What are the Different Types of Cosmetic Dentistry?

May 17, 2019 Kalamazoo Smiles

Cosmetic Dentist in Kalamazoo, MIThe 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 cosmetic dentist in Kalamazoo, MI. Dr. Bandos would be more than happy to help you explore your options for cosmetic dental care.

In the meantime, here’s a brief overview of the cosmetic dental services she offers.

Dental Crowns

Dr. Bandos may recommend a dental crown to restore a tooth that’s weakened by injury or decay. A dental crown covers the entire visible part of your tooth above the gum line. This strengthens the tooth and improves its appearance. You may be a candidate for a dental crown if you have a broken or decayed tooth.

Cosmetic Bonding

Dental bonding is perfect if you have front teeth with slight chips, cracks, stains, or gaps. Dr. Bandos may also recommend bonding for misshapen teeth.

During the procedure, Dr. Bandos molds and bonds dental putty to the front of your tooth. She’ll then use a special light to harden it in place, so it blends in with the rest of the tooth.

Unlike other types of cosmetic dentistry, teeth bonding is noninvasive. Dr. Bandos can also complete the procedure in one appointment.

Crown Lengthening

Dr. Bandos may recommend crown lengthening if you have a gummy smile. During this procedure, Dr. Bandos 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 Kalamazoo cosmetic dentist if crown lengthening is right for you.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells Dr. Bandos can bond to the fronts of your teeth. Dr. Bandos may recommend porcelain veneers for teeth with small chips, cracks, or other minor imperfections. She can also use dental veneers to close small gaps between front teeth.

Teeth Whitening

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. The dental lab will then create your custom whitening trays.

When you return for your second visit, your custom teeth whitening trays will be ready. Dr. Bandos will make sure your trays have a comfortable fit before sending you home. We also offer Zoom whitening in our office for whiter teeth in one appointment.

Dental Implants

Did you recently lose a tooth? If so, Dr. Bandos may recommend a dental implant to prevent bone loss in your jaw.

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root made of titanium that’s used to anchor a dental crown. Once the dentist places the dental implant in your jawbone, you’ll need to heal for several months.

When the dental implant has fused to your jawbone, Dr. Bandos will place the dental crown over top. The dental crown gives you the look and function of a natural tooth.

Book a Consultation for Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Katherine Bandos is a cosmetic dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, who offers a range of dental services to restore your smile. To request an appointment and learn more about our cosmetic dentistry procedures, please call Kalamazoo Smiles at (269) 353-3700. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

This blog post has been updated.

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