Cosmetic Dentistry Services in Oakville
Our Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Our experienced Oakville dentists offer the following cosmetic dentistry services.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry provides dental treatments to help improve the appearance of your smile. The treatments are not designed to correct dental health issues but instead focus on the elements of your smile that cause dissatisfaction with your appearance.
However, there are also dental health benefits to cosmetic dentistry. For example, replacing a missing tooth addresses a serious dental problem that impacts your teeth. Missing teeth lead to shifting, causing issues that include loose teeth, exposure to sensitive areas of your teeth, bite difficulties, and more.
Also, orthodontic treatments for problems such as gaps, crowding, and over- and underbites help improve your bite while reducing the risk for tooth decay for difficult-to-clean teeth.
What procedures are available for cosmetic dentistry?
Common procedures include:
A dental sealant is an acrylic-like material that helps shield decay-causing bacteria from the chewing surfaces of back teeth. We base our diagnosis and recommendation for dental sealants on the patient’s susceptibility to tooth decay and how the teeth were shaped when they originally formed below the gum. Though there is no specific age at which sealants are indicated, our cosmetic dentist will recommend that the best time to apply them is when the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear.
Creating dental crowns and veneers to match nature’s brilliance has always been one of cosmetic dentistry’s most difficult challenges. Fortunately, this challenge is lessening, and some would even say being eliminated by modern technology.
Today, we have wonderful porcelains, often using brand names like Davinci and Empress, but offering fantastic, brilliant luminescent crowns and veneers. In addition, we now offer computer colour matching directly in our office. Vita Dental has developed a wonderful new product. The Vita Easy Shade Compact is utilized in our office and is a modern-day computer colour spectrometer allowing accurate colour matching in the comfort of the dental office.
Silver and gold fillings used to be your only choices for fillings, especially for back teeth. Today, silver fillings can be replaced with tooth-coloured fillings for a much more natural look.
It takes only one appointment to restore your teeth with a crown. That’s because a crown is custom-crafted in a dental laboratory to precisely fit your tooth.
You can think of porcelain veneers as the false fingernails of cosmetic dentistry. They are custom-made “shells” bonded to the front of discoloured, uneven, or damaged teeth to create a bright, healthy smile.
An all-porcelain bridge is a non-removable appliance used to replace up to four adjacent missing teeth. They are custom-made to fit each patient, thus providing an aesthetically pleasing, long-lasting solution to missing and/or damaged teeth.
Upper or lower dentures usually are the best solution for persons with no teeth. In situations where many teeth are missing, but the remaining teeth are stable and healthy, a removable partial denture may be recommended.
Dental Implants (Implants)
A dental implant is a metal cylinder surgically inserted into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. A crown or modified denture may be attached to the implant.
Bonding, the application of a tooth-coloured plastic (composite resin) on stained or damaged teeth, can make a dramatic change to the colour and/or shape of your teeth in only one office visit.
If you’re looking to brighten a tarnished smile, whitening could be the answer.
What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?
There are many benefits to cosmetic dentistry, including:
- It enhances your smile, so you smile more and create a more approachable persona
- You improve your oral health with straight, uniform teeth that are easier to clean and floss
- Your new smile will encourage you to practice better home oral hygiene care to maintain its beauty
- A beautiful smile boosts your confidence and self-esteem for improved mental health
- Many treatments are permanent or provide years of perfection for a decade or more
- A perfect, white smile makes you look years younger
- Many treatments improve your bite, with many positive effects such as the reduced risk of decay, fewer headaches, no jaw or neck pain, and more
We can discuss your options and help you understand how each one improves your quality of life and creates the best you possible.
When is cosmetic dentistry recommended?
Anyone who is dissatisfied with their smile should consider cosmetic dentistry. Some specific issues requiring cosmetic dentistry might include:
- Unbalanced shape of teeth that appear too long, too short, or simply aesthetically unpleasing
- A gummy smile where too much gum shows
- Chipped teeth
- Missing teeth
- Discoloured teeth
- Crooked or overlapping teeth
- Large gaps
It depends on how you feel about your appearance and the types of changes that will help you love your smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Here are the most commonly asked questions regarding our cosmetic dentistry services:
Can anyone receive cosmetic dentistry treatments?
Yes and no. Anyone with healthy teeth and gums can receive cosmetic dentistry treatments. Each treatment plans consider your current oral health to address underlying issues such as gum disease. As a result, we can provide a comprehensive cosmetic dentistry treatment plan to achieve your perfect smile.
How long do cosmetic dental treatments last?
It depends on the treatment. Most will last at least a decade, while something like teeth whitening can last up to a year. We will discuss your options, so you make an informed decision to get the best life out of your new smile.
Does dental insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?
It depends on your dental benefits and treatment. Some bonding is covered by many insurance packages, while veneers or whitening treatments are likely not. We work with your insurance provider to determine whether coverage is available. We will discuss costs and forms of payment to help you achieve your smile goals.
How do I get started on achieving my perfect smile?
Call our team to set up a consultation today.