Cosmetic dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on enhancing and improving the quality and appearance of your smile. Although most cosmetic procedures are designed to target aesthetics, some procedures also aim at restoring your function.
If you suffer from a dull and damaged smile and find yourself desperately wanting gorgeous-looking teeth and gums, there are many procedures to help you get there. Below are simple cosmetic enhancements that a cosmetic dentist can perform to satisfy your dental needs.
1. Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is also colloquially referred to as "teeth bleaching." It is a procedure that helps brighten and improve the shade of badly discolored teeth. Prior to your teeth whitening procedures at Arden, we recommend a routine professional cleaning for stain removal followed by a fluoride and calcium phosphate treatment at home. These additional steps help to achieve the best whitening results with minimal side effects such as cold sensitivities. We offer both in-office and take-home whitening options.
2. Dental Veneers
Veneers are thin, wafer-like shells made out of porcelain or composite resin material. To perfect your smile, dental veneers can be shaped to ideal form or to match the exact dimensions of your contralateral teeth. Veneers can help treat dental conditions such as crooked, discolored, or chipped teeth. Ever wonder why most celebrities have a perfect smile? Veneers!
3. Dental Implants
Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. Implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth and offer the same amount of stability and durability as natural teeth do. A certain healing period is often advised for the implant to fuse inside the jawbone (osseointegration) properly. They can serve as restorative and cosmetic remedies for missing or badly broken teeth. Implants are restored with crowns, a bridge, or a full-arch prosthesis. Here at Arden, we offer same-day implant crowns, all on 4 dental implant prosthesis, all on 6 dental implant prosthesis, and implant-supported overdentures.
Crowns are custom-made porcelain or zirconia caps that are bonded to your teeth in order to suit your aesthetic and restorative needs. They are used to treat teeth that are poorly shaped, decayed, broken, chipped, or have large fillings. Crowns help to enhance the shape, size, color, width, or length of the tooth. Porcelain is considered to be one of the best options as it can resist the stain better, and its light-reflecting nature which mimics that of natural teeth. Zirconia crowns are durable as they can withstand forces and stress like no other. Because of their more opaque appearance, they are often placed in the molar areas. High translucent zirconia and layered zirconia are other great options for achieving both durability and aesthetic goals. Here at Arden, we specialize in smile makeover by first providing patients a prototype designed by smile experts. Dr. Lu painstakingly handcrafts new smiles with resin prototypes for phase one smile makeovers before the production of the final restorations. That way you can wear your new smile for a while, try it out, and fall in love with it first.
Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that helps repair or improve smiles with resin (tooth-colored fillings). Cosmetic bonding can resolve teeth that are mildly stained, broken, or chipped.
Teeth alignment often can dictate the esthetic outcome. Orthodontics are about the safest and most minimally invasive approach to achieve esthetic enhancement. Taking timely orthodontic treatment by using braces, clear aligners, and retainers can ensure healthy and beautiful smiles with limited to no restorative measures.
Consult Dr. Wen Lu, our best cosmetic dentist in Bloomingdale, for your cosmetic dental concerns. Call us at (630) 529-0303 or schedule an appointment online today.