What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is oral care that aims to improve the look of your mouth, teeth and smile. Cosmetic dentistry procedures provide valuable health and restorative benefits, but most of them are elective. Common procedures range from simple to complex.
Who needs cosmetic dentistry?
Since most of the procedures Dr. Urquiaga offers are elective, they’re for anyone looking to enhance their smile. If you have any problems with your teeth that you’re looking to fix, whether it be size, color, or shape of your teeth, you might be a good candidate for one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures he offers.
Which cosmetic dentistry procedures does Dr. Urquiaga offer?
Dr. Urquiaga offers the following cosmetic dentistry procedures:
- Porcelain veneers: Very thin shells made from porcelain that resemble the color of your teeth. Dr. Urquiaga applies these custom-made shells over the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. They can be applied to change the color, shape, size, or length of your teeth. Veneers are excellent for stain resistance.
- Lumineers: A type of veneer, but thinner, more translucent and sometimes more resilient than porcelain veneers. They’re custom-made shells, about as thin as contact lenses that are applied to your teeth.
- Bonding: Composite material used for repairing decayed, damaged, or discolored teeth. The material is similar to tooth enamel in color. Dr. Urquiaga drills out the damage and puts in the composite onto the surface of your tooth. He then molds it into the correct shape before finishing it with a high-intensity light.
- Ceramic crowning: Tooth-shaped caps placed on top of teeth to help restore shape, size and strength. Made from metal, they’re cemented into place and are visible at and over the gum line. They help protect weak teeth and to restore already broken or damaged teeth.
After a consultation, Dr. Urquiaga determines which cosmetic procedures will benefit you and develops a custom treatment plan.
Are cosmetic dentistry procedures safe?
Yes. However, it’s important to see a professional like Dr. Urquiaga for a thorough dental exam and to find out which cosmetic procedures are right for you. They’re effective and can help with improving your smile and often your overall oral health.