What is cosmetic dentistry and how can it improve my smile?
Dr. Irina can perform a variety of cosmetic procedures to improve your smile from subtle changes to major repairs. There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen, or missing. Common procedures include teeth whitening, bonding, caps, crowns, veneers, and reshaping and contouring.
Teeth whitening is a common and popular chemical process used to lighten teeth. Some people get their teeth whitened to make stains disappear, while others just want a brighter smile. Discoloration, which occurs in the enamel, can be caused by medication, coffee, tea, and cigarettes. Discoloration also can be due to your genetic make up or simply from aging. Teeth whitening can be performed in our office or, under dental supervision, at home. Your smile will look its whitest with our professional home bleaching system! Many patients prefer bleaching at home for ease and convenience. You can save money and incorporate the procedure anytime you want. Our specially trained staff will make custom trays for you and provide complete whitening instructions. We will also help monitor your whitening process to ensure the best possible whitening shade.
The process involves buffing the tooth, removing an extremely thin layer of the tooth to allow for the thickness of the veneer, an impression of the tooth, and final bonding of the veneer to the tooth with special cement. A special light is used to complete the process.
Bonding is the use of tooth-colored material to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth and often requires only a single office visit. Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composites may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used to fill small cavities, to close spaces between teeth, or to cover the entire outside surface of a tooth.
Tooth Replacement Options
No one looks forward to losing teeth. If you lose one or more teeth, you owe it to yourself to be informed about your replacement options.
Implant Crowns are attached to dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are so natural looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth!
Dental Bridges replace missing or lost teeth with artificial replacements. A bridge is a series of crowns attached to teeth surrounding the missing tooth. It is firmly attached and gives you total functionality while restoring and improving your smile and bite.
Full or partial removable dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth. They are made of plastic or a combination of plastic and metal, flexible options available.
If you wear dentures and would like to smile, speak, and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants can be employed to “snap” dentures into place and hold them there.