Cosmetic dentistry is dental treatment aimed to create a positive change to the appearance of your teeth and your overall smile. Cosmetic dentistry is more than just tooth whitening and veneers; a cosmetic dentist provides much more. A knowledgeable, experienced cosmetic dentist can improve the appearance of your smile, which in turn will increase your self-esteem and confidence.
WHAT A COSMETIC DENTIST DOES
Cosmetic dentistry has changed drastically through the years, from tooth restoration and replacing damaged teeth to covering a wide scope of aesthetic treatments and procedures. Cosmetic dentistry includes tooth whitening, veneers and bonding, tooth restorations and fillings, dental implants, gum lifts, and more.
Teeth Whitening – Also called “teeth bleaching” whitens your teeth from discoloration and/or staining giving you a beautiful smile. This treatment can be done in the convenience of your own home or in the dental office. It’s important to consult your dentist before undergoing tooth whitening since not everyone is a good candidate.
Shaping – Enamel shaping is the process where the dentist reshapes the tooth by filing or removing some of the tooth’s enamel. Bonding – Bonding is the process in which the dentist will adhere tooth-colored materials to the tooth. This can be used to repair a broken or chipped tooth or simply to improve the appearance of a tooth.
For more information on veneers, crowns and other cosmetic dentistry, please contact us. Whatever your age, it’s never too late for a beautiful smile.
Your teeth will darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene. Restoring your natural white smile is a priority for our dental teeth whitening team. We can provide a variety of options for whitening your smile.
Teeth whitening services are growing in popularity, and it’s one of the most requested services offered by our practice here inSandBay Dental. Everyone sees the growing consumer market focused on whiter teeth. The reality is that over-the-counter, “too good to be true” solutions typically don’t work.
We are trained professionals using industry-approved methods. Our goal is to meet the needs of every patient, and every patient’s needs are different. One of the methods used by our practice is a gentle hydrogen-peroxide gel-activated solution. Our process will whiten your entire smile in one visit. Call us today for a whitening evaluation. Nothing improves your appearance more than a bright, white smile!
Dental Veneers are thin, semi-translucent “shells” typically attached to your front teeth. Veneers are customized from porcelain material that is bonded to your teeth. Veneers are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile.
Common problems that veneers are used for:
• Spaces between the teeth
• Broken or chipped teeth
• Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
• Permanently stained or discolored teeth
• Crooked or misshapen teeth
Veneers are a great aesthetic solution to your smile that may even help you avoid orthodontic treatment. Subtle changes to your smile can be achieved with veneers, and in most cases, veneer application is completed in only two office visits. Please contact our office if you have any further questions on veneers.
Bonding is a common solution for:
• Fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth
• Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
• Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface
• Often, composite bonding is used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite material, either a plastic or resin, is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.
Composite bonding has many advantages:
• It is a quick process, which typically lasts less than one hour.
• It does not reduce the tooth’s original structure and is relatively inexpensive.
• Composite resins come in many different shades and provide better matching of shades to the natural color of your teeth.
• Composite bonds, however, are not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future.
• Composite bonds stain more easily and therefore require proper care and regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composites should be brushed and flossed daily. Common staining elements include coffee, tea, tobacco, foods and candy.