We work with you to find out what your goals are with your smile and help figure out the best cosmetic solution for you. Sometimes, that means working on just a couple of teeth and other times, it may mean a full mouth rehabilitation. We will be with you every step of the way to help you gain the smile of your dreams! Both Dr. Gandhi and Dr. Swift are well-trained in helping provide our patients with the best treatment options for them!
What is cosmetic dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry comprises procedures that improve the appearance of your teeth, mouth, and face. Typically, cosmetic dentistry involves the addition of dental material to teeth or gums like bonding, veneers, crowns, and gum grafts as well as whitening teeth, and straightening teeth.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
Braces are used to correct crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, and other spacing abnormalities. Braces can be used on children as young as six. But, the standard treatment is best between the ages of 8 and 14. This is when the head and mouth are most able to adapt to straightening. Adults also benefit from wearing braces. To “retain” the correct position of your teeth after braces have straightened them, you should wear a retainer as recommended by your orthodontist.
Crowns are caps that are placed on top of damaged teeth. They are used to protect, cover and restore the shape of your teeth when fillings don’t solve the problem. Dental crowns can be made out of metals, porcelain, resin, and ceramics. The procedure to fit and apply a crown is not painful. With anesthetic and sedation, you only experience mild discomfort. On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years.
Invisalign is a clear alignment treatment that straightens teeth, corrects bite, and closes gaps. Invisalign is not permanently affixed to the teeth. It is removable and corrects through a series of retainers that work progressively as your teeth move closer to the desired position. Invisalign is more expensive than braces. The Invisalign treatment hurts but generally is less painful than traditional metal braces.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the tooth to cover chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, or misshapen teeth. A veneer gives your tooth a more classically shaped appearance. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers. They also look more like natural teeth.
Composite veneers are made of tooth-colored resin. There are two types of composite veneers, direct and indirect. The resin material is the same with both types but the application process is different. Direct composite veneers are applied directly to your teeth. Indirect composite veneers are custom made outside of your mouth in the dentist’s office or in a dental laboratory, then applied with a layer of adhesive. Indirect composite veneers are more expensive than direct ones, but they can withstand more abrasions and resist fractures better.
What do clients need to prepare for their appointment?
To prepare for your cosmetic dentistry appointment:
— Make sure you are performing at-home oral care prior to getting the procedure going.
— Prepare a list of questions ahead of time.
— Find pictures of your ideal “dream” smile to show your dentist.
— At the consultation appointment, discuss the financial aspect of the procedure including deposits, payment plan options, additional expenses, etc.
— Learn about Mint Leaf Dentistry, your Morrisville NC family dentistry so you know about our staff and experience.
Schedule a comprehensive consultation with us to find out what cosmetic dentistry options you may have!