Cosmetic dentistry is the name that has been given to a specialized area of the dental profession. The objective is to improve and enhance the appearance of patient’s teeth, which by default, improves their looks and self confidence.
A cosmetic dentist in Arlington Heights can make subtle changes or he or she can undertake a complete smile makeover. The dentist has a number of cosmetic procedures to choose from, the dentist can whiten teeth that are stained; he or she can repair surface imperfections, close gaps between teeth and even replace a missing tooth with a permanent implant.
Patients usually associate cosmetic dentistry with:
* The addition of material to teeth such as porcelain veneers, crowns or bonding
* The removal of excess gum tissue
* Whitening teeth
* Removal of old amalgam fillings and replacing them with material that matches the color of the teeth
Of all these procedures, perhaps the most popular is teeth whitening. Although there are “over the counter” products available they are not equal to the results that you can get from a cosmetic dentist in Arlington Heights. People that want the best results and they want their smile improved as quickly as possible will always opt for professional treatment.
Teeth whitening only improves the whiteness of stained teeth, for those that have teeth that are chipped or cracked the dentist will suggest porcelain veneers. The veneers are very thin wafers of porcelain that have been made especially to fit on the visible surfaces of a specific patient’s teeth. Veneers are very long lasting, much longer than bonding which is another cosmetic solution. Bonding is the application of a tooth colored material to the front of unattractive teeth; this material is then shaped and buffed. The initial results are very close to veneers but will have to be repeated every few years as it tends to wear away.
If you are unhappy with your teeth then you should consider visiting a cosmetic dentist in Arlington Heights. You are invited to discuss your ideas with James Kakos, DDS.