Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry are different in many ways, yet they work towards the same purpose – restoring your smile.

 

We offer both types of dentistry at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe. Do you know the difference between the 2 types of dentistry?

 

Here are the main differences between cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry

The main focus of cosmetic dentistry is to approve the appearance of your teeth, gums, or bite, without focusing on their function.

 

Restorative Dentistry

The main focus of restorative dentistry is diagnose and treat diseases of the teeth and their supporting structures.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Some of the cosmetic dental procedures we offer include:

 

Zoom! Whitening

Using a whitening gel and special lamp, this whitening treatment can make your teeth up to 8 shades whiter.

 

Invisalign

Invisalign is a system that uses clear, aligning trays to straighten your teeth. You get a new set of trays every 2 weeks as they work to gradually move your teeth.

 

Hand holding Invisalign tray

 

Veneers and Lumineers

Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are placed directly over teeth that are chipped, discolored, misaligned, or that have gaps between them.

 

Lumineers offer an even better way to conceal imperfections without the need of removing healthy enamel.

 

6 Month Orthodontics

Using clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, these innovative braces generally take only 6 months to straighten your teeth.

 

Snap-On Smile

A cost-effective way to improve the appearance of your smile is with the Snap-On Smile. You simply snap on the dental resin appliance directly over your own teeth.

 

Restorative Dentistry Procedures

Some of the common restorative dental  procedures we offer include:

 

Fillings

Generally using composite resin (we offer other materials as well), fillings are used to treat cavities and prevent further tooth decay.

 

Bonding

To fill cavities, repair chips and cracks, protect exposed roots, and for other reasons, a composite resin is bonded to the actual tooth.

 

Dentist using dental bonding curing light in man patient's mouth

 

Root Canals

When tooth decay reaches the inside layer of a tooth (the pulp), the infection must be removed or the tooth will have to be extracted. A root canal removes the infected pulp and nerves inside the decayed tooth, cleans it out, and seals it to protect the tooth from further damage.

 

Periodontal Treatments

From gingivitis (inflamed gums) to severe periodontal disease (jaw bone loss and loose teeth), we offer procedures to treat gum disease and restore your dental health.

 

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are used to “cap” off broken, chipped, or decayed teeth, protecting them from further damage.

 

Bridges use crowns and false teeth to fill in missing gaps.

 

Implants and Dentures

Dental implants replace tooth roots, providing an anchor for a crown.

 

Dentures enable those who’ve lost teeth to speak and chew properly.

 

Same-Day Crowns

Using CEREC technology, we now offer a way to receive a crown in one appointment.

 

Dental chair with dental tootls in room

 

For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Sugar Land, Texas. We are committed to providing you and your family with expert dental care.