Cosmetic dentistry will give you healthy, radiant teeth. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve confidence and make you want to share your smile.
With state-of-the-art materials, and tested, trusted dental techniques, cosmetic dentistry improves the appearance and enhances self-esteem. Composite fillings have replaced traditional silver-colored amalgams, while gold has given way to porcelain in the creation of bridges. Other techniques like teeth whitening and veneers can improve the color and/or shape of your natural smile.
Dental bonding is composed of a ceramic resin that is brushed onto the tooth and hardened with intense light. Prior to bonding application, the tooth surface must be prepared to accept the bonding. This is accomplished by roughening the tooth surface and applying a gel to micro-etch the surface. A primer agent is then applied so the bond will adhere properly. Dental bonding is used for:
- Repairing tooth decay damage
- Improving tooth alignment
- Filling gaps between teeth
- Cosmetic reasons (improve tooth appearance)
Additionally, dental bonding is cost-effective, looks natural, and improves tooth shape. Cosmetic dentistry bonding may require replacement due to wear and gradual discoloration over time. For this reason, some patients prefer more permanent solutions such as dental crowns, bridges, and porcelain veneers. All these options should be discussed with your dentist.
Dental veneers are custom-crafted porcelain laminates fitted by a dentist over the front of an existing tooth. They bond directly to the front of the tooth, dramatically enhancing its shape, color, and appearance. Porcelain veneers are:
- Virtually undetectable
- Very durable
- An effective way to improve smile appearance
Teeth whitening, as the name implies, is a process for making your smile brighter and more attractive. The many methods of teeth whitening vary widely in application time, effectiveness, cost, and the probability of tooth sensitivity.