Often used to replace dentures or missing teeth, the branded procedure All-on-4 uses four titanium dental implants to anchor the upper and lower jaw. This provides a strong foundation for prosthetic teeth, which are added afterwards to complete this permanent procedure.
Braces are used to straighten teeth, and improve bite, appearance, and overall dental health. Several versions include metal, lingual, invisible, or ceramic.
Clear braces use a series of clear, removable aligner trays to straighten crooked or crowded teeth.
ClearCorrect is an alternative to braces designed to straighten crooked teeth, using a series of custom aligners/trays.
In dental bonding, a cosmetic dentist puts a composite material directly on damaged or discolored teeth and then shapes and hardens it using a UV light or laser.
A dental crown is a protective covering used to enhance the strength and appearance of damaged teeth. Crowns are most commonly made of porcelain, stainless steel, or ceramic.
Dental implants are surgical components that replace the roots of missing teeth. An implant will anchor replacement crowns, bridges, or dentures in the mouth. Learn more in our dental implant overview
A gum Lift is a cosmetic dental procedure that contours the gum tissue, usually to show more of the teeth and improve the smile.
Invisalign aligners are used to straighten crooked or crowded teeth, as well as close gaps and adjust overbites. The treatment involves wearing clear, plastic trays that are custom-designed for your mouth, making Invisalign a less-noticeable alternative to metal braces. For best results, it's recommended that you wear the aligners at least 20 hours per day throughout your entire treatment, switching to a new set of aligners roughly every two weeks until you've reached your desired results.
Cover up the little imperfections in your smile with these porcelain veneers. The beauty? Lumineers don't require your teeth to be shaved or ground beforehand.
Mini dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth with a cemented crown, and are also commonly used for stabilizing dentures. Unlike conventionaldental implants, these are small and don't require major surgery for placement. The procedure can typically be performed in a single visit.
This dental work bonds thin pieces of porcelain over the top of teeth to improve size, shape, and color. This procedure can help correct teeth with gaps, irregular shapes, chips, or stains. Because the original teeth are altered to place the veneers, this is an irreversible treatment.Learn more in our porcelain veneer overview
Six Month Smiles is a short-term orthodontic treatment that uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires as an alternative to standard metalbraces.Since the treatment uses low force to move teeth gently, it's intended for adults with crooked or spaced teeth who aren't looking for major alterations to their bites.
Smile redesign combines surgical and dental procedures such as orthodontics, whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers, or a gum lift.
Coffee, wine, soda — all of these things cause teeth stains. Dental bleaching treatments aim to zap those blemishes to leave you beaming ear to ear.
Get information about tooth repair, see tooth repair pictures, and learn more from cosmetic dentists about repairing chipped teeth.
Zoom whitening is a teeth-bleaching procedure performed in a dentist's office. After a hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to the teeth, an overhead lamp delivers UV light to the area, breaking down the activated gel. This allows oxygen to enter the enamel and dentin, bleaching the colored substances while leaving the structure of the teeth intact. Some users experience comfortable procedures, while others have reported a great deal of pain. Treatments typically last about an hour and may result in up to eight shades of improvement.
Kybellais a non-surgical injectable for reducingmoderate to severe fat on the upper neck, otherwise known as a "double chin."The injection contains a naturally occurring molecule which eats away at fat. When injected properly, all other cells are left healthy and intact. Using Kybella for treatment on areas other than the double chin is not approved or recommended. The treatment is calledBelkyra in Canada, Australia, and U.K.
It isunlikely thata non-surgical neck lift will achieve thesame results as surgery, but there are several non-invasive options. Doctors typically recommend procedures like Ultherapy (ultrasound),ThermiTight, and Thermage (both radiofrequency) to get a rejuvenated look.
Sleep apnea is a disorder where breathing becomes blocked or partly blocked during sleep. Common treatments include lifestyle changes (such as losing weight),CPAP breathing machines, nasal dilators, and surgery. Surgeries to treat sleep apnea may include uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (removing excess throat tissue), tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy (removing the tonsils or adenoids),tracheostomy (inserting a tube into the windpipe), double jaw surgery to increase the size of the airway, or palatal implants to keep soft palate tissue from blocking the airway.
An FDA-approved hyaluronic acid-based injectable filler, Belotero temporarily adds volume to the face and smooths skin, much like Restylane and Juvederm.
Botox (also known asVistabel in the UK)is an injection that temporarily relaxes facial muscles to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as prevent new lines from forming. Common injection sites include the forehead, the area between the eyebrows, the corners of the eyes, and the sides of the chin. Botox can also be used for a wide variety of other conditions, including migraines, excessive sweating, and psoriasis.
Botox is FDA-approved for treating migraine headaches. Chronic migraines are those that regularly occur more than 14 days per month. Botox will not cure migraines, but may offer relief from pain.
In a contour thread lift, clear threads with tiny barbs are inserted into the facial skin tissue and then used to tighten the skin. It is designed to deliver the results of a facelift without the recovery time or cost.
Injectable fillers, like Juvederm or Restylane, can be used for everything from lip augmentation to wrinkle treatment to scar removal. There are lots to choose from, and the Real Self community has tried them all.Injectable fillers may be used to correct a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as wrinkles, thin lips, acne scars, and dark or puffy under-eyes.
Juvederm is an FDA-approved collection of injectable fillers used for a variety of reasons, including lifting the cheeks, smoothing marionette lines around the mouth, and plumping the lips. It may also be used to fill pitted acne scars or reduce the appearance of aging hands. Juvederm fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin. Results typically last between nine months to a year.
Lip augmentation increases the fullness of the lips, using one of a variety of surgical or minimally invasive techniques. While the most popular methods use fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm, fat grafts, and lip implants may also be options.
The "liquid facelift" restores facial volume, reduces wrinkles, and provides a degree of facial rejuvenation. The liquid is typically an injectable filler (Restylane, Juvederm and others) in conjunction with Botox which relax facial lines
Those worried about going under the knife may be able to lift and firm without surgery by using popular fillers like Restylane or Radiesse, laser treatments, and even alternative medical procedures like acupuncture.
Radiesse is an FDA-approved injectable filler used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and smooth marionette lines around the mouth. It can also be used to correct volume loss in the back of the hands. In many patients, results can last a year or more.
Created to address sagging cheeks and jaws, this lifting technique literally leaves the face with non-absorbable stitches. Like other surgical procedures, a thread lift can be painful and possibly complicated.
Xeomin contains botulinum toxin type A, the same active ingredient found in Botox and Dysport. The only botulinum toxin that does not require refrigeration, it's used off-label to smooth facial wrinkles.
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