The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of teeth that show when you smile and talk. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious of your teeth, it’s time to request an appointment with our Kalamazoo, MI cosmetic dentist.
Dr. Katherine Schier offers different types ofto help patients smile with confidence. Continue reading to learn about your options for cosmetic dentistry. Contact our office today for more information.
Cosmetic Dentistry Types
Dr. Schier may recommend a dental crown to cover a tooth that’s been weakened by injury or decay. A dental crown restores your tooth’s strength and appearance by covering the visible portion of your tooth above the gum line. Our cosmetic dentist may also recommend a dental crown to cover a tooth that’s significantly stained or misshapen.
During the cosmetic bonding procedure, Dr. Schier molds and bonds dental putty to the front of your tooth. Dental bonding is perfect if you have front teeth with slight chips, cracks, stains, or gaps. Our cosmetic dentist can also use dental bonding to improve the appearance of misshapen teeth. Unlike other types of cosmetic dentistry, teeth bonding is noninvasive and can be done in one appointment.
Dr. Schier may recommend crown lengthening if you have a gummy smile. During this procedure, Dr. Schier lifts up your gums and reattaches them in a new position on your teeth. That way, more of your teeth will show when you smile and talk. Ask our cosmetic dentist if crown lengthening is right for you.
We offer custom teeth whitening trays so you can whiten teeth from the comfort of your own home. During your first appointment with us, we’ll take impressions of your teeth and send them to the lab where your custom whitening trays will be made. When you return for your second appointment, your custom teeth whitening trays will be ready. Our teeth whitening dentists will make sure your trays fit comfortably before sending you home. We also offer Zoom teeth whitening in our office for noticeably whiter teeth in one appointment.
Did you recently lose a tooth? If so, Dr. Schier may recommend a dental implant to fill the gap in your smile and prevent jawbone deterioration. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (typically made of titanium) used to anchor a dental crown. Once the dental implant is placed in your jawbone, you’ll need to heal for several months. When the dental implant has fused to your jawbone, Dr. Schier will place the dental crown over top. The dental crown gives you the look and function of a natural tooth.