Cosmetic dentistry is the subsection of dental care that focuses on improving the look of your smile. At Gentle Dental Maine, the cosmetic dental procedures we offer are customized for each specific patient and are designed to make your smile look better than ever! In this article, we’ll give you some information about each of our cosmetic dental procedures to help you determine which is best for you!
Professional teeth whitening is more effective and gives longer lasting results than at-home teeth whitening products! The first step in the professional teeth whitening process is a thorough cleaning to make sure there is no plaque or tartar on your teeth. Next, the dentist will apply a mixture of dental-grade whitening products to your teeth using a mold that is custom-fit to your smile. The whitening products will then be activated using a special light, bleaching out the deep yellow stains on your teeth and giving you a pearly-white smile! The results of professional teeth whitening can last multiple years with proper oral hygiene, much longer than any DIY whitening product!
Cosmetic contouring and reshaping is a solution for people who have a minor defect or imperfection in one or more teeth. Teeth contouring & reshaping is a painless procedure that removes some of the enamel off of a tooth using a drill or laser so that the desired shape can be formed. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a tooth-colored material will be applied and polished so your new and improved teeth will look completely natural! The cosmetic contouring and reshaping procedure can also help prevent tartar and plaque build-up, tooth decay, and gum disease!
Dental veneers are thin layers of material that are placed over a natural tooth and act as a cosmetic fix for chipped, uneven, or discolored teeth. Veneers are typically made of either porcelain or composite resin, both of which mimic the natural appearance of teeth. Veneers are custom-made to fit, shape, and bond to your real teeth. Dental veneers are a great solution for teeth that are completely healthy but cosmetically damaged. If your teeth are damaged from trauma or decay, other options like crowns or implants may be a better option than veneers.
Dental bonding is a quick, cost effective cosmetic dental procedure that changes the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a perfect smile. Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored composite resin to conceal chips or cracks, close gaps between your teeth, and fix tooth discoloration. Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure, so it is painless and can typically be done in one visit to your dentist.
A complete smile makeover uses two or more of the other cosmetic dentistry techniques listed above to completely transform the look and function of your smile. If you have teeth that are crooked, misshapen, discolored, or decayed, a complete smile makeover may be the solution for you! When you come to Gentle Dental Maine for a smile makeover, our cosmetic specialists will examine your teeth and come up with a treatment plan that is customized to your needs!
Contact Gentle Dental Maine!
If you have any additional questions about the cosmetic dental procedures we offer, please contact our team at Gentle Dental Maine! Our family dentists specialize in general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry services at each of our offices in South Portland, Biddeford, and Topsham. Give us a call at any one of our offices, or if you’re not yet a patient with us, please fill out the new patient form on our website!