What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums and/or smile.
Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide variety of treatment options for people seeking to enhance their smile including:
Tooth whitening or dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging or chemical damage to teeth. Bleaching may be done completely in the dental office or the dentist may dispense a system to use at home. These procedures are safe and take a relatively short time to give you brighter smile.
Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained or have spaces between them. The process involves the application of an enamel-like dental composite material to a tooth’s surface where it’s sculpted into shape, hardened and then polished. This procedure can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years.
Enamel shaping is a process of re-shaping your natural teeth by removing or contouring the enamel. This is an effective method to correct oversized, rough or uneven teeth. No anesthesia is necessary as this is a painless procedure that’s often combined with bonding. Enamel shaping gives teeth a more balanced appearance and an attractive smile.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are an option for treating spaces between teeth, chipped or permanently discolored teeth that don’t respond well to whitening procedures.
Inlays and Onlays:
Inlays and Onlays are used to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage where a traditional dental filling may not be adequate and when the damage is not severe enough to warrant a crown. Inlays and onlays typically consist of a solid substance such as gold or porcelain which is fitted to the tooth and cemented into place. An inlay goes in the center of the tooth and an onlay extends to the biting surface of the tooth. In preparing for inlays on onlays, the dentist preserves as much of the healthy tooth as possible.
Braces are the most efficient and accurate way of moving teeth that are overcrowded, crooked or protruding. Brackets are adhered to each tooth and may be made of metal, ceramic, plastic or a combination of these materials. Today invisible braces and invisible appliances such as Invisalign are often used instead of the more visible brackets, wires and elastics. Your dentist or orthodontist will determine which type is best for you.
If you’re considering a cosmetic dental procedure be sure to consult a dentist like Dr. Frank Romano who has the training and experience to produce the beautiful results you want.