One of the first things we notice about others, and others notice about us, is a person’s smile. Each and every one of us has a smile that is completely our own. Unfortunately, some individuals lack confidence in their smile. If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, or you suffer from damaged, cracked, or missing teeth, we are here to help improve the esthetic state of your smile.

Treatment Procedures Offered By A Cosmetic Dentist

  • Dental Bonding: the application of dental bonding composite to teeth to enhance their appearance
  • Crowns: an artificial “cap” made of ceramic material that is attached to a tooth to improve the appearance and function of the tooth
  • Dental Implants: a permanent tooth replacement that is surgically placed in the patient’s bone
  • Dental Bridges: an alternative tooth replacement option that is secured to other teeth in the mouth
  • Veneers: Partial crowns made of a ceramic material that only cover the outside, visible surface of the teeth
  • Tooth Contouring/Reshaping

To determine which treatment procedure would be suitable to meet your needs, contact Lawhead Family Dentistry and set up a cosmetic consultation appointment. Dr. Chris or Dr. Carlin Lawhead will review with you the possible treatments they have available and develop a custom treatment plan for you.

Issues Treated With Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Missing tooth/teeth
  • Misshapen or disproportionately sized teeth
  • Discoloration and staining
  • Overcrowded and crooked teeth
  • Gaps and spacing in teeth

Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dentistry that involves treating and restoring teeth with the goal of improving their esthetic appearance. There are a variety of procedures available to help patients achieve their esthetic goals. The procedure(s) recommended will be based on the patient’s needs and cosmetic goals.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure Length

The length of a cosmetic procedure varies and ultimately depends on the type of procedure and the number of teeth involved. In many cases, multiple stages or procedures are required to get the final results. At the consultation appointment, a thorough explanation of the procedures that will be required for your treatment plan will be provided, as well as an estimate of the length of each procedure.

Deciding If Cosmetic Dentistry Is Right For You

Cosmetic dentistry procedures may not be the best fit for everyone. There are several factors to consider when determining if you should pursue a cosmetic solution to improve your smile. Some patients have more severe dental concerns that must be addressed prior to pursuing cosmetic treatments. Before considering cosmetic procedures Dr. Carlin or Dr. Chris will need to evaluate the overall health of the bone, teeth, and gums.

This evaluation of your oral health will be completed at a consultation visit. This may involve any or all of the following:

  • Comprehensive Oral Exam
  • Impressions
  • Bite Analysis & TMJ Analysis
  • Radiographs
  • Periodontal (gum) and oral cancer exam

After the required exam is completed, a treatment plan will be presented. Some patients will require more extensive treatment than others, depending on the findings from the exam. When it comes to dental procedures, every patient is unique. Therefore, it is essential for cosmetic dental plans to be tailored to each individual to achieve the best possible result.