I don’t like my teeth or smile — what can I do? Seek the help of a cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dental treatments can transform and enhance your smile, boost confidence, and improve your oral health.
From teeth whitening to reshaping your teeth, the dentists at Montana Dental Works have the expertise and experience to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
While general dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing and treating oral diseases, cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of the teeth and smile. Another common distinction is that everything that falls under general dentistry is often seen as essential and necessary, whereas cosmetic dentistry is seen as elective or desired. This, however, is not entirely accurate since cosmetic procedures can also have a positive impact on overall dental health.
Advancements in the science and affordability of cosmetic dentistry have made it possible for anyone to have the teeth and smile they have always wanted. If your teeth are damaged, stained, discolored, worn, chipped, broken, misshapen, or missing, cosmetic dental work can transform your smile, giving you a makeover that improves your appearance and confidence.
Dental veneers, also known as laminates, are a painless and effective way to achieve a better smile. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that cover the veneer, or the front surface, of the tooth. Veneers are custom-made to match the shape and color of surrounding teeth. They are durable, stain-resistant, and natural looking. To place veneers, your dentist will remove about a half-millimeter of enamel, then bond the veneer shell with a special adhesive cement. This process can change the color, shape, size, and length of teeth. Because of their transformative capabilities, veneers are often referred to as “Hollywood teeth.” Learn more about veneers and laminates here.
One of the most basic and common cosmetic dental procedures, teeth whitening or teeth bleaching is one of the safest, most effective ways of whitening teeth and brightening a smile. Over time, teeth inevitable become stained, especially for those who frequently smoke, drink coffee, and have poor dental hygiene habits. Teeth whitening services can correct these problems by removing some of the stains that have accumulated deep in the pores of your teeth. Teeth whitening sessions can be so effective that patients can achieve teeth that are 5 to 10 shades whiter in just one session. Learn more about teeth whitening here.
Also known as composite bonding, dental bonding repairs decayed and damaged teeth by using a material that resembles the color of the enamel. During this procedure, your cosmetic dentist will drill out the tooth decay and fill the space with the composite. The composite is then molded and shaped to match the shape of the other teeth, and then it is cured with a high-intensity light, allowing it to blend in with the surrounding teeth. This is typically one of the cheapest cosmetic dental treatments for those suffering from tooth decay, chipped teeth, or teeth with worn-down edges.
A dental crown replaces a decayed or damaged tooth by placing a cap over the tooth. The cap, which is often made of metal, porcelain, resin, or ceramic, stays above the gum line and helps to restore the shape, size, strength, and appearance of the tooth. Dental crowns are often used to cover misshapen or discolored teeth, and they can be used to hold together a weak tooth, keeping it from cracking or breaking.
Inlays and Onlays
Sometimes called indirect fillings, inlays and onlays fill decayed or damaged teeth. They are used when there is not enough tooth structure to support a full filling. Inlays and onlays are made by a dental laboratory, often using gold, porcelain, or composite materials. If there is no damage to the tooth cusps, your cosmetic dentist will place an inlay directly onto the tooth’s surface. If the cusp is damaged, however, your dentist will place an onlay over the entire tooth’s surface.
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to seamlessly replace missing teeth. In fact, it is considered to be the optimal solution for replacing missing teeth. The process works by replacing the tooth’s roots with a titanium post and then replacing the damaged or missing tooth with an artificial one that is able to function and appear like a real tooth. Dental implant surgery is an outpatient procedure that is broken up into several appointments over the course of four to nine months. Learn more about dental implants here.
As the name implies, a smile makeover includes a complete and comprehensive assessment of your smile and a treatment plan for helping you improve the overall aesthetics and appearance of your teeth and smile. This process typically involves one or more cosmetic procedures, which may include dental veneers, teeth whitening, implants, and other measures to help you achieve the smile and teeth you’ve always wanted.
