What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic Dentistry is used as a tool to help improve a number of issues with your teeth, some cosmetic or structural. At Dr. Barney’s office, cosmetic treatments range from simple office procedures, to surgery, even laser correction.
Cosmetic Treatments Available
Veneers are porcelain covers for your teeth. They do not require removing any teeth, just a simple application of a customized cover. By covering your teeth with veneers, imperfections such as stains or chips can be masked, and your teeth can be made to appear straighter.
Dental Implants are a great alternative to dentures and for replacing missing teeth. They are false teeth made to look like your own. They are implanted into the bone underneath the gums. Unlike dentures, they are permanently in place, and can enable a person to eat foods such as corn on the cob, which were not allowed with dentures.
In-office teeth whitening – Professional whitening treatments are the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry, and involve a series of in-office treatments. The results last longer and are more consistent than those gained with home treatment kits.
Smile makeovers can involve a number of treatments, including all the above. They are typically for purely cosmetic reasons, to restore the beauty of your smile.
Bonding is usually used in cases of chipped or badly discolored teeth. A bonding agent is applied to the teeth to whiten and fill in any holes, and then bonded to the tooth with a high-intensity light. The end result is a smile with white, smooth teeth that look as good as veneers.
This procedure is used to fix gums that cover too much of the teeth, or gums that are too high. Gum contouring is an in-office surgical treatment that evens out your gum-line.
Lasers can now be used in many cosmetic dental procedures. Lasers are painless, work quickly, and can provide more precise results than traditional treatments. Many of the above treatments including teeth whitening, bonding, and gum contouring can be done at Dr. Barney’s office using lasers.
Am I qualified for cosmetic dental procedures?
Prior to any procedure, Dr. Barney will discuss your medical history, lifestyle habits, and expectations to see if you’re a candidate for treatment. You will discuss any issues you may have with your teeth or your smile. Together, you will then decide which treatment will accomplish the results you seek.
Am I too old for cosmetic procedures?
It depends on the condition of your teeth and which procedure you are considering. If you would like to replace teeth with implants instead of dentures, for example, this is possible. But certain treatments, such as bonding, require that your teeth are strong and have healthy enamel.
Can I have my teeth whitened if they are very sensitive?
This depends on the level of sensitivity in your teeth and which whitening treatments you use. Store-purchased treatments could leave you in pain, but in-office laser treatment may work perfectly and without sensitivity. Before performing any procedure, Dr. Barney will let you know whether you qualify.
If I have an old treatment like dentures, could they be replaced with a new treatment like implants?
Yes. Dr. Barney can replace your older, bulky dentures with new implants, making your teeth permanent, enabling you to eat foods you’ve had to avoid, and eliminating your denture-care routine forever.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in learning more about cosmetic dentistry, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (304) 754-8803 to schedule a consultation at our office in Hedgesville, WV.