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.
The main focus of cosmetic dentistry is to approve the appearance of your teeth, gums, or bite, without focusing on their function.
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:
Using a whitening gel and special lamp, this whitening treatment can make your teeth up to 8 shades whiter.
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.
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.
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:
Generally using composite resin (we offer other materials as well), fillings are used to treat cavities and prevent further tooth decay.
To fill cavities, repair chips and cracks, protect exposed roots, and for other reasons, a composite resin is bonded to the actual tooth.
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.
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.
Using CEREC technology, we now offer a way to receive a crown in one appointment.
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.