Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs from Your Riverside Dentists

An imperfect smile may make you want to hide your smile in public. However, a less than stellar smile can also lead to serious self-esteem issues, which can in turn create more problems, such as strained personal relationships and lagging career success. If a flawed smile hampers your lifestyle, let’s discuss a cosmetic dental treatment plan to improve your confidence and give you a brighter future.

What are the Differences Between Porcelain Veneers and Crowns?

Porcelain veneers are handcrafted shells applied to the front of teeth to correct permanent stains, chips, or spaces. Veneers are durable, stain resistant, and can last up to 20 years with proper care. A crown, on the other hand, covers the entire surface of tooth (above the gum line) and is usually a restorative procedure, rather than purely cosmetic.

What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

Bonding involves the application of composite resin, which is a durable, tooth-colored plastic material. This cosmetic procedure addresses gaps between teeth, chips, and permanent stains. Oftentimes, children who chip a tooth need bonding to correct the issue until the affected tooth is full grown. Then, a veneer can be placed. Adults who want to correct imperfections but do not want to get veneers may opt for cosmetic bonding as well.

Can Dentistry Correct my Gummy Smile?

A “gummy smile” is a term that describes the condition in which a significant amount of gum tissue is visible when someone smiles. Sometimes this is because the gums grew over the tooth enamel, making teeth appear small and stubby. A gum lift or gum recontouring removes excessive gum tissue to reveal more natural tooth enamel, and this makes teeth look longer and bigger. With laser gum recontouring, patients can enjoy a bigger, bolder smile without undergoing traditional gum surgery. No scalpel or stitches are required.

For all your cosmetic dentistry needs, visit Riverside Dental Group. To schedule an appointment, you can call our Magnolia Avenue office at (951) 689-5031 or our Van Buren Boulevard office at (951) 776-9001. We take care of patients throughout Riverside County, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley.