If you’re not happy with the smile you have, there are a variety of enhancements available to help. These options go beyond simple teeth whitening and orthodontics, and they aren’t just for people with severe dental problems. Cosmetic dentistry isn’t just veneers for all your teeth.
WHAT IS COSMETIC DENTISTRY?
Teeth Whitening/Bleaching: There are a variety of ways dentists can whiten teeth. Most use a hydrogen peroxide that is viscous and stays on the teeth for an extended time. This is often replicated, but with slower results, in take-home kits that you find while shopping. Patients may need to visit more than once depending on the amount of whitening they wish to achieve.
Bonding: When a tooth is chipped, or there are spaces in between teeth, bonding is often the answer. Using tooth colored material which is placed directly on the tooth itself, bonding can correct minor color variations, chips or breaks. Bonding is also a good choice for irregularly shaped teeth.
Crowns: Crowns go over the top of a tooth and all the way around in order to give it a full and natural shape. Often used as a last resort, crowns are a more involved process but have long lasting results. Crowns come in a variety of different materials with full porcelain being the most cosmetic option.
Veneers: Veneers usually only cover the front of the teeth. They are similar to half a crown as they don’t cover the back of the tooth. They are thin pieces of porcelain or composite that are placed on the front of the tooth in order to give the tooth a more aesthetic look.
Enamoplasty: As we use our teeth for chewing as we age, irregularities often develop and can make the front teeth look old and unattractive. Sometimes a simple 5 minute reduction of these irregularities can make a big difference. You will not require anesthesia as it is completely painless.