Answering FAQs About Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

A cosmetic dentistry treatment is anything done for the purpose of enhancing the aesthetics of a person’s smile. This is in contrast to treatments done to improve oral health, such as cavity fillings. Some common examples of cosmetic dentistry treatments include teeth whitening, veneers, and gum contouring. If you’re unsure of which cosmetic treatments are right for you, you can consult a cosmetic dentist and request a treatment plan.

Is there anything I can do about my old metal fillings?

Many patients are dissatisfied with the look of metal amalgam fillings. They stand out in stark contrast to the whiteness of the enamel. Some people may also have concerns about mercury toxicity. Fortunately, there’s a fix for that. A cosmetic dentist may recommend removing your old metal fillings and replacing them with composite resin fillings. Composite resin is a strong, durable material that effectively protects the tooth. Its shade can be adjusted to match the shade of your teeth.

Is in-office whitening superior to OTC products?

The over-the-counter whitening products you’ll find pale in comparison to professional-grade, in-office treatments. When you go to a dentist for teeth whitening, you can rest assured that the treatment will be safe and very effective. Your dentist can perform the treatment in the office or send you home with a professional-grade, customized kit to use at your leisure.

I’m frustrated with my “gummy smile.” Is there a fix?

A “gummy smile” is one in which too much of the gum shows. Some people naturally have excessive amounts of gum tissue that are out of proportion to their teeth. If you’re fed up with your gummy smile, talk to your cosmetic dentist about gum contouring. He or she may use a laser to gently reshape the gum tissue in a way that shows off more of your pearly whites when you smile.

For the answers to all of your dental questions, you can turn to the trusted staff at the office of John R. Carson, DDS. Our cosmetic dentistry practice in Tucson, AZ focuses on helping each of our patients enjoy the beautiful, healthy smiles they deserve! To discuss your smile makeover, get in touch at (520) 514-7203.

 

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