Cosmetic Dentistry in Olathe, KS: A Reason To Smile
Cosmetic dentistry at Olathe Dental Care Center in Olathe, KS can have dramatic results on your overall appearance. Even the smallest step can boost your confidence, self-esteem, and make you want to smile more. With modern advances in dentistry, cosmetic procedures can range from a basic color correction to replacing missing teeth, and everything in between.
Tooth bleaching is one of the most popular options for people who want a fairly quick and simple way to change their smile. It’s great for people who don’t need anything more than a little bit of brightening, or for people who don’t want to make a huge commitment. It is also one of the more affordable options.
Tooth whitening can be done in the office or at home, but it’s wise to get the bleach from your dentist. Over-the-counter bleaching products don’t always provide the brightening most people desire. Many over-the-counter whitening products are less effective because their chemical composition is either very weak and does not bleach the teeth for a sufficient length of time, or too strong and dangerous to apply or ingest. Cosmetic dentistry uses safe, effective bleaching agents administered by professionals, and is nearly always worth the extra expense.
Enamel bonding is a type of cosmetic dentistry that is great for people who have deeply stained or chipped teeth. The composite bonding material is typically the same material that is used for white dental fillings. This material is moldable, which means your dentist can shape it to fit the ideal, beautiful shape you want.
The drawback of enamel bonding, and the reason a lot of people choose veneers instead, is that the composite bonding material is not as strong as the porcelain used in veneers. Dental veneers therefore tend to be longer lasting.
Dental veneers have been the gold standard in cosmetic dentistry procedures for decades. Veneers are thin porcelain shells which fit over the facial surface of the teeth. The enamel of your tooth is gently filed down, and then an impression is taken. The impression is sent to a dental lab to create custom veneers. You will have temporary veneers until the permanent ones get back from the lab.
Veneers are ideal for people who have dark staining which doesn’t go away with bleaching, as well as chipped or fractured front teeth.
Enamel abrasion is another cosmetic dentistry procedure used to remove discoloration. The procedure uses a fine pumice in a micro-abrasion machine to remove surface stains. This removes superficial stains from tobacco products, wine, soda, and coffee. Enamel abrasion doesn’t work for intrinsic stains, or stains inside the tooth, however.
Dr. Higgins and his caring staff at Olathe Dental Care Center in Olathe, KS can advise you on which stain removal procedure is best.
We are here to answer all your dental questions whether they pertain to general dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, emergency dental care, dental insurance, payment plans, scheduling or any other subject. Call us today at 913-782-1420 or click here to request an appointment.