Oral health is important, and is the first priority of everyone here at Klooster Family Dentistry. But we understand that the needs of many of our patients extend beyond general oral health. As people who work on teeth every day, we have the unique opportunity to improve a key area of self-confidence: smiles.
Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to help our patients achieve confidence and self-esteem. A bright smile makes a great impression on a first date or a job interview, and maintaining it is a great impetus for overall dental health. Even a change as subtle as whitening your teeth can make a huge difference.
Orthodontia vs. Cosmetic Dentistry
When many people think of improving their smile, their first thought is usually of braces. And with good reason: braces are effective, and correct the obvious problem of crooked teeth. Braces are part of a separate field of dental medicine called orthodontia.
Orthodontia is a specialized field of dentistry focused on improving tooth alignment. Orthodontic procedures are usually more involved; for instance, wisdom teeth removal is beyond your average tooth extraction. It’s also not just cosmetic: orthodontic treatment can correct problems like lockjaw, overbites, and even speech impediments.
While we work closely with many orthodontists – usually as referrals for our patients – cosmetic dentistry is different. It focuses on improving your existing teeth as they are. If orthodontia is a full-scale remodel, cosmetic dentistry is a fresh coat of paint. The two disciplines cross over in some areas, but each requires unique training.
Here at Klooster Family Dentistry, we are pleased to offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services.
- Teeth Whitening: stained teeth are normal, but undesirable. Our custom, at-home whitening kits are more specialized and effective than store-bought solutions.
- Invisalign®: a less invasive and more comfortable alternative to braces, Invisalign® tooth liners are custom-made for each patient.
- Crowns and Bridges: over time, your teeth can weaken or become irregularly shaped. Crowns and bridges help protect them and make them look like new.
- Veneers: a thin, porcelain cover for a tooth that improves its shape, coloration, and overall appearance.
- Composite Fillings: a sculpting material used to fill in cracks or gaps in teeth.
- Porcelain Crowns: we use crowns that are made of porcelain to give the highest possible aesthetic result.
- Cosmetic Bonding: a sculpting material that your dentist molds to improve or regain the original shape of a damaged tooth in the smile zone.