Recent developments in orthodontic technology and treatment options have motivated increasing numbers of adults to seek treatment for their orthodontic issues. Today, we look at some of the ins and outs of adult braces and other treatment options.
Service Availability by Province
About Cosmetic Dental Services
Cosmetic dental services include any dental treatments with the primary goal of making aesthetic changes to the teeth and gums, including treatments designed to improve the colour or symmetry of the teeth.
Cosmetic Dental Services FAQs
What is the best cosmetic treatment for teeth?
Cosmetic dental procedures are designed to change the overall appearance of your teeth. The best cosmetic dental procedure for you will depend on the overall condition of your teeth, and what you are hoping to achieve.
Teeth whitening can often be a quick solution for brightening your teeth, whereas veneers can be placed over the teeth to hide stains and change the shape of the tooth. Dental bonding can be an effective way to correct the appearance of chipped or cracked teeth and orthodontics such as Invisalign can be used to help give teeth a straighter appearance.
Speak to your dentist to find out more about cosmetic dental procedures designed to address your concerns.
Are cosmetic dental treatments expensive?
There are cosmetic dental procedures at many price points to help people with different budgets achieve their smile goals.
Teeth whitening can be a way for people on a tight budget to achieve a brighter smile, although the procedure may need to be repeated over time as results fade.
Though more costly than teeth whitening, dental bonding and veneers can be a cost-effective way to make longer-lasting changes to the overall symmetry and appearance of teeth.
A full-mouth restoration involves using a number of different dental treatments to achieve an extensive makeover of the smile and will typically be a more expensive undertaking.
Your dental office will be able to provide you with a detailed pricing guide for the procedures you are considering for your smile. Contact the administrative team at your dentist's office for more information.
What are the most common cosmetic dental procedures?
Cosmetic dental procedures are aimed at changing the overall appearance of the patient's smile. Some of the most common cosmetic procedures include:
The whitening procedures used by individual dentists vary, however many dentists offer both at-home whitening solutions as well as in-office procedures. Most teeth whitening treatments involve coating the teeth with a whitening solution for a period of time, and some utilize lasers. Speak to your dentist to learn more about the whitening treatments offered at your dental clinic.
Thin pieces of porcelain are applied to the fronts of the teeth in order to alter the shape or colour of the teeth. Veneers can be used on teeth with uneven surfaces, or teeth that are discoloured, oddly shaped, chipped or unevenly spaced. Dental veneers can be made to match the colour of your natural teeth.
The dental bonding procedure involves your dentist bonding tooth-coloured composite resin to decayed, discoloured, damaged or gapped teeth to change their appearance, repair damage and/or fill gaps.
A dental implant is a tiny titanium screw that is implanted into the jaw and acts much like the roots of a tooth. For patients with one or more missing teeth, dental implants may be used to hold a signal artificial tooth, a dental bridge or even dentures.
How long will the effects of teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening is a temporary solution to whiten your smile.
If your teeth are continually exposed to foods and drinks that can cause staining, the effects of teeth whitening may begin to fade after a few months.
If you make an effort to avoid these foods and drinks following your teeth whitening treatment, you may only need a touch-up after one year or so.
Is teeth whitening covered by dental insurance?
Teeth whitening is not typically covered by dental insurance, as it is a purely cosmetic procedure with no health benefits for your teeth.
More from our blog about Cosmetic Dental Services
You may have heard of a prosthodontist, but may not be sure what they actually are. Here, we explain what this specialist does and what kind of treatments they offer.