Cosmetic dentistry aims to improve the appearance of the teeth or gums. Examples of cosmetic dentistry services include veneers, tooth whitening, and crowns. If you want to improve your smile in some way, we encourage you to learn more about how cosmetic dentistry can benefit you. Our team of professionals can work on patients with a variety of conditions that range from straightforward to complex.
Tooth whitening can involve a number of different procedures. The most common involves the use of hydrogen peroxide gels and other whitening agents. The dental professional may pour the gel into a tray that is then placed over the patient’s teeth, or they may paint the gel on the teeth with an applicator.
In laser tooth whitening, the dental professional applies a hydrogen peroxide gel to the patient’s teeth and aims an intense light at the patient’s teeth to activate and/or stimulate the gel. The patient may need a series of sessions to get the best results.
Cosmetic dentistry services also include fillings. Dentists have used “amalgam,” a silver-grey material to fill teeth for 150 years. New materials have been developed that match the color of the patient’s teeth to such an extent that it can be impossible to tell the patient has a filling. Dentists can use the same white materials to cover discolorations or marks in a way similar to veneers.
Veneers can be used to cover up stains, strengthen cracked teeth, or make crooked teeth appear straighter. They are usually made of porcelain. In the past, dentists needed to remove part of the tooth before attaching the veneer to it. Dentists can now use ultrathin veneers that can be applied to the tooth as it is, depending on the situation.
Crowns are used to strengthen badly damaged teeth that have lost parts due to decay or fractures. Crowns can be made completely of porcelain, or they can be metal with a porcelain coating. Since crowns need to be custom-made, our dentist will make temporary crowns while waiting for the permanent crowns.