The last couple of years have been remarkable for cosmetic dentistry as it continues to advance on new and exciting materials and technologies. Despite the challenges, cosmetic dentistry will continue to offer rich rewards and benefits to its patients. Here at Southern Dental Associates, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures to cater to the many and unique needs of our patients. We want to make sure you get all the dental services you need right in just one office.
Cosmetic dentistry refers to the use of many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing. Your cosmetic dentist can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn or short teeth or alter the length of your teeth. Common procedures include bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers and reshaping and contouring.
To understand which procedure is right for you, the dentist will have to examine the condition of your teeth and he will also have to ask you of your desired result. In this part, you have to work closely with your dentist so that you can achieve your desired result.Once your dentist understands the end result that you want to achieve, he or she can explain to you the treatment options and plan a course of action. In deciding for the procedure your dentist will be performing on your teeth, he will ask you the following questions:
- What will the changes look like?
- What should I expect through the course of treatment?
- What type of maintenance will be required?
What procedures are involved in cosmetic dentistry?
- Veneers – Veneers are thin slices of porcelain. These are precisely made to fit over the visible surface of your front teeth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. They are an ideal way of treating discolored or unsightly teeth, closing gaps between front teeth, or repairing chips and cracks.
- White fillings – White fillings are now a popular alternative to amalgam fillings. It is made in such a way that it looks more natural and matches to the color of your tooth. It can also be used to cover unsightly marks on the teeth similar to veneers.
- Crowns – crowns are more natural looking than veneers. These are used to cover heavily damaged teeth. It can be made of a variety of different materials, such as porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold. You can talk to your dentist about the crown that you think is best for you.
- Bridges – A bridge is used to close a gap left by a missing teeth with the use of a metal unit made of three crowns formed from a porcelain. The bridge is then cemented to the teeth either side of the gap. These teeth are drilled down to attach the bridge either side of the gap.
The middle crown is solid to mimic a tooth, the other two are hollow in order to fit over the teeth. A color is chosen to blend in with existing teeth and the shade of the bridge.
- Teeth whitening – teeth whitening can be done either at home or at a dental clinic. This is a rather inexpensive way to brighten smile. There are many ways and methods to choose from.
- Composite Bonding – to improve the appearance and strength of a chipped teeth, a tooth-colored composite resin is attached to the teeth. This procedure may include very little preparation.
- Clear Orthodontic aligners – instead of metal braces, many teenagers and adults are opting for clear orthodontic aligners to straighten their teeth
- Cosmetic gum surgery –minor surgery can reshape gum tissue to give it a more leveled appearance.
- Tooth Contouring and reshaping – Cosmetic dentists can use a drill or laser to smooth out or reshape teeth.
- Porcelain bridgework – porcelain bridgework replaces missing tooth and is attached to the natural teeth on either side of the space
- Dental implants – an implant is used to replace the root portion of a missing tooth, and is usually made of titanium. To create a natural looking replacement for the entire tooth, the implant is fitted with a crown
- Inlays and onlays – inlays refers to the fillings applied to the inside of the tooth that are fabricated from porcelain or composite materials in a dental laboratory to more closely match the color of a tooth.