Cosmetic dentistry is the field of dentistry focused on improving the overall appearance of the smile. Many procedures fall under cosmetic dentistry, such as veneers, teeth whitening, and Invisalign clear aligners.
At Ragan Family Dentistry, the primary goal of the cosmetic dentistry services we provide is to give patients beautiful smiles they are proud to show off. Some cosmetic procedures also help improve dental health by fixing gaps, chips, or misalignment, which can lead to more severe issues such as periodontal disease. Other times, cosmetic procedures are only done for aesthetic purposes. Cosmetic dentistry can significantly benefit a person’s appearance and overall confidence.
The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Improved Appearance and Confidence
If you have teeth that are damaged, discolored, or misshapen, you might feel self-conscious about sharing your smile with others. With cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, bleaching, and bonding, you can improve the look of your smile without resorting to more invasive treatments such as braces. Instead, you can see dramatic results quickly with minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry procedures that preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible.
Improved Oral Health
Many cosmetic dental procedures serve to improve your oral health as well. For example, if you have a minor chip in your tooth, this can cause you to feel pain when chewing food. By fixing your damaged tooth with bonding or a porcelain veneer, we can resolve both cosmetic and health concerns at the same time.
Preservation of Natural Teeth
Improving the appearance of your smile doesn’t have to be complex or require complicated procedures such as braces. In many cases, you can achieve the improvements you desire without altering the position or structure of your teeth. This means you can keep your natural teeth in place and healthy for as long as possible.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Teeth whitening or bleaching is a popular cosmetic procedure that helps lighten the color of teeth and remove stains or discoloration. It can be done in-office by our dentist or at home by yourself, using custom-made trays and whitening agents.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They can be used to correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, misaligned, or have gaps between them.
Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin material to the tooth and shaping it to improve its appearance. This cosmetic procedure is often used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, close small gaps, or change the shape of a tooth.
Crowns, also known as caps, are tooth-shaped restorations that cover the entire visible portion of a damaged or decayed tooth. They restore the tooth's function and strength and improve its appearance.
While cosmetic dentistry primarily focuses on aesthetic improvements, it can also have functional benefits. Visit Ragan Family Dentistry at 201 S 3rd St., McAlester, OK 74501, or call (918) 426-9900 for the best dental care.