Absolutely. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, you may feel uncomfortable or awkward when smiling, laughing, or even eating around others. But with cosmetic dentistry, you can treat issues like stains, uneven teeth, and other flaws with your smile.
This boosts your confidence, allows you to smile proudly once again, and can even make you look younger. For that reason, investing in cosmetic dentistry in Fresno. is worth every penny. Schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Bauer today to learn more, and explore your options at your local dentist in Fresno, CA.
To begin the process, Dr. Bauer will perform a comprehensive oral exam. This is an important step. It allows him to assess the aesthetic issues with your smile. He can also check for common oral health problems like gum disease and cavities. Any problems with your oral health must be resolved before your cosmetic treatment can begin.
Next, Dr. Bauer will have an open, honest discussion with you. You’ll talk about your smile, how it makes you feel, what your goals are for your teeth, your budget, and more. This ensures he can recommend the proper treatments for your unique case.
Finally, your local Fresno dentist will work with you to determine the right treatments for your situation. This could include things like veneers, dental bonding, teeth whitening, or even Invisalign. Once you’ve approved your treatment plan, you’ll schedule your follow-up appointments with our front office team. Depending on the case, full or partial payment may be required up-front.
We offer custom take-home teeth whitening kits. Dr. Bauer will make a set of custom, reusable whitening trays that fit your mouth perfectly and give you a set of professional-grade whitening products. Then, you can treat yourself in the comfort of your own home to remove k[stains and brighten your smile. Take-home treatment is convenient and affordable and can whiten your smile by up to 5-10 shades.
Dental bonding is kind of like a filling, and uses a similar composite material. However, instead of being used to fill up a cavity, this material is used to add structure to your tooth, reshaping it and improving its overall appearance. Bonding is fast, affordable, and non-invasive, so it’s a great choice if you’re just getting started with cosmetic dentistry.
Shaping & contouring, sometimes called “enameloplasty” is often used alongside dental bonding. It involves using a special tool to gently remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth. This is done to correct minor imperfections like pointed teeth, small chips in the teeth, and uneven teeth. Along with dental bonding, it results in an even, picture-perfect smile.
Porcelain veneers are an ideal cosmetic dentistry treatment. Veneers are built from tooth-like porcelain. They are very thin, tooth-shaped “shells” that are designed to cover up the front surfaces of your teeth and treat cosmetic flaws in your smile. They are very durable, long-lasting, and natural, making them a popular choice for many patients. However, they do require the removal of some tooth enamel, so the treatment is not reversible.
Cosmetic dentistry is only intended to solve aesthetic issues with your smile, such as stained teeth, gaps in the teeth, misshapen and uneven teeth, and other such issues. It is not appropriate for treating damaged or unhealthy teeth, or for patients who may have very crooked teeth or other orthodontic problems.
As long as your mouth is healthy and you have cosmetic issues with your smile, you’re a good candidate for cosmetic dental treatments. However, if you have any significant oral health issues, these will have to be addressed before your cosmetic treatment can begin.
The answer is usually “no.” Very few dental insurance plans will cover dental care for purely cosmetic reasons. However, you may still wish to consult with your insurer to check your coverage.
While on the surface cosmetic dental treatment seems like it may only aim to improve the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, it actually does so much more than that. Cosmetic dentistry can improve tooth functionality and oral health through corrective procedures that straighten misaligned teeth, repair eroded or cracked enamel, and replace missing teeth.
Your teeth serve many essential functions in your oral health, from preserving bone density and your facial structure to helping you chew and speak clearly. While cosmetic treatment isn’t suitable for severe damage or orthodontic problems, it can improve these issues as a byproduct.
Many cosmetic treatments are also restorative, such as dental bonding, which rebuilds tooth enamel that’s been eroded or covers chips and cracks in the teeth. This can prevent the tooth from breaking and becoming infected, and even close gaps between the teeth.
Tooth contouring and clear aligners can also improve slightly crooked or misaligned teeth. Veneers provide your teeth with additional strength and durability while transforming your smile.
When you have misaligned or damaged teeth, you’re at increased risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth infections. Failing to replace missing teeth will result in irreversible bone loss and shifting teeth which will lead to bite problems and changes in your facial structure.
By correcting minor orthodontic issues with clear aligners, you make it easier to brush and floss all of the surfaces of your teeth, which prevents plaque and tartar buildup. When you suffer from tooth damage, whether from dental trauma or teeth grinding, you risk breaking your tooth or infection.
We can rebuild the tooth and cover up chips and cracks with dental bonding and veneers. CEREC or lab-made crowns are also available for more severe damage. If you’re missing a tooth, you can replace it with a dental implant.
A dental implant is the only way to preserve the existing jawbone and restore the entire tooth, from the root to the crown. This will restore your ability to eat whatever you want, prevent your teeth from moving, and prevent premature facial sagging.
Patients who whiten their teeth are also more likely to be persistent about maintaining good oral hygiene and attending regular dental cleanings.
Yes, a broken tooth can definitely be saved depending on the severity of the breakage, the location of the break, and how soon you seek dental treatment. A tooth that has broken off at the gum line will need to be replaced.
If you have a minor chip or crack, this can be repaired with dental bonding or veneers. A more severe fracture should be covered with a dental crown, which will hold the tooth together and provide significant protection to the tooth when you chew.
We can fabricate crowns out of porcelain-fused-to-metal in this situation, so you are provided with significant strength as well as an aesthetically-pleasing tooth. If you knock out a tooth, we can often reattach it after stabilizing it with a tooth splint, but this is a very time-sensitive issue so the sooner you get here, the better chance Dr. Bauer has of saving the tooth.