Burr Ridge, IL dentist describes the cosmetic dental care procedures available for smile enhancement
An individual’s smile is linked to self-confidence. It has an impact on relationships and can improve the chances of a good first impression. Cosmetic dental care is an option to enhance the smile and boost self-esteem. In Burr Ridge, IL, Dr. Janet Stopka understands the importance of a healthy, beautiful smile. Dr. Stopka offers a range of services for smile enhancement.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dental care is designed to create a positive change to your teeth and your smile. These procedures may involve altering or improving the physical appearance of the teeth and/or gums. Depending on the patient’s unique needs, material may be added or removed from the teeth or gums or the color, size, or shape of the teeth may be changed. Although the main focus of cosmetic dental care is to enhance the smile’s appearance, the health and functionality may be improved also. Cosmetic dentistry should complement the overall general and overall health of the patient.
Smile enhancement procedures can have a dramatic influence on an individual’s overall appearance. Even something that seems small or minor can boost self-esteem or confidence levels making someone want to smile more to show off the newly enhanced smile. With advancements in dental technology, cosmetic dentistry may include color correction, tooth replacement, and anything in between.
Cosmetic dental care procedures available
Patients choose to improve the look of their smiles for various reasons. Chipped, uneven, missing, yellowed, or stained teeth are commonly seen in dental offices as they are sources of self-consciousness for many people. Cosmetic dentistry has steadily increased in recent years. Patients want brighter, more even smiles. Professional cosmetic procedures provide patients with ways to achieve their smile enhancement goals. Many of the procedures are an easy way to receive instant gratification and to dramatically improve the smile.
Dr. Stopka understands the value of a stunning smile. Our cosmetic dentistry services include the following:
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental crowns and bridges
What we eat and drink affects our teeth. Coffee, wine, tea, and other substances can cause our teeth to turn yellow or become discolored. Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic procedures. Professional whitening is a safe way to dramatically and effectively brighten your smile. By whitening with a dentist, the teeth are cleaned and assessed for problems first. This not only keeps your mouth healthy, but it also ensures there are not any issues that may interfere with the whitening process. Compared to over-the-counter products, professional teeth whitening also uses a higher quality whitening agent which allows patients to achieve brighter smiles in a shorter period of time.
Tooth-colored fillings replace and are used in place of silver amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are a safe, durable way to restore decayed teeth. The composite bonds to and blends in with the surrounding tooth for a natural, aesthetically-pleasing result. As a mercury-free, mercury-safe office, amalgam fillings are not placed and old fillings can be removed when requested. Removed fillings are replaced with tooth-colored fillings for a safe, more natural appearance.
The purpose of dental restorations is to repair and restore the teeth. They improve the functionality of the bite, keep teeth from shifting, and allow for better brushing and flossing. Aesthetically, restorations give patients a natural-looking smile once again. Crowns are essentially caps that restore and protect chipped or broken teeth or top dental implants. As a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure, porcelain or ceramic crowns restore the function and appearance of the tooth. The ceramic material is matched to the adjacent teeth in size, shape, and color for a natural result. Porcelain crowns are ensure biocompatibility, durability, and aesthetic appeal.
Porcelain veneers are another option to correct the appearance of teeth. Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth. They may cover misshapen, crooked, stained, gapped, or uneven teeth. Veneers may be used on a single tooth or multiple to create a more uniform smile. Veneers are customized for each patient using impressions of the teeth. This gives patients a smile that looks and feels natural.
If you are interested in cosmetic dental care to enhance your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Stopka in Burr Ridge, IL. Call 630 756-5844.