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Safety First: What You Need to Know About Cosmetic Dentistry

June 14, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — fresnofamilydental @ 11:07 pm
Patient looking nervous before getting cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry has the power to transform smiles and boost confidence. From teeth whitening to veneers, these procedures can enhance the appearance of your teeth and give you a radiant smile. However, many patients are skeptical when it comes to the procedures themselves. Read on to explore common cosmetic procedures and see how your dentist ensures they’re perfectly safe.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry and How Safe Is It?

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth, gums, and overall smile. However, while the primary goal is to make you look better, many procedures can also contribute to better oral health! The procedures themselves are also generally the least invasive of any dental field, doing little to alter your tooth structure. Below is a look at some of the most common cosmetic enhancements and how they work:

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. Professional teeth whitening performed by a dentist is generally safe and effective. It uses non-toxic chemicals like hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide to break up tough stains on your teeth. This doesn’t wear down your enamel or make your teeth weaker, but there can be some temporary sensitivity afterward.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are a popular choice for achieving a perfect smile. They are custom-made to fit over the front of treated teeth, drastically improving their appearance. For porcelain veneers, your dentist will need to remove a small amount of enamel to place them, which makes it irreversible. However, when done by a skilled dentist, it’s completely safe and can last many years with proper care.

Lumineers are thinner and made with composite resin. Though they’re not as stain-resistant or durable, they don’t require the removal of enamel, so if you’re worried about your teeth, Lumineers might be a better option for you.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored resin to repair minor imperfections like chips or gaps. Like other treatments on this list, it’s minimally invasive with only slight preparations for each treated tooth. An experienced cosmetic dentist can ensure a comfortable experience as well as excellent results and longevity.

Cosmetic dentistry offers a safe and effective way to enhance your smile when performed by a qualified professional. If you’re still unsure or have more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist. They can offer personalized advice and cover any treatments you may be interested in for a brighter, better-looking smile.

About the Author

Dr. Byron L. Reintjes is a passionate dental expert with a dental doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. Ever since then, for over 30 years, he’s continued to expand his skills, continuing to perfect his craft. Today, he uses advanced dental technology and techniques to help his patients smile with confidence. Call (559) 438-6684 and schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Byron L. Reintjes, DDS or visit the website to learn more.

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