What is cosmetic dentistry and how can it improve my smile?
Your dentist 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. Your dentist can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn teeth, or alter the length of your teeth. 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 by your dentist in the 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.
Veneers are placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces; on teeth that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced, or crooked; or on teeth that already have large fillings placed. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are cemented over the front of your teeth. Veneers are used to treat some of the same problems that bonding is used to treat. Veneers also are an alternative to crowns.
In just two or three dental visits, a veneer can reverse years of stains caused by foods, caffeine and tobacco use.
Special thin laminates, called veneers, can often be used to correct discolored, worn down, cracked and chipped teeth. Veneers can also be used to close unsightly gaps between teeth.
An impression of the tooth must be made and a veneer molded by a lab technician. Because veneers require a small amount of enamel to be removed, they are permanent and non-reversible.
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 mate- rial to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. Bonding lasts several years 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 composite resins 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. They can hook onto remaining teeth or just sit on the gum.
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.