The Benefits Of Cosmetic Dentistry Are More Than Just Cosmetic
A common misconception is that cosmetic dental work only improves the appearance of your teeth and smile. While this is certainly the biggest and most apparent benefit, it is not the only benefit. For instance, when you receive dental implants you not only improve your appearance by replacing missing or damaged teeth, but you also help prevent bone loss in your jaw and preserve the integrity of your dental structure. Specifically, it can help keep your other teeth in place and foster healthier eating that doesn’t compromise the rest of your teeth. These benefits are also common for other cosmetic dental treatments like porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, bonding, and more. Below are some of the common benefits beyond an improved appearance.
- Preserve or restore your facial structure
- Prevent bone loss and gum recession
- Secure and keep remaining teeth in place
- Restore ability to speak and chew effectively
- Keep damage from spreading to surrounding teeth
- Improve teeth and smile, boosting confidence and self-esteem
When you choose a cosmetic dentist, you are choosing a professional who will help alter your appearance by changing the look of your teeth and smile. This is an important and personal choice, and it should be considered thoughtfully. In order to make sure you find the most skilled cosmetic dentist, be sure to look into references, before-and-after examples of past patients, and proof of continued education.
Things to consider before your consultation
A consultation is an opportunity for you to learn about the procedure, the dental practice and your individual needs and dental goals. To make the most out of your consultation, it can help spend some time reflecting on your goals, questions, and concerns. Additionally, if this is your first time visiting this dental practice, the consultation will serve as a time to gather records and develop a unique and specific dental treatment plan. If you have access to your current dental records, it can help to bring these with you. The records and information that may be discussed during your consultation might include:
- A comprehensive intraoral examination
- Intraoral photographs
- Impressions of teeth
- Assessment of smile and tooth color
- A review of before and after photos and past successes
When trying to select the best cosmetic dentist for you, be sure to look for a dental practice that is detailed, compassionate, knowledgeable, experienced, and makes you feel at ease about your dental health and treatment plan.
If you are looking for an affordable and experienced cosmetic dental practice in Kalispell, Montana, you can rely on Montana Dental Works. Our dental practice is proud to offer highly skilled cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening, veneers, dental crowns, implants, and more. Before recommending a specific dental procedure, we take your total medical and dental history into consideration, and we use only advanced techniques and industry-leading technology to create and restore smiles.
Because our patients are our number one priority, we will never try to upsell or pressure you into expensive and unnecessary treatments. When you contact us for a consultation, we will tell you everything you need to know about your prospective procedure, including the cost of the procedure, how long it will take, long-term effects, alternative options, and any other matters that may pertain to your dental condition or desired outcome.
If you have questions regarding cosmetic treatments, costs, and whether or not cosmetic dental work is for you, give us a call at (406) 203-4231 or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.
Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
You may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry if your teeth have imperfections that you would prefer to be changed to enhance the appearance of your smile. It is important to recognize that esthetic dental treatments are not meant to alter your total appearance, but rather to provide a positive change that compliments the health and natural appearance of your teeth.
What types of cosmetic treatments are available to me?
There are many types of cosmetic treatments available, from in-office teeth whitening to total smile makeovers. The types of treatments available to you will depend on your overall goals but may include professional whitening, tooth-colored fillings, crowns, veneers, Invisalign, or dental implants.
What should I expect after receiving a cosmetic treatment?
You will receive special care instructions following your treatment. For example, if you have your teeth whitened you should avoid highly pigmented beverages and foods for several days to prevent staining. On the other hand, a dental implant makeover may require a significant amount of downtime, as well as a temporary soft/limited diet.
How much does it cost to get a great smile?
Like most services, costs vary greatly for different types of cosmetic treatments. Factors like the amount of time required and the difficulty of the procedure(s) are all crucial to determining the cost. The best way to get an exact quote is to contact us today to schedule your consultation, wherein you and our dentists will determine all that needs to be done to maximize your benefits.