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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Published on November 7, 2015

Many people feel dissatisfied with certain aspects of their smile, such as having a large gap between teeth, stained teeth, or misshapen teeth. If you can relate, you may feel hesitant to smile due to a fear of how others will perceive you. This response is often automatic and not something that people consciously choose to do. Fortunately, you do have the option of enhancing the appearance of your smile with an elective cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Understanding Cosmetic Dentistry

“What is cosmetic dentistry?” is a common question that we hear at Alpha Dental. Patients may have heard of certain procedures while not feeling certain of what the term means collectively. Cosmetic dentistry refers to any elective dental service for the primary reason of improving aesthetics. However, people also opt for a cosmetic dentistry procedure after losing or breaking a tooth in an accident. In this case, the procedure is reconstructive as well as cosmetic.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Available at Alpha Dental

Dr. Ahmed is pleased to offer several popular cosmetic dentistry procedures here at Alpha Dental. Teeth whitening is among the most requested service because it is a simple and non-invasive way to improve the brightness of your teeth and your overall appearance. When you have teeth whitening performed at our clinic, the first step is for us to prepare customized mouth trays. These trays hold a bleaching gel that can brighten the shade of your teeth by several times in under an hour.

Some of the other cosmetic dentistry options you might want to consider include:

  • Composite Fillings: These clear tooth colored fillings protect your teeth from further decay while allowing you to remain discreet about your dental treatment.
  • ClearCorrect Braces: Your dentist provides you with several clear plastic aligners that you switch at regular intervals throughout the course of your orthodontic treatment. Like composite fillings, this alternative to metal braces is clear and unnoticeable to others.
  • Dental Crowns: These make an excellent option to provide support for weak teeth as well as to disguise cosmetic problems. Crowns constructed from porcelain tend to be the most durable and comfortable.
  • Fixed Dental Bridges: A fixed dental bridge is a permanent attachment to conceal one or more missing teeth on the same arch. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth support the non-removable appliance.
  • Porcelain Veneers: This procedure covers minor tooth imperfections with an extremely thin piece of ceramic affixed to the front of your tooth.

Please contact Alpha Dental with additional questions or to request a personal consultation with one of our dentists.

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