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What Cosmetic Dentistry Encompasses

There are many different areas of dentistry and types of dental specialists. While this ensures there is someone available no matter your dentistry needs, it can also make things confusing when the time comes to make an appointment. If you’re unsure of the various kinds of dentistry, you may have a hard time finding someone to perform the procedures you need.

One of the most common kinds of dentistry is cosmetic dentistry. Let’s take a look at what it is, what procedures it includes, and who needs cosmetic dentistry.

So, what is Cosmetic Dentistry?

On a very basic level, cosmetic dentistry involves the appearance of the teeth. This can include everything from procedures changing the color of the teeth to those repairing or restoring the shape of the teeth. However, it is important to note that most cosmetic dentistry is done for the appearance of the teeth.

What are Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?

Cosmetic dentistry involves many different procedures. Here are a few of the most common:

  1. Bleaching. Bleaching is a process that uses peroxide to remove stains and discoloration from the teeth. While bleaching can be done at home, it is always important to discuss the process with your dentist.

  2. Veneers. Veneers are a thin piece of porcelain or plastic that is placed over the tooth for an immediate change in shape or color. Veneers can help improve discolored, damaged, or crooked teeth with little to no anesthesia or pain.

  3. Bonding. Bonding is a quick solution to fill in gaps between the teeth or change the color of a tooth. However, bonding does have some downsides. Bonding can become easily chipped or stained, unlike other procedures.

  4. Crowns. Crowns are similar to veneers in that they completely cover the tooth to restore the shape, color or appearance.

Who Needs Cosmetic Dentistry?

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of. To begin discussing potential procedures and treatments, schedule an appointment with Dr. Anderson and his team. You can contact the Kansas City, MO office at 816.454.3336.

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