Most people have undergone some sort of cosmetic dentistry, if not multiple treatments, by the time they reach adulthood. Cosmetic dentistry encompasses seemingly routine procedures, like cavity fillings, to more extensive treatments, like replacing one or many missing teeth.

However you're looking to improve your smile, either out of dental-health necessity or a desire to make your smile more aesthetically pleasing, your cosmetic dentist can help you find a procedure to suit your needs and budget. Patients in Severna Park, MD, are served by the cosmetic dentists at Severn River Dental Associates and can request an appointment to discuss cosmetic dentistry procedures by calling 410-647-4094. Here are some of the most common treatments:

Teeth Whitening

People seeking a whiter smile may consider getting over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits, and those can produce good results, but professional whitening by a dentist will result in the most dramatic improvement using the safest techniques. Your cosmetic dentist will administer the whitening agents to best address your teeth's discoloration and reduce sensitivity that sometimes results from teeth whitening.

Porcelain Veneers

To resolve misshapen, chipped or discolored teeth, porcelain veneers are a good solution. Not everyone is a good candidate for veneers, and it's important to note that they are not reversible, but they produce dramatic results without spending too much time in the dentist's office. Your cosmetic dentist will shave a tiny amount of enamel from your natural tooth and bond to it a wafer-thin porcelain shell, instantly improving the appearance of that tooth. Veneers can smooth and whiten the appearance of your entire smile in as little as two appointments.

Dental Implants

If you've suffered tooth loss, whether it was a result of injury, decay or something else, you may want to fill the gap with a permanent replacement, rather than with removable dentures. The dental-implant process takes several months of evaluating your jaw for the procedure, installing a post to which the implant will eventually attach, and finally receiving the permanent implant. Implants look and feel like your natural teeth, and they require the same care, making them a worthwhile investment in your smile.

Orthodontics

A lot of people think of orthodontics just as traditional metal braces, but there are many treatments you can choose to straighten your smile or resolve jaw misalignment. Braces are an option, but you can opt for invisible aligners, as well. To find out which orthodontic treatment is best suited to improve your smile, schedule an appointment with the cosmetic dentists at Severn River Dental Associates to go over your options.