The Three Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures, and What They Can Do for You

Jan 16, 2014, by Dr. Becky Coats

In late 2013, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) released its figures about the state of the industry, something it does every two years. The data from this year included a question for each dentist to identify the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in his practice.

In tallying up the results, just three procedures were identified as the most popular by a whopping 83% of respondents: dental bonding, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers. We will help you understand these procedures and how they can improve your smile.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is when the same composite material used to make tooth-colored fillings is used to reshape your teeth. The material is originally applied as a putty, shaped until it gives a pleasing appearance, then hardened using a special catalyst light. This procedure can be completed quickly in a single visit.

Dental bonding is commonly used to close gaps in your smile and correct small teeth, such as peg laterals, or other poorly formed teeth. It may also be used to correct chipped teeth and other small cosmetic damage to your smile.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is just what the name says: it removes stains to give your teeth a whiter appearance. There are two main types of teeth whitening dentists use. In the first, in-office whitening, involves just three quick applications of whitening compound to your teeth. This whitening compound breaks down organic stain molecules, leaving your teeth whiter. As the compounds are reacting chemically with stain molecules, a bright light may be used that liberates the whitening compound to break up more stain molecules. This may lead to greater effectiveness. You will see significant results in less than an hour.

Teeth whitening can also be done at home by you. You will be given a custom-fitted whitening tray and whitening compound to use in the trays. Although this may take longer to give the results you are looking for, they ultimately end up giving you better results.

Teeth whitening is good on food-related and other surface stains, but generally cannot affect staining deep in the tooth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin facades of advanced ceramic that can be used to reshape your teeth, similar to dental bonding. However, this procedure cannot be completed as fast as dental bonding.

Because the material is ceramic, it has a luster closer to the natural shine of your teeth. It can also be used to conceal discolored teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening. Most importantly, porcelain veneers can last much, much longer than other treatments, typically ten years or more.

Want to learn which of these procedures is right for you? Please contact Grapevine Dental Care in Grapevine, TX today.