Cosmetic dentistry is typically any procedure performed by a dentist which enhances the appearance of teeth. This may improve your smile, your bite or any other aesthetics including tooth color, shape and size. Sometimes this type of dentistry can even be used to improve the position of teeth. The evolving dental landscape has given way to many different procedures which offer positive changes in oral health producing a vividly white and healthy smile.
A dental crown is a type of restoration known as a dental cap, which completely covers a tooth. Crowns are typically made of metal, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. The placement usually determines the materials used. Most often, dental crowns placed on the most visible front teeth are made of porcelain which matches the color of neighboring teeth.
A dentist must prepare a tooth to receive a crown which is cemented into place. Dental crowns are used to repair severely damaged or decayed teeth which may already have a large filling and need reinforcement. They are also used to protect and repair teeth after a root canal procedure.
Dental bonding uses a tooth colored composite resin which is cured to harden with a special light. Bonding can be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, especially in the front of the mouth or the smile area. This is also a great tool to cover stains that do not respond to teeth whitening. Bonding is sometimes used to reshape a tooth because it can be sculpted to the desired contour.
Dental veneers are usually made of porcelain. They are wafer-thin, tooth colored shells which are fabricated in a dental laboratory and affixed to the front teeth with a special bonding agent. Veneers are used to correct a variety of dental issues including severe discoloration, chips, pitting and minor cracks. Minor spacing issues can also be successfully treated with veneers.
If you suffer from any of these issues, you may benefit from cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with our office today and let us restore your healthy, confident smile.