What is Aesthetic Dentistry?

Your smile is just as important as your handshake when you first meet someone new. A strong, confident, beautiful smile is essential to getting started on the right foot whether in your professional or personal life.

Many people, however, may feel like their smile isn’t up to par. Perhaps your smile could be brighter, due to being stained darker by a love for coffee, tea, or red wine. Or maybe there’s a problematic tooth whose shape or position affects your confidence in the rest of your smile. Whatever the issue might be, others can tell right away when a smile doesn’t come naturally — or if you’re tight-lipped about the state of your teeth when introducing yourself to strangers.

Don’t risk coming off as unfriendly or shy just because you’re concerned about the look of your smile. You only get one chance at acing a first impression, and aesthetic dentistry can make sure that you do just that.

What exactly is aesthetic dentistry?

Aesthetic dentistry is a classification of dental procedures that help improve the look and feel of your teeth and overall smile. Also known as cosmetic dentistry, aesthetic dental procedures are not necessarily crucial to the function of your teeth, bite, speech, comfort, and other regular functions. Instead, aesthetic dentistry seeks to address the appearance of your teeth, offering a confidence boost in aesthetic issues that might have plagued your smile for years.

What kinds of procedures does aesthetic dentistry include?

There are many ways to give a boost to your smile through aesthetic dentistry. These procedures and treatments include:

Whitening: Dentists can offer patients a customized experience when it comes to whitening, including mixing in-office and at-home treatments depending on preference, need, and price. Patients are much more likely to experience favorable results when involving a dentist in this aesthetic procedure than whitening kits available at retailers.

Bonding: Bonding helps address minor chipping and discoloration in a patient’s smile. This procedure involves a putty that is dyed to match the patient’s existing teeth exactly — or conceal an unsightly color. This procedure may require regular professional attention to maintain.

Contouring: Your dentist will use tools to revamp the position, width, length, and shape of your tooth through contouring. This will address the overall look of your smile, and can be used in conjunction with bonding for an effective makeover.

Veneers: Porcelain veneers can be custom made to craft the smile you’ve always wanted. These veneers are placed directly over the teeth after your dentist grinds your existing teeth down to accommodate them. They are a popular and permanent — though pricey — solution to fix smiles.

Implants: Dental implants can replace gaps in your smile with a permanent tooth or teeth that will look virtually indistinguishable from your existing smile.

A number of restorative dental treatments not only boost the health of your mouth, but also improve the look of your smile. Orthodontics procedures including Invisalign clear aligners that straighten smiles both give your smile an aesthetic boost and correct your teeth to avoid discomfort and address overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Likewise, fillings are used in restorative dentistry to halt tooth decay in its path, but tooth-colored resin will help improve the look of teeth that have experienced decay.

How do aesthetic dentistry procedures benefit patients?

There may be a misconception that aesthetic dentistry is only for people overly concerned with their looks. That simply isn’t true. Aesthetic dentistry has numerous health benefits for patients who choose to pursue those procedures.

Bonding can help correct chips and other minor damages to teeth. This can help protect the remaining tooth while dulling any sharp edges that could cause pain when biting or speaking. A bond fix will also lessen the likelihood of further damage to the tooth by stabilizing it.

Contouring can help streamline a patient’s bite, easing discomfort and pain.

Aesthetic dental procedures may also encourage patients to take better care of their teeth. They might avoid tooth-staining beverages after a whitening procedure, for example, or they may be more likely to return to the dentist’s office for regular checkups because of aesthetic dental treatments they may have had.

Your mental health is also an important factor when it comes to aesthetic dentistry. Not having a smile that makes you happy can seriously affect your self-esteem and lead to other issues if not addressed.

What kinds of aesthetic dentistry procedures can I receive at Advanced Dentistry by James Blank?

Advanced Dentistry by James Blank is pleased to provide the following aesthetic dentistry procedures to our patients:

  • Bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental implants
  • TeethXpress Implant Dentures

We also offer restorative treatments that improve the look and feel of your smile, such as Invisalign clear aligners to straighten your smile, crowns and bridges to protect teeth and fill in any missing gaps, dentures to improve your quality of life, and periodontal therapy to address gum disease.

Dr. Blank and his team can offer high quality, expert aesthetic dentistry procedures to all patients. Learn more about Dr. Blank’s background and dedication to dentistry here.