Many general dentists offer a range of cosmetic treatments to meet the needs of their patients. This one-stop solution can be appealing to some. It does bear mentioning that there are some key differences between the training, knowledge, and experiences of a general dentist and a cosmetic dentist.
It is important to note that a cosmetic dentist will undergo the very same extensive training that your family dentist does. Our cosmetic dentist, however, will have also gone through ongoing training to learn all there is to know about the cosmetic dentistry specialty. We encourage you to come visit us at Hometown Dental for cosmetic dentistry services.
Cosmetic Treatments Offered
While many over-the-counter teeth whitening products can prove to be effective, they will not give you the same results that you will see from a professional whitening. The same bleaching agent is often used in over-the-counter products but in significantly lower concentration levels. Much of the time, these products will address just the surface stains with results being seen over the course of weeks or months. In office whitening is able to address both intrinsic and extrinsic stains.
Dental veneers can benefit anyone unwilling to settle for a subpar smile. If you are considering other cosmetic treatments, such as whitening or porcelain crowns, but want a solution that does not require you to continually return for touch-ups or only affects a single tooth, then you may be an ideal candidate for veneers. Dental veneers are thin shells that cover the front surface of your tooth, allowing your teeth to appear brighter and to create consistency in the size and shape of your teeth.
You may choose dental bonding as a cosmetic dental procedure to treat your cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth. If you choose dental bonding you choose a quick and non-invasive procedure, multiple appointments are not required and neither is a local anesthetic. For the first step of the bonding process, our dentist will choose a shade of composite resin that matches your teeth. Our dentist will roughen the surface of your tooth and apply a conditioning liquid that will help the bonding adhere to your tooth.
Orthodontic treatments can be involved and lengthy. Clear aligner tray systems, such as the Invisalign system, can address minor issues that are keeping you from your best and brightest smile. Treatment can take much less time than what is seen with traditional orthodontia, and is much more convenient as the aligners are clear and can be removed while eating and brushing.
Choosing A Cosmetic Dentist
When you select your cosmetic dentist, you should do so with the confidence that comes from knowing that this dental professional will meet your cosmetic needs and goals. Your cosmetic dentist should have the training and the hands-on experience essential for ensuring that you are able to get the perfect results that you deserve.
You should feel comfortable discussing your cosmetic dentist’s experience, and training. You should also feel comfortable asking those questions that will help you to make the right decision. Read reviews, get referrals, and ask to see a before and after portfolio. You should always feel completely at ease with your cosmetic dentist.
We are here to answer any of your questions. Call Hometown Dental at 971-287-3477 to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist.