The last 20 years have seen a dramatic increase in the practice of cosmetic dentistry. Possessing a bright, beautiful smile drives our appearance and makes us smile confidently. The advances in cosmetic dentistry allow modern dentists to improve patients’ smiles quickly, painlessly, and affordably.
Cosmetic dentistry makes it possible to:
- Change the shape or length of teeth
- Fill gaps between teeth
- Improve bad bites
- Whiten teeth and remove stains
- Repair tooth cracks, chips, or breaks
- Replace missing teeth
- Replace dated, visible dental restorations like metal fillings
Depending on your needs, there are different types of filling materials that may be appropriate. No matter your case, we hope to offer all our patients composite fillings. These tooth-colored fillings can be matched exactly to the shade of your surrounding teeth, and will blend into your smile. Composite fillings are ultra durable and will last decades, creating a long-lasting and aesthetically ideal way to fill cavities.
Composite fillings are placed through a process known as dental bonding; fillings or bonding may be used to:
- Repair chipped teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Strengthen cracked or broken teeth
- Repair decayed teeth
- Rebuild worn teeth
A dental crown (commonly referred to as a tooth cap) surrounds a damaged tooth’s remaining surface, restoring it to its proper shape and size. Crowns not only improve dental aesthetics, but also protect and fortify teeth that have experienced decay or trauma. Porcelain crowns are fabricated from a material that is preferable in appearance and strength. Porcelain closely matches the look of natural enamel, and porcelain restorations become a true part of your smile.
Crowns are versatile restorations that may be used for single damaged teeth, to strengthen teeth after root canals, or alongside dental implants to completely restore individual teeth.
Dental veneers are thin, V-shaped pieces of porcelain that slip over your teeth to create a new, enamel-like layer. Veneers seem like they would be delicate, but they’re actually quite mighty for their thinness. Once we have bonded veneers to your teeth, they will remain with you for many years as a functional part of your bite.
For an in-depth discussion of porcelain veneers, visit our Porcelain Veneers Page.
Tooth whitening doesn’t need a lengthy introduction – it’s been a common practice in dental offices and at home for many years. But whitening’s popularity should speak to its efficacy. Whitening is a simple but noticeable way to enhance your smile. Non-invasive and comfortable, whitening brightens your natural enamel by bleaching the surface. There are a few ways to whiten:
- In-office teeth whitening, which will produce the most intense results in the shortest amount of time.
- At-home teeth whitening, which will be done with the aid of custom-fitted trays and professional bleaching gel provided by your dentist.
- Whitening with over the counter products, which is the most gradual way to whiten.
Teeth whitening only works on natural enamel, and thus cannot be used on a smile with visible fillings, crowns, or veneers because the smile will whiten unevenly. If you’d like your restorations to be brighter, we would be happy to help you replace them.
Life is short. Don’t spend yours with a smile that doesn’t satisfy! Get in touch with our office to discuss changes you’d like to make to your teeth.
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