Your smile is one of the first things a potential employer or romantic partner sees about you. However, if your smile is crooked, yellow, or features gaps between your teeth, it can leave you feeling anxious or embarrassed. Cosmetic dentistry provides a safe and effective way to restore your smile and confidence. At Presidio Dental in Tucson, Arizona, Jesse C. Engle, DMD, and the team offer an array of cosmetic dentistry services. To request your appointment, call the office or click the online scheduling tool today.
Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of oral health care designed to improve the physical appearance of your teeth, mouth, and smile. Cosmetic dentistry is incredibly versatile and capable of addressing a wide variety of oral imperfections including chipped, cracked, stained, or discolored teeth.
Everyone’s smile is different, so the team at Presidio Dental develops a cosmetic dentistry treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Treatment might include a simple in-office procedure like teeth whitening or a series of appointments to transform your smile entirely.
The team at Presidio Dental offers a full suite of cosmetic dentistry services, including:
In-office teeth whitening is a safe and effective procedure that can make your smile up to eight shades whiter. During an in-office whitening session, your Presidio Dental provider carefully applies a bleaching solution to the surface of your teeth. After letting it sit for approximately 30 minutes, your dentist points a special light at your teeth that causes a chemical whitening reaction. Your dentist repeats this process three or four times, which takes about 90 minutes. Just keep in mind that your individual results may vary.
Take-home whitening trays use a carbamide peroxide bleaching solution to whiten your teeth over a series of weeks. Take-home whitening trays take a little longer to achieve results but allow you to whiten your teeth on your own time and schedule.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin bonded to the surface of your permanent teeth. In addition to addressing cracks, discoloration, and gaps, veneers mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of your natural enamel.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin carefully bonded to the front of your permanent teeth, improving their luster, color, and general aesthetic appearance.
Veneers look similar to your natural teeth, but because they’re made of porcelain, they are more resistant to stains. In addition, they reflect light similarly to the way your enamel does, making them an excellent option if you don’t respond to traditional teeth whitening treatments.
Dental veneers are versatile and can correct a variety of oral imperfections, including:
The team at Presidio Dental also uses dental veneers to improve the appearance of cracked, chipped, or misshapen teeth.
Getting dental veneers typically requires two separate appointments. At your first appointment, your Presidio Dental Provider performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and discusses your aesthetic goals for treatment. Next, your provider takes a cone beam CT X-ray of your teeth. If your teeth and gums are healthy, your dentist moves forward with treatment.
To prepare your teeth, your dentist administers a local anesthetic, numbing your gums and teeth. Then, your dentist carefully removes a thin layer of enamel, equal to the thickness of the veneers. Finally, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a dental laboratory.
It usually takes between two to four weeks to manufacture your veneers. Once they’re ready, you return to the office and your dentist aligns them over your teeth to ensure the color and shape are correct. If everything looks good, your dentist places bonding cement on your permanent teeth and applies your veneers. Then, your dentist points a special light beam at your teeth, which hardens the cement.
Dental veneers are tough and durable, but they won’t last forever. To keep yours pristine, it’s important to brush and floss regularly just like you would your natural teeth. You should also visit Presidio Dental once every six months for a professional cleaning and oral exam.
In addition, you may want to avoid drinking dark beverages like coffee or red wine and stay away from bad habits like smoking or using chewing tobacco, as they can stain your veneers. With proper maintenance, veneers last an average of between 7-15 years.
Would you like to see if you could benefit from veneers? If so, make an appointment at Presidio Dental today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
Your Presidio Dental provider might recommend bonding if you crack, chip, or otherwise damage a tooth. Bonding uses composite, tooth-colored resin to restore a weak or damaged tooth to its near-original condition.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium or another durable metal. If you’re missing one, a few, or all of your teeth, your dentist might recommend using All-on-4® or All-on-6® dental implants to restore your chewing ability and smile.
The only way to determine the type of cosmetic dentistry that’s right for you is to schedule an appointment with the team at Presidio Dental. Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your goals for treatment, the team can make recommendations that align with your needs.
If you dream of having a healthy, white, and attractive smile, cosmetic dentistry can help. Call the office or click the online scheduling tool to make your appointment today.