Aesthetic Dentistry (cosmetic dentistry)
Improving the look of your smile.
Today, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, from whitening and shaping to closing spaces and replacing teeth. Dentists have a wide array of tools and techniques at their disposal for improving the look of your smile. Healthy smile - teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, bridges, dental implants, Hollywood smile...
Over time, teeth can become stained or discolored with smoking, certain medications as well as certain foods and beverages. Using a chemical process, we can bleach your teeth. We can do an in-office procedure in one or more visits.
Your teeth can become stained again if you continue exposing them to the same substances that originally stained them. Because whitening products are not meant to clean teeth, it is still important to continue practicing daily oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash daily.
Bonding may improve how your teeth look if they have excess space between them, or if they are chipped, broken, stained, or cracked. We use bonding materials to fill small cavities or to protect the exposed root of a tooth. We can usually do this procedure in a single office visit by applying an etching solution followed by tooth-colored materials -- sometimes composite resins -- directly to the tooth's surface where needed.
Although bonding can last for several years, it is more likely than other types of restorations to chip or become stained or just wear down.
Veneers are thin, tooth shaped and tooth colored porcelain layers which can be used to cover or repair teeth. They are used to make teeth look natural and straight by improving the color, shape and position. They are most effective when teeth are discolored, broken, chipped or crooked. Each veneer is individually made for you to fit perfectly over the surface of your existing teeth. They perfectly match the color, appearance and translucence of your natural teeth, restoring and enhancing your appearance.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers, and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth. Dental crowns cover the tooth and restore its shape and size while strengthening and improving its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
A dental crown common use:
• To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
• To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
• To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
• To hold a dental bridge in place
• To cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
• To cover a dental implant
• To make a cosmetic modification
Crowns can be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic materials. Permanent crowns can have a long life if you take good care of them.
Bridges (fixed partial denture)
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. Bridges can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination. Dentists anchor them onto surrounding teeth after preparing them for crowns. Then a false tooth joins to the crowns and the bridge is cemented onto the prepared teeth. A fixed bridge can be only removed by a dentist.
Traditional bridges (made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics), cantilever bridges, Maryland bonded bridges (resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of porcelain.
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth root, lightweight, strong and biocompatible usually made from titanium, the most widely used material in implant dentistry. Dental implants are the new standard of care for tooth replacement.
Dental implants can restore your smile and provide function while maintaining your bone and facial structure. Restore and maintain your natural smile with individual dental implants, implant-supported fixed bridges, or implant-supported dentures. Read more