Having stained teeth or other cosmetic flaws can cause patients to experience a loss of self-confidence, which can end up affecting all parts of their lives. Cosmetic dentistry includes veneers, whitening, and other services that fix cosmetic flaws and give patients a brighter, healthier smile. Dr. Bonnie Bateman provides cosmetic dentistry for patients in Long Beach, California at Los Altos Dental.
Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A
When should patients consider cosmetic dentistry?
Patients who have any flaws that affect the appearance of their teeth can benefit from 1 or more cosmetic dentistry services. When these flaws affect a patient’s quality of life, cosmetic dentistry can help improve it. Dr. Bateman evaluates each patient’s flaws to determine the type or types of services that would be most suitable. For example, patients with chipped teeth might benefit the most from dental veneers, while those with discolored teeth might benefit from professional tooth whitening. In some cases, Dr. Bateman might recommend more than one service.
What are porcelain restorations?
Porcelain restorations, such as crowns, are used to give teeth a more natural appearance after they’ve been damaged. This type of material closely resembles the look of natural teeth, which makes these restorations less noticeable than other materials, such as gold. Porcelain restorations are made based on the color, size, and shape of the patient’s affected teeth. This helps ensure they fit comfortably in the mouth and look as much like the patient’s natural teeth as possible.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening refers to a process that breaks up tooth stains caused by foods, beverages, tobacco products, and natural aging. Patients can have their teeth professionally whitened for better results than they’ll get from over-the-counter products. Professional teeth whitening also typically leads to results that last longer. Patients with yellowish teeth generally have the most noticeable results from teeth whitening. Those with brown stains or gray discolorations might not notice any improvement with teeth whitening.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are tooth coverings that mask certain flaws, such as gaps, crooked teeth, stains, and chips or cracks. Veneers are custom-made based on the patient’s natural teeth, which provides them with a color and shape that matches the surrounding teeth. This helps give patients a more even smile. Dental veneers are made from porcelain or composite resin, which are durable materials that typically last for many years. In addition to improving a patient’s smile, veneers also guard against damage. To get more details on cosmetic dentistry services in Long Beach, California, please call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Bateman at Los Altos Dental.