Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Our Solutions Help You Smile with Confidence

Cosmetic dentistry is the specialty practice of dental medicine that focuses on enhancing the smile’s appearance. Patients who are dissatisfied with the way their smile looks don’t need to resign themselves to forever being self-conscious when they flash their pearly whites. These cosmetic interventions, which can be provided individually or in combination, can boost your self-confidence in a significant way. If you dislike some aspect of your smile’s appearance, we encourage you to call our office to schedule an initial consultation. Learn how cosmetic dentistry can benefit you!

Individual Cosmetic Interventions

Cosmetic dentistry can be employed to correct any number of defects in the patient’s smile, including teeth that are discolored, damaged or even missing. Here is an overview of a few of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments provided in our practice.

Professional Teeth Whitening

The most beautiful smiles are bright and white, but many of us are not blessed with teeth that naturally look this way. Aging can make our teeth appear dingy and yellow, and certain foods or beverages or even medications can leave behind stains on our teeth. Whitening treatments remove such discoloration by applying a bleaching agent to the teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the only structurally complete tooth replacement option available to patients. These small titanium cylinders are inserted into the patient’s jaw and can be used to support a single crown, a dental bridge or an entire denture.

Veneers

Veneers are handy devices that can be bonded atop your biological teeth to conceal any number of aesthetic flaws, including chips, stains or cracks.

CEREC-1 Day Crowns

Teeth that are extensively damaged may require the placement of a dental crown to restore their structural integrity and appearance. Rather than standard crowns, which take weeks to create, CEREC crowns can be crafted and placed in a single appointment.

Smile Makeovers

Some patients may get the results that they want from any one of those treatments described above, but others will need a more comprehensive approach to achieve their smile goals. This is where a smile makeover comes in. Treatments are provided in combination according to a personalized plan that may sequence multiple interventions in specific ways.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Questions

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a patient’s smile, and in the case of some interventions may also address structural issues with the teeth. The dentist combines art and science to help enhance a patient’s smile. We customize the treatment plan and use state-of-art materials to produce restorations that have a remarkably lifelike appearance and blend in with the rest of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry can improve a patient’s self-esteem significantly, as our smiles are among our most prominent and noticeable features.

What is a crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is used to restore a tooth affected by a large cavity or to protect a tooth that has been treated with a root canal. Crowns may be made of any number of materials, including ceramics or porcelain. The shade of the crown can be individualized to blend in with the appearance of your biological teeth. In the past, patients needed to wait for weeks for a dental lab to create their crowns before returning to the office to have them placed, but our practice offers CEREC crowns, which can be designed, crafted and placed in a matter of hours.

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a tooth-shaped shell that is bonded to the front surface of a biological tooth to hide defects such as stains, chips or cracks. Veneers can also be used to make an undersized tooth look proportionate to its neighbors or even as a “quick fix” to make slightly crooked teeth look straighter without orthodontic treatment. Veneers can be made of porcelain, ceramics or composite materials, all of which look quite similar to biological tooth enamel for a natural appearance.

I have sensitive teeth; can I still whiten my teeth?

Some patients report increased tooth sensitivity as a side effect of teeth whitening, so if you’re already prone to this issue, it’s understandable that you might have some concerns. This doesn’t rule out the possibility of teeth whitening, however. You should work closely with your dentist to minimize sensitivity. Precautions such as using toothpaste specially formulated for sensitive teeth may be recommended. Additionally, you may want to try to space out your touch-up treatments to reduce sensitivity.

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