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The Right Cosmetic Dental Procedure for You

Posted on November 15th, 2017 by Dr. Nikoo Daftary

Traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing and treating various forms of oral disease, while cosmetic dentistry concentrates on improving the appearance of the teeth, mouth and smile. To say it another way, general or family dentistry addresses problems requiring necessary treatment, while a cosmetic dentist in Chicago or any other area provides elective or desired dental treatment.
It should be noted, however, that cosmetic treatments may also provide restorative benefits. For example, older dental fillings to treat decayed teeth often used materials that sometimes left visible, dark spots on the teeth.
In contrast, today’s dental fillings can be considered partially cosmetic as you can now choose fillings made of porcelain or composite materials that closely match the color of your teeth and maintain the natural appearance of your teeth and smile.
Beyond more natural appearing fillings, modern cosmetic dentistry offers a choice of many other procedures including:

  • Bonding – Composite bonding repairs decayed, damaged or discolored teeth using material resembling the color of tooth enamel.
  • Teeth whitening – Whitening or bleaching is performed after plaque, tartar and other debris have been removed from the surface of the teeth. They can then be bleached to give them a lighter shade.
  • Porcelain veneers – Custom made dental veneers resemble your natural teeth and can resolve numerous cosmetic issues such as crooked teeth, damaged enamel and gaps between the teeth.
  • Invisalign – This procedure uses a series of clear, removable aligners to give you a beautiful smile without having to wear traditional metal braces.
  • Implants – Dental implants replace missing teeth caused by decay or injury using a small titanium post that replaces the tooth root and holds the custom-fitted artificial teeth in place.

These are just a few of the procedures offered by modern cosmetic dentistry, and with so many techniques, how do you choose the right procedure for you?
First, ask yourself what you want changed about your smile. Do you want a perfect, “Hollywood” smile or something that looks a bit more authentic to you?
Next, do some research on cosmetic dentists in Chicago, and while doing that, we invite you to review the full array of dental services offered by Art of Modern Dentistry.
Finally, contact us by phone or email to set up your initial consultation and let us become your cosmetic dentist in Chicago and give you the brightest smile you’ve ever had.

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