The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to create a positive change in the patient’s teeth and smile. Enhancing your smile can dramatically improve the way that you see yourself, leading to enhanced feelings of confidence and self-esteem. Innovations in cosmetic dentistry range from the replacement of missing teeth to basic color correction and everything in between.
Getting veneers that are right for your teeth is one way to achieve a beautiful smile, and the procedure is ideal for those with teeth that are chipped, stained, or have gaps. Since veneers are irreversible, it is important to make the right decision before getting them.
A dental veneer is a thin piece of material that looks like a natural tooth. It offers a similar level of strength as natural tooth enamel. Veneers are formed to precisely fit the contours of your teeth and are bonded to them.
Porcelain is probably the most commonly used material in the formation of dental veneers. This type of cosmetic dentistry can correct problems with color or shape and last up to two decades. Porcelain veneers are also highly valued because they are resistant to staining.
If you have a tooth that needs restoration for size, shape, strength, or appearance, you may need a dental crown. Once a dental crown is cemented into place, it completely surrounds the visible part of your tooth above the gum line.
Among the many reasons that you may need this type of cosmetic dentistry procedure is for covering and supporting a tooth that has a large filling and not much tooth left. Dental crowns can also be used to fix a dental bridge into place or to camouflage seriously discolored teeth or ones that are misshapen.
Getting a dental crown involves an initial appointment where we may take x-rays to examine your tooth roots. If there is a risk of infection or the tooth has serious decay, a root canal treatment may be required before placement of your dental crown.
During your second visit, the temporary crown is removed and we check the color and fit of the permanent crown. We then use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and fit your new crown permanently into place.