Cosmetic Dental Services

What Are Cosmetic Dental Services?

Where general dentistry is focused on maintaining the health of the mouth, teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry is more focused on the overall appearance. A cosmetic dentist can make some repairs to the teeth like straightening, closing in spaces, or fixing chipped teeth, but the primary goal is the final appearance and the quality of the smile.

Some of the primary treatments used by cosmetic dentists include teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, crowns, contouring, bridges, implants and braces. The dental professionals will perform tasks designed to restore and maintain beautiful teeth and smiles.

Bridges/Crowns

What Is A Bridge?

A bridge is often used to replace missing teeth. They are created to span the gap over the area where teeth are missing. A bridge is attached to natural teeth or implants using a special cement. The teeth act sort of like an anchor and help hold the bridge stable and in place. A bridge can be matched to natural tooth color so they are not apparent. By bridging the gap, a normal bite is restored and oral health is maintained.

What Are Dental Bridges And What Do They Do?

If you are missing teeth, or even one tooth, the dentist might recommend the use of a dental bridge to close the gap. The problem with having gaps between teeth is that the teeth can start to shift into the empty spaces and cause a bad bite. This, in turn, can lead to developing gum disease or problems with the jaws due to the abnormal bite.

What is A Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to cover and restore its shape and size, strength and to improve its appearance.

What does dental crown do?

A crown may be needed to restore a broken tooth or a tooth has been severely worn down.  It also serves to hold a dental bridge in place and to cover a dental implant.

Inlays and Onlays

When you don’t quite need a crown and a filling is not necessary, dental inlays or onlays may be a valid option. They are typically used on teeth located in the back of the mouth. They can be used on teeth that have minor fractures, but teeth with more serious damage likely need a crown to fix them.

Types Of Onlays And Inlays

Inlays and onlays come in two varieties, porcelain or resin. Occasionally, they are made in gold too. However, most tend to prefer porcelain or resin since they tend to look more like the natural teeth. Inlays and onlays are also used frequently for covering over unsightly fillings.

How Do Inlays And Onlays Work?

These dental products are bonded onto the teeth, and placed around the cusps. Onlays can cover a single cusp, or they can cover several of them. Inlays are usually used more like a filling to fill in the areas between cusps. They protect this area since it is vulnerable to becoming damaged by chewing and it is prone to becoming fractured.

Benefits Of Inlays And Onlays

There are several reasons why inlays and onlays are a common treatment option. Their primary benefits include helping reduce tooth sensitivity. They are almost indiscernible and won’t change in response to changing temperatures. When getting inlays and onlays, more of the original tooth is saved than in traditional fillings. They can actually work to strengthen the teeth.

Gum Reduction

What Is Gum Reduction?

Some people have perfectly shaped, beautiful teeth. But a picture perfect smile can become unpleasant if the gums are too high on the teeth. If the gums cover large portions of the teeth, it can make the teeth look smaller than normal. It can just be because of genetic makeup, or health condition and sometimes it’s caused by some types of prescription drugs. Gum reduction is a surgical procedure that cuts the tissue back from the teeth and improving the person’s smile. This is a cosmetic procedure called contouring.

Is Gum Reduction Necessary?

Gum reduction is usually considered as a purely cosmetic procedure and it is not necessary for medical reasons. Most of the time, gums are shaped solely to help improve how their smile looks. But there are some gum reduction procedures that can be part of a treatment plan for periodontal diseases.

Teeth Whitening

What Are The Benefits Of Teeth Whitening

The enamel is what we call the outer layer of a tooth. Each tooth has its own unique color that is created by light reflecting off the enamel. This reflection joins with the dentin’s color to give each person’s teeth a unique color. The thickness of the enamel is affected by the genes. If the enamel is thin, the dentin’s color will show through more as it is just under the enamel.

Why Do We Need Teeth Whitening?

Throughout the day, the enamel gathers stains. This is due to the tiny spores on the top of the teeth. The spores tend to hold on to stains. There are some things that typically cause the teeth to stain or become yellow or discolored. Using tobacco will stain teeth and drinking dark liquids such as coffee, tea, sodas and red wine will also stain the teeth. Aging can also lead to teeth that are not necessarily stained, but are not as bright because the dentin starts getting darker and the enamel thins greatly.

How Dentist Make Teeth Whiter

Vital tooth whitening is one of the most common procedures. A gel will be applied to the surface of the tooth. This can be done at home in some cases or in the dentist’s office. A dental professional can assess your teeth to determine if you need to continue the treatment at home or if what they are doing in the office is going to get the results you want.

Dental Bonding

Benefits Of Dental Bonding

Bonding is considered a cosmetic procedure, but it is one of the most common. One reason it is used so often is that it is one of the easiest procedures and one of the least expensive. One advantage of bonding is that the resin is easily shaped and can be polished to match the teeth around it. It is typically used to help improve the looks of a chipped or discolored tooth. But in some instances, it is used to fill in the space between two teeth, to make them look longer, or to reshape or recolor them.

How Is Bonding Done?

It’s important to discuss your personal goals with your dentist so he knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish. They will then carefully choose a composite resin that is matched to the natural color of your teeth. After they match the color of the teeth, they will carefully roughen the surface of your teeth and coat it with a liquid to condition it. This helps the material stick to the teeth better. Once the tooth is ready the dentist applies the resin which has the consistency of putty. The resin is shaped and smoothed and then allowed to harden. The dentist will use an ultraviolet light device or a laser to help it dry faster. Once it has hardened, the dental professional will trim it a bit and shape it before polishing it. He will make sure the final touches make it look like the rest of the teeth.

Veneers

What Dental Problems Do Veneers Fix?

Veneers are sometimes called laminates. They are custom made, super thin shells designed to cover the surface of the teeth. Ultimately, they are to help improve a person’s appearance. The tooth colored shells are glued, or bonded to the front portion of a tooth. They may change the color, size, length or shape of the teeth.

What Are Veneers Made Out Of?

Veneers are usually made from either a resin composite, or porcelain. Porcelain is thought to be a little better since they do a better job of resisting stains. They also tend to look a little more like natural teeth than resin veneers. However, resin veneers are the thinner option. This makes it easier to put the veneer on a tooth’s surface, and not as much of the tooth has to be removed. A dental professional may discuss these two options with you and help you decide which one is best for you.

Why Do People Use Veneers?

There are several problems veneers are used to fix. They are used to cover teeth that are discolored or stained. Sometimes excessive use of fluoride can stain the teeth as can tetracycline. They can also become discolored after a root canal treatment. Veneers are also a good option for some types of damaged teeth like those that are worn down, chipped or broken. They may also be used if a tooth is misaligned, or oddly shaped, or if there is an unsightly gap that needs to be filled in.