Cosmetic dentistry is a method of professional oral care that focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth and smile. And although cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually elective, rather than essential, some cases of treatment also provide restorative benefits.
The most common procedures used in cosmetic dentistry are fairly simple, whereas others are more complex and require specialized care.
Dental Implants vs. Bridges
A dental bridge, is a fixed partial denture, which ‘bridges’ the gap between missing teeth. This procedure requires the cutting of adjacent teeth which are intact, which puts strain on the teeth.
Sometime referred to as second permanent teeth, dental implants are extremely effective in replacing roots. Artificial roots, or fixtures, are connected to the dental crown and tooth head.
Traditional veneers require the removal of a portion of the tooth to make room for the veneer. Lumineer veneers, on the other hand, are incredibly thin, and they can be placed over the tooth without removing any portion of it. Since your original tooth is still intact, the procedure is reversible, there is no pain and no shots are required.
Lumineer veneers are ideal for patients with cracks or chips, spaces, or slightly misaligned, shaped, or discolored teeth.