Cosmetic dentists are smiling about the latest procedures to help their patients enhance their smiles. Here are some of the latest treatments to improve your smile.
Gum Lift (Gingivectomy)
A gum lift, also known as gingivectomy or gum contouring, is a dental procedure that involves removing or reshaping gum tissue to improve the appearance of the teeth. This procedure is typically performed to correct a “gummy smile,” where the gums appear to be too prominent or to create a more even gum line.
Before lasers became a common staple in the dentist’s office, gum lifts were complicated and somewhat painful procedures. Now, cosmetic dentists can shape your gums with a high-tech laser. With the aid of modern lasers, gum lifts are done with minimal invasion, low pain, and very little bleeding.
Don’t Get Veneers, Get Lumineers!
Cosmetic dentists are getting excited about Lumineers, a new dental solution that replaces veneers. Regular veneers often require reshaping the teeth and extensive temporary acrylic covers. Lumineers can be fitted within two clinic visits. Here is how the two-visit approach works:
- Your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab.
- After etching your teeth, your Lumineers are fitted one by one to ensure the perfect bite.
Lumineers are affordable, high-tech, and painless. They can be fitted in two visits.
Enamel Shaping and Bonding
If your teeth are a little bit uneven, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get your perfect smile. Our dentist uses tools to remove a small amount of enamel from each tooth so that they align nicely. The benefit of this procedure is that it can be done quickly, even during a routine dental visit. It is a great way to even out a small chip in a tooth or smooth out worn teeth.
Some cosmetic dentists prefer to use bonding to adjust the length of your teeth. If one tooth is shorter than others, the application of bonding agents will lengthen the tooth, giving you an even smile.
Braces vs. Invisalign
In terms of pros. vs. cons, Invisalign and metal braces come in at a pretty close tie. Metal braces are better for treating more complicated alignment issues. However, there is an increased chance of enamel damage if the braces are too tight. Metal braces also stand out and are not comfortable. Metal braces and Invisalign also cost about the same.
Invisalign treatments are more cosmetically appealing and work best to treat simpler jaw alignment issues. Invisalign treatments generally are:
- Removable for sports and activities.
- Less likely to have issues with food getting trapped.
- More comfortable than wire braces.
- Can be adjusted easier as teeth become straight.
Older dental fillings consist of metal material, which can crack and expand as the filling ages. Metal fillings are often selected because they are cheaper but there are other solutions. Many people replace their old silver fillings with tooth-colored composites. Some people prefer the aesthetic color of amalgam fillings, while others may prefer it because of the compounds contained in metal fillings.
Amalgam fillings have a tendency to better bond with the existing tooth structure and match the natural color of your healthy smile more easily.
In-Office Tooth Whitening Treatment
Many patients think that over-the-counter and home teeth whitening procedures will provide the same results as in-office procedures. However, there are several benefits associated with in-office teeth whitening. For example:
- In-office teeth whitening tends to produce faster results.
- Many over-the-counter gels and pastes contain hydrogen peroxide that can damage your tooth enamel. In-office teeth whitening is safer and requires fewer high-pH materials to apply to the surface of your teeth.
- Dentists tend to have access to better pastes and gels and can monitor your gum sensitivity as treatment is applied.
In-office teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental services because dentists can often get results in one quick office visit.
Faster Appointment Settings and Clinic Visits
All of the latest trends in dental cosmetics are driven by major changes in technology. In addition to gum lifts, dental lasers can also whiten teeth. In addition, digital imaging and other techniques make your dental visit quicker than before as film and images no longer need processing.
Enjoy the benefits of a smile adjustment with cosmetic dentistry at Dental Partners of Boston. Call us today for a consultation!