Cosmetic dentistry is a form of dentistry that specializes in improving the visual aesthetics of your smile while restoring the natural function of your teeth. Although cosmetic dentistry is similar to restorative dentistry, the main difference between the two is that cosmetic dentistry goes beyond simply restoring function. Nowadays, cosmetic dentistry is quickly becoming popular for people who want to improve the size, shape, color, spacing, or alignment of their teeth. Dr. Formica offers the following cosmetic dental treatments at his Hemet dental practice:
- Composite fillings
- Crowns & Bridges
- Dental Bonding
- Dental Implants
- Inlays & onlays
- Teeth Whitening
Did You Know?
The two most popular cosmetic dental treatments are teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Currently, teeth whitening is the most commonly performed cosmetic dental treatment in the United States with porcelain veneers following as a close second.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
You may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry if you are looking to improve the look of your smile. Additionally, ideal candidates have generally good oral health or are committed to correcting certain oral health problems prior to cosmetic dental treatment. To find out if you are a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry, schedule a consultation at the Hemet dental office of Dr. Formica.
What can cosmetic dentistry improve?
Cosmetic dentistry can improve a variety of aesthetic dental concerns including:
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Teeth with gaps between them
- Teeth that are unevenly shaped
- Teeth that are too large or too small
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Missing teeth
What should I expect when receiving cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Formica’s Hemet dental practice?
The first step of cosmetic dentistry is to arrange a consultation to discuss your aesthetic concerns, treatment goals, and budget. Based on these factors, Dr. Formica can provide recommendations about the best cosmetic dental treatment for your specific needs.
To prepare for your cosmetic dental consultation, you may want to consider the following questions:
- Are my teeth damaged, decayed, or missing?
- If I could fix one thing about my smile, what would it be?
- Am I looking to fix a single tooth, multiple teeth, or my entire smile?
- How long am I willing to commit to treatment?
- What is my budget?
Once a treatment plan has been decided upon, your expectations will vary depending on the cosmetic dental treatment you have selected. Some cosmetic dental treatments can be performed quickly and require no downtime, while other treatments may take multiple appointments and require a recovery period. Before undergoing any cosmetic treatment, the expectations for that treatment will be thoroughly discussed with you.
How long do the results of cosmetic dentistry last?
The lifespan of your cosmetic dental treatment will depend upon the type of treatment you choose. Some cosmetic dental treatments are temporary, such as teeth whitening and dental bonding, while others are permanent like veneers or dental implants. However, even permanent cosmetic treatments may occasionally require the placement of a new restoration once the old one wears down. The proposed lifespan of your treatment, as well as how to care for your restoration, will be discussed during your cosmetic dental consultation.