By Joonho Song, DDS LLC
March 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Perfection and beauty are relative, especially when it comes to our smiles. While there are a few basic characteristics that underly what cosmetic dentistrymakes a smile attractive, such as the size, shape, color, and overall symmetry and straightness of the teeth, a beautiful smile means different things to different people. Most people have a specific feature they'd like to change or improve about their smile, from making the teeth whiter to fixing a cracked tooth or using veneers to renew their smile. Cosmetic dentistry makes it possible to improve your smile without drastically altering the general characteristics that make it unique. Dr. Joonho Song, a cosmetic and general dentist serving Mt. Airy and New Market, MD, offers a range of cosmetic procedures designed to fix mild to severe dental imperfections.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments in the Mt. Airy and New Market, MD area

Stains and tooth discoloration are one of the most common cosmetic dental issues, and one of the biggest sources of personal dissatisfaction and embarrassment. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are two main types of stains: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains develop on the surface of the teeth. They can generally be treated with bleaching and gels. Extrinsic stains are caused by certain foods, smoking, and the erosion of the enamel layer over time. Intrinsic stains develop deeper in the dentin layer, essentially staining the teeth from the inside. They result from trauma, or as a side effect of certain medications. Intrinsic tooth stains generally require cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers to whiten the teeth.

Cosmetic dental procedures can also be used to fix a broken or chipped tooth, to close small gaps between teeth, and to resize uneven teeth. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry also overlap in certain situations: to replace missing teeth, to fill cavities or seal a tooth after a root canal, and to correct alignment problems.

Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Dental implants

Find a Dentist serving the Mt. Airy and New Market, MD area

Getting a smile you love has never been easier and more affordable. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry procedures and to find the option that is best for you, contact the office of Dr. Joonho Song by calling (301) 831-6677 to schedule an appointment today.

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