Cosmetic Dentistry

Your smile communicates a lot of how you feel about yourself. Even a minor flaw in your smile can keep you from feeling your best about the way you look. In the past, we had few options to improve teeth that were chipped, stained, or crooked. Now a wide range of cosmetic dental techniques can benefit almost any smile.

Cosmetic dentistry is a blending of art and science. With a focus on esthetic results and using a variety of the latest restorative techniques and materials, we can enhance your smile to give it a more pleasing appearance.

Some of the conditions that my be helped by cosmetic dentistry are:

  • Diastemas (spaces between the teeth)
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Unsightly, stained, or washed out fillings
  • Cracked or leaking fillings
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked or poorly shaped teeth

To address these conditions, any or all of the following cosmetic techniques may be used.

Veneers

Veneers, usually fabricated from porcelain, are a thin, semi-translucent shell custom made to fit precisely over an existing tooth. They are like a contact lens for the teeth. They are permanently bonded, held in place by a special resin that adheres the back of the veneer to the front of the tooth. The finished result is extremely strong and durable. Veneers are not suitable for every case.

Composite Bonding

A composite resin filling may be used when only a small amount of tooth structure needs replacement. Composite bonding is one of the most conservative, versatile, and affordable ways to aesthetically restore a multitude of cosmetic problems. This procedure differs only slightly from a veneer. Small amounts of the tooth are abraded to allow a better bond to the existing tooth structure. The material itself is not as strong or color stable as the porcelain veneer, but it is less costly than the veneer.

Tooth Whitening

Due to a variety of causes, teeth tend to stain or turn more yellow over time. We can help you to get a whiter and brighter smile. There are many ways of whitening teeth with in-office procedures, take home procedures, and even over the counter products. We feel more comfortable and have better results with the take home products. The active ingredients of the whitening process are not bleaches, but peroxides the just bubble away the stains. This is a totally safe procedure and does not cause damage to the teeth.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Many dentists and patients today favor restorations done using tooth colored composites. The use of tooth-colored filling materials is not limited to new restorations. There are numerous reasons why older restorations may need replacing, and we can use these newer, more cosmetic materials at that time.

Porcelain Inlays or Onlays

Inlays and onlays are porcelain fillings that are made in the laboratory and bonded into place. They are stronger and more durable than standard fillings, but cost more as well.

Crowns and Bridges

A full crown is usually indicated when a tooth has had a root canal treatment, when a substantial amount of tooth has been lost, or when a tooth is cracked or broken. We place a crown on a tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling.

A bridge spans a space where on or more teeth have been lost in the dental arch. We replace the missing teeth with custom-designed replacement teeth, which are anchored by crowns on the adjacent teeth.