Restorative Dentistry: Cosmetic Dental Treatments – Kailua-Kona
A healthy smile is also an attractive smile, so it should come as no surprise that cosmetic dentistry treatments are often part of successful full mouth reconstructions. Whether it’s teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or Invisalign®, you can count on skilled Kailua-Kona dentist Dr. Carter Yokoyama to design the best possible treatment to meet your needs. Not only will you be able to feel confident about your dental health, you’ll also be confident about your smile in general.
About Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment
Cosmetic dentistry treatments cover a broad spectrum of dental care procedures designed to enhance the aesthetics of a smile. There’s actually a lot of crossover between cosmetic dentistry treatments and restorative dentistry treatments, and sometimes the divide is not always so black and white.
Good Candidates for Cosmetic Dentistry
Good candidates for cosmetic dentistry at our Kailua-Kona practice are patients who have generally good dental health but require some level of aesthetic improvement. When performed as part of a full mouth reconstruction, it’s important that we first address your dental health matters. Once those are properly dealt with, we can then improve the appearance of your smile.
Below are just three common and very popular cosmetic dentistry treatments that are often used as part of dental rehabilitation.
Porcelain Dental Veneers
One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments out there is porcelain veneers. These thin shells of specially crafted dental ceramic are affixed to the front facing portion of the tooth. When in place, porcelain veneers can successfully mask chipped teeth, cracked teeth, severely stained teeth, and minor tooth misalignment.
Ideal candidates for porcelain veneers at our Kailua-Kona cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice are patients in generally good dental health who have any of the above listed dental problems. It’s important that porcelain veneer patients have healthy teeth since a small amount of tooth structure must be removed during the procedure.
When in place, porcelain veneers blend in seamlessly with a smile. The porcelain veneers themselves are semi-translucent just like natural teeth. They will react to artificial light and natural light just as your natural tooth structure would.
There are so many common substances that can cause teeth to become stained, including coffee, tea, soft drinks, red wine, and tobacco products. Even the natural aging process can contribute to tooth discoloration. In order to brighten your smile and make it look its whitest, it’s important to consider professional teeth whitening.
Ideal candidates for professional teeth whitening at our Kailua-Kona cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice are patients in generally good dental health whose teeth are yellowed or discolored. Deep discolorations or discolorations that originate within the tooth cannot be properly addressed with teeth whitening treatment.
The best part about professional teeth whitening is that it is much more effective than the teeth whitening products that you can get over the counter. In just one professional teeth whitening treatment, you can have your smile brightened several shades.
Invisalign® (Invisible Braces)
In the past, the only way to straighten crooked teeth was metal braces. As effective as this traditional orthodontic treatment option is, a new advance has been made that is virtually invisible: Invisalign®. Rather than metal brackets and wires, Invisalign® uses clear plastic retainers. When in place, no one will realize that you are undergoing a major orthodontic treatment.
Ideal candidates for Invisalign® at our Kailua-Kona cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice are people who have teeth that are uneven or misaligned. Not all people with dental malocclusion are good candidates for Invisalign®, however. In some cases, traditional braces will be required. However, in most cases, Invisalign® is well suited to meet people’s needs.
During Invisalign® treatment, patients will receive a new customized aligning tray every two weeks. The Invisalign® aligners are worn at all times save for when eating, drinking, or cleaning the teeth. Gradually, the patient’s teeth will become perfectly aligned.
Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment in Kailua-Kona
A full mouth reconstruction means making your smile look and feel its best. Indeed, a healthy smile is one that looks great and that patients can feel great about. To learn more about porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and Invisalign®, contact our Kailua-Kona practice for restorative dentistry today. We look forward to your visit and our discussion about your dental health.