We provide a wide range of cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers and tooth-colored fillings. Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of enhancing a persons smile. It is also one of the fastest growing areas in dentistry. Cosmetic dental techniques have advanced dramatically over the last decade. With the improvement of material like porcelain, composite resin fillings have a more life-like appearance.
Cosmetic Dentistry encompasses a wide range of procedures, including whitening, veneers, tooth colored fillings, CEREC© restoration, crowns, bridges and implants, and Invisalign® orthodontics.
Let’s review what each is so you better understand the procedure and are aware what is available to you.
There are many methods of teeth whitening available, from bleaching strips you can buy at the drug store, to the in-office, full mouth bleaching done in some dental offices.
The most popular and highly successful method is “at-home bleaching.” After a custom fitted tray is made for you, you have the option of bleaching at home whenever it is convenient for you. Results are usually seen after the first application. Maximum results generally occur when the process is continued for 10-14 days. Touch-ups may be needed for one to two days, once or twice a year, depending on your usage of substances like coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco.
Unlike a crown, which covers the entire tooth, a veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. This ceramic or laminate veneer is a popular treatment option for several reasons. Veneers generally are placed on upper front teeth that are severely discolored, poorly shaped or slightly crooked. Veneers may be used to lighten front teeth that are naturally yellow or have a gray cast or line.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Advances in modern dental materials offer new ways to create more pleasing, natural looking smiles. These materials, such as ceramic and plastic compounds mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Many dentists, like myself, choose to use composite filling vs. the amalgam (silver) filling. Composite fillings are a mixture of acrylic resin and finely ground glasslike particles that produce a tooth colored restoration.
Composite filings provide good durability and resistance to fracture and usually require less tooth structure to be removed by the dentist. The end result, of course, is that you do not see the filling.