Cosmetic Dentistry goes beyond adding
beauty to your teeth. It also includes restoring function, strength,
and health to the teeth and their supporting gum tissues. Some of
the most requested treatments are:
- Whitening - Treating the teeth with a special gel that
reacts with the enamel and results in a whiter coloration. There
are both in-office and at-home variations of this treatment.
- Cosmetic Contouring - This procedure
involves reshaping your teeth to reduce or eliminate minor defects
such as chips or uneven alignment.
- Bonding - The application of a tooth colored layer of
material, which is applied over the surface of the tooth in thin
layer applications. The layer is cured with a UV light that leaves
the surface ready for shaping and polishing. This technique is
often useful for improving the appearance of jagged or chipped
teeth and masking unwanted deep stains.
- Veneers - The application of a laboratory manufactured
color-matched layer of porcelein that is bonded to the visible
surface of existing teeth. Veneers are sometimes useful for correcting
large defects and are often used for closing spaces between teeth
and to repair teeth with large chipped surfaces. Veneers are also
a means of whitening teeth.
- Porcelain Crowns and Bridges - Porcelain Crowns are
restorations which are placed over your entire tooth and often
provide the best long-term solutions for severe problems. Teeth
which have had root canal treetment, severe fractures or large
fillings may require crowns. Porcelain bridges may be neccesary
in situations where one or several teeth are mising. Porcelain
teeth (pontics) replace the missing teeth and are connected to
two or more crowns.