistry options we offer include the following:
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures that we offer. Professional teeth whitening eliminates dental stains and brightens the teeth up to eight shades in an hour. After your teeth whitening treatment, you’ll be left with a bright, white smile.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that can improve the appearance of your smile. Dental bonding is a quick and painless way to repair minor dental imperfections like small chips or cracks in a tooth. It can also be used to conceal visible, dark stains on the teeth.
Dental veneers are very thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers are crafted from porcelain or resin and enhance the shape, size, or color of the teeth.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit securely over a tooth. They are commonly used to restore a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. Crowns are often used after root canal therapy, to protect a tooth after a large filling, or to cover a dental implant. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, resin, or ceramic. The material used to make a crown depends on the tooth’s location, size, and aesthetic goals.
Dental implants are an implant-supported restoration that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth that can last many years with proper maintenance and care.
Dental implants consist of a titanium screw that serves as the base of an artificial tooth. The screw is surgically placed into the jawbone and fuses with the bone over time. Once the implant has fused with the bone, the abutment and crown will be placed.
Orthodontic treatment is used to correct crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth. It can also be used to correct bite problems, such as underbites or overbites. Metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment, but clear, removable aligners are becoming increasingly popular among patients. After your treatment is complete, your dentist will refer you to an orthodontist for retainers. Retainers are worn after your orthodontic treatment to keep your teeth from shifting out of place.
Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that can improve the appearance of gums. It may be used to resolve an unsightly gum line or to even out the teeth to give the patient a more uniform smile.
Book an appointment with Dr. An in San Francisco, CA, for further assistance with your cosmetic dental needs today!