What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry and its procedures focus on improving the appearance of your teeth, mouth, and overall smile. While its main purpose is aesthetics, it can improve the function of your teeth at times, especially through procedures such as dental implants. In addition to offering cosmetic dentistry as part of our services, Baystate Dental, which is affiliated with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, goes the extra mile by developing treatment plans with the purpose of improving a patient’s smile.
Reasons for Cosmetic Dentistry
Many things in life can affect your smile, including genetics, accidents (trauma), disease, and aging. Cosmetic dentistry can, however, reverse the damage these issues cause to your teeth.
The Baystate Dental team knows how an imperfect smile can affect how you feel about yourself, particularly in social settings. As your smile is what people are going to notice about you first, flaunting healthy teeth can put your mind at ease while boosting your self-confidence whenever you encounter people. This is why investing in your smile is always a wise investment!
Our experienced, professional dental care team at Baystate Dental will assess your dental needs and provide you with a personalized treatment plan that details a variety of cosmetic dentistry options to improve, rebuild and recreate your smile. If you are from the surrounding areas of Springfield, Chicopee, Greenfield, Longmeadow, West Springfield, Westfield, Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Ludlow, Northampton, and Wilbraham, MA, call (413) 734-9400 to schedule a consultation right away. If you are tired of hiding your teeth when you smile, laugh, speak or eat, now is the time to explore cosmetic dental options.
Common Cosmetic Dental Problems
Whether you are troubled by one aspect of your smile or want to explore the possibility of an entire smile makeover, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry-certified professionals at Baystate Dental are here to provide the smile you’ve always wanted. We offer our patients access to state-of-the-art dental technology to resolve virtually any dental problem they have and get them smiling confidently again.
Common dental problems that can be corrected by cosmetic dentistry include:
- Gaps between your teeth.
- Yellowed, stained or darkened teeth.
- A “Gummy” smile (where the visible parts of the teeth look too small because gum tissue covers too much of their surfaces).
- Black lines from crowns along the gum line due to gum recession over time.
- Chipped or missing teeth.
- Crowded or misaligned teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures at Baystate Dental
Baystate Dental provides a full array of cosmetic dental procedures that aim to give you an all-natural smile. From the very first appointment you schedule at our practice, we will work with you to determine the best procedure(s) that can boost your confidence and improve your relationships through the power of a smile.
Your personalized treatment plan may include any one or a combination of the below treatments;
Even small defects, minor chips, gaps between the teeth, discolored teeth, and thin enamel can affect the quality of your smile. Luckily, these issues can be reversed with the help of porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front surface of the tooth. Porcelain veneers can even out the appearance of gaps, cover up tooth staining (particularly interior staining), and provide the appearance of a healthy smile. Because they are made of porcelain, they look just like your natural teeth. What further makes them a popular solution is their affordable cost in comparison with other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
If a tooth has not been chipped deep enough to expose the interior dentin level of a tooth, it may easily be repaired via dental bonding. Dental bonding uses a composite resin material (the dentistry equivalent to plaster) to fill in the missing tooth material. Composite resin is a combination of plastic and glass that is tooth colored. It is the same material used to make fillings, but it can be used to correct more minor dental defects and even tooth discoloration. Because it is less invasive than most cosmetic dental treatments, dental bonding treatment is considerably affordable.
Tooth discoloration is one of the most common and easily corrected cosmetic problems. While it can be avoidable by steering away from strongly pigmented foods and drinks, causes like aging, certain medical conditions, and the use of some medicines are hard to evade. Regardless of the cause of stains on your teeth, you can opt for our professional teeth whitening service to remove them. You are welcome to either receive treatment in our office or carry it out on your own at home with our custom-made whitening trays and professional-strength whitening gels recommended by our experts.
At times, your teeth can look too small or too short because gum tissue covers too much of the surface. With gum recontouring, we use a soft tissue laser to quickly and safely remove unwanted tissue and reveal the rest of your natural tooth structure to transform your smile.
Dental Crowns, Dental Bridges and Dentures
The traditional methods of replacing a missing tooth with dental bridges, dental crowns, or full or partial dentures are still used today due to their excellent results. In fact, with advanced design techniques and the latest technology, even dentures can appear and function more like natural teeth. You are welcome to discuss the right option for your case with our Baystate Dental professionals.
Dental implants have become the gold standard for replacing missing or extracted teeth for many patients. Dental implants are screw-like posts made of biocompatible titanium. When successfully integrated with the jawbone, the screw acts like an anchor and functions just like natural tooth roots to support single crowns, bridges, and full or partial dentures. The placement of dental implants may also require an orthodontic alignment phase to help upright teeth that might have tipped or shifted into the empty tooth space.
Instead of traditional silver fillings, many opt for the more natural-looking white fillings. These tooth-colored fillings are done with a composite resin, which is virtually unnoticeable once in place. Modern application techniques have improved the stability and longevity of composite fillings since their introduction to the dentistry world.
Invisalign has made straightening and aligning teeth much more convenient and natural-looking than traditional orthodontic braces and retainers. Invisalign is actually a series of plastic devices that are custom-made for each patient. Each plastic device is worn over the teeth in sequence, gradually moving them millimeter by millimeter without forcing you to hide your smile from others.
A Smile Makeover
While many patients may only need one or two cosmetic treatments to improve their smiles, others will require a more comprehensive treatment plan. All treatment options will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation. Your dentist will help you decide what treatment or combination of treatments would work best to provide the results you seek.
Because each patient’s needs and treatment plans are different, it may be difficult to put a generic price on cosmetic dentistry. All costs will be discussed during your consultation and you will be provided with an estimate for each phase of your treatment before it starts.
Most cosmetic dentistry costs are not covered by dental insurance as they are not viewed as essential dental treatments. To ease the burden and to make sure each patient gets the chance to have the smile they have always wanted, Baystate Dental offers affordable and easy financing options. Get in touch with us to discuss these right away.
Contact Baystate Dental Today
Cosmetic dentistry today is all about options. At Baystate Dental, we will provide you with complete information about all of the procedures available so you can make a well-informed decision.
If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry or if you have a dental problem and would like to learn how cosmetic dentistry can make you smile again, schedule an initial consultation with one of our Baystate Dental dentists that perform cosmetic dentistry, who are also members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. We proudly treat patients in Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Greenfield – Suite 6, Greenfield – Suite 7, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Northampton – King St, Springfield – Harrison Ave, Springfield – Main St #212, Springfield – Main St #215, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham Massachusetts. Visit one of location pages and schedule your appointment to discuss your smile or one of our other services today!