Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry combines the science of restorative dentistry with visual aesthetics. In order to improve the appearance of one’s smile, adjustments can be made to the shape, color, size, spacing, and alignment of the teeth. Depending on the treatment goals, cosmetic dental procedures can be completed to restore a single tooth or to perform an entire smile makeover. Common cosmetic dental procedures include: 

Did You Know?

Not all cosmetic dental treatments are the same. In fact, there is such a wide variety of treatments to choose from, making it much easier to find the perfect cosmetic dental treatment for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

You may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry if you are looking to improve the look of your smile by correcting teeth that are stained, crooked, broken, decayed, oddly shaped, unevenly sized, improperly spaced, or missing. However, each cosmetic dental treatment has its own set of candidacy requirements, so you will need to consult with your Kamloops cosmetic dentist to determine if cosmetic dentistry is right for you. 

How do I know which cosmetic dental treatment to pick?

Since there are so many cosmetic procedures to pick from, it can seem overwhelming at first. In order to decide on a treatment, you will first need to evaluate what it is about your smile that you want to fix. It can be helpful to make a list of concerns and to decide what the most important aspect is for you. For example, cosmetic dental treatments offer options regarding their treatment method, recovery process, number of dental appointments, cost, and final appearance. When deciding which treatment to use, these are all important factors to consider. 

What can I expect when undergoing cosmetic dental treatment?

The first step to receiving cosmetic dental treatment is to visit your Kamloops cosmetic dental office for a consultation. During this consultation, your cosmetic dentist will perform an oral exam and discuss your treatment goals. If you do not have current dental x-rays, you can also expect to have dental x-rays taken so your dentist can examine the underlying bone structure. After evaluating your dental x-rays and examining your mouth, your dentist will discuss your treatment goals and make suggestions for treatments that would work well to achieve these goals. They will also answer any questions that you may have. 

In some cases you can expect to begin treatment that day, while other cases may require you to schedule another appointment for a later date. At this point, your treatment experience will vary depending on the type of cosmetic treatment you chose. Overall, cosmetic dentistry offers treatments that are non-invasive and quick to those that are more involved. For more information about your specific treatment, see our services page. 

How long will my results from cosmetic dentistry last?

Since all cosmetic dental treatments work differently and yield different results, the lifespan of these results also varies. Certain treatments have shorter lifespans of about a year, while others have longer lifespans lasting about 20 years. The proposed lifespan of your treatment will be discussed during your consultation. 

Even though all cosmetic treatments last for different amounts of time, the one thing that they all have in common is that they last longer if cared for properly. By simply brushing twice a day and flossing daily, you can help extend the life of your cosmetic restoration. Additionally, regular dental checkups and cleanings are needed to keep your mouth clean and to ensure your restoration is in good condition. Furthermore, you will want to prevent damage by avoiding behaviors such as teeth grinding or clenching, nail biting, chewing on ice or hard candies, and using your mouth to open packages. Most restorations will need to be replaced once they have been damaged, therefore reducing the risk of damage can help extend the life of your restoration. 

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