Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry in Metairie and New Orleans

Cosmetic dentistry is an excellent way to not only improve your appearance and confidence but your oral health as well through a variety of procedures. At its most basic, cosmetic dentistry serves to make your teeth and smile brighter and better, which can lead to making you feel good about your appearance. However, there is more to it than just looking and feeling good.

Life is not easy for your teeth, and even if you brush and floss regularly, you can still benefit from oral hygiene maintenance. If you drink copious amounts of coffee or tea, your teeth are probably slightly stained. A good aesthetic dentist can make them pearly white again and have you smiling with confidence in no time.

Teeth Whitening

Bleaching can be done at the dentist’s office and is an easy way to brighten your teeth. Whitening does not cost a lot of cash or take a lot of time, and when done at the dentist’s office, bleaching usually needs one or two visits at about 45 minutes apiece.

Our whitening service includes two treatment types that you can have either simultaneously or separately. Our tray whitening service involves whitening solutions placed into molds that fit over your teeth for a specific amount of time, depending on your dentist’s counsel and your personal needs.

Crowns and Bonds

People lose teeth for a variety of reasons, and it is always uncomfortable having a missing tooth in your mouth. Cosmetic dentistry is an excellent way to replace or repair broken and missing teeth by using bonding or crowns, depending on the situation.

The bonding procedure involves using a tooth-colored material to fill in gaps between and in your teeth. It only requires a single office visit and lasts for many years. While relatively inexpensive, bonding is easily stained and is prone to chipping.

Crowns cover the teeth to help return them to their original shape and form. Adding a crown is more expensive and time-consuming than bonding, but they also last longer and are more durable. Due to their monetary and time cost, crowns are usually only recommended when other options won’t work.

We also provide filling services, to fill in holes in your teeth, and we can color these fillings to match the natural color of your teeth.

Veneer

Another valuable service a cosmetic dentist can offer you is veneer treatment for your teeth. Veneer is a polish that goes on the front of your teeth, smoothing them out, and giving them a shiny appearance. Veneer comes in porcelain and plastic.

Plastic is cheaper and quicker, usually only requiring a single visit. Porcelain is slightly more expensive and time-consuming, but the benefit is that it lasts longer than plastic and has a more natural feel. Talk to your cosmetic dentist about which choice is right for you.

Shaping and Contours

Other cosmetic dentistry procedures include reshaping and contouring teeth. People with good oral health but who want to straighten their smile or otherwise change the appearance of their teeth might consider having their dentist reshape or contour their teeth. Typically, your dentist can complete this kind of work in a single session.

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Our teeth are important, and the importance of proper oral health cannot be understated not only for physical health but your mental health as well. How do you know which cosmetic dentist is right for you? It may seem obvious, but the best way to ensure you have made the right choice is to ask questions.

Ask your dentist if you can see photos and x-rays of former patients, both before and after their treatment. It will help give you a sense of what your doctor is capable of; additionally, ask for references. Talking to other patients who have had similar procedures performed by your dentist will aid you in gauging their satisfaction and knowing what to expect.

Finally, make sure they are qualified. Investigate your dentist’s education and any relevant certificates. The more information you have concerning your dental care provider, the better able you will be to make the right decision for you.