Cosmetic Dentistry is the process of making you feel great about your smile. We call cosmetics the psychological aspect of dental health because it directly affects personal confidence and self esteem. If you feel good about the way you look you are significantly more effective in interpersonal and social interactions. A great smile is one of the most important aspects of personal appearance and can dramatically improve the quality of your life.
Whitening / Bleaching
Tooth whitening or bleaching is the process by which your natural tooth structure is made whiter or lighter. There are two basic methods; take home whitening which utilizes a lower concentration peroxide agent to whiten at home over a couple of weeks and in office whitening which utilizes a much stronger solution in the dental office and accomplishes the process in just over an hour. Both techniques are equally effective the big difference is the amount of time required to achieve the results you want.
Invisalign clear braces
Invisalign clear braces utilize clear plastic trays to reposition teeth to a more ideal location. This can be done to eliminate crowding, close spaces, correct problems with angulations and help idealize your bite. Invisalign can accomplish this without the wires or metal brackets used in traditional orthodontics.
Tooth Recontouring / Enameloplasty
Sometimes a beautiful smile is as simple as reshaping the edges of your front teeth. Chipping or wear from parafunction or grinding your teeth can create an irregular smile line. Carefully reshaping the edges can dramatically improve cosmetics. Sometimes recontouring is done in conjunction with Invisalign or dental bonding.
Dental bonding involves reshaping teeth with white filling material. This is done to close gaps or idealize the shape or contour of teeth, or to replace portions of the tooth that have been lost to wear, chipping, or decay.
Veneers replace damaged or discolored enamel on front teeth and are similar to cosmetic crowns. They can be done for cosmetic reasons if for example the teeth are too small and need to be larger to fill available spaces or are discolored or pitted or the alignment or shape of the teeth need to be corrected. Veneers are made of porcelain and are bonded or fused permanently to the teeth.
Crowns are similar to veneers in that they are like new enamel for the teeth. Unlike veneers crowns cover the entire tooth not just the front and are therefore the option of choice when the entire tooth needs to be reshaped. Cosmetic crowns are made entirely of porcelain and mimic natural tooth structure in such a way as to be completely undetectable. Often the edges of the crown are placed slightly below the gum resulting in an invisible natural look.
In cosmetic dentistry, the gum tissue acts like the frame around a picture; when the gums are properly contoured the overall cosmetic appearance of your smile is significantly improved. Sometimes the gum tissue covers too much of the tooth and needs to be trimmed to proper contour. Other situations include recession where the roots of the teeth are exposed and need to be recovered or the gums are unevenly or irregularly positioned around teeth and need to be corrected. When the gum tissue is properly shaped and positioned the appearance of your smile can be dramatically improved.