Cosmetic Dentistry is a broad term used to describe many types of procedures available to enhance the smile. The following are brief descriptions of the more common techniques utilized to give patients whiter, straighter-looking smiles:
The term bonding refers generally to the cover-up procedure, which involves the addition of tooth-colored resin to the front of the teeth.
Porcelain and Ceramic Veneers
Porcelain has long been used as a stronger restoration for cosmetic enhancement of the smile. Recently ceramic has been developed in much the same way. The procedure involves contouring the teeth at one appointment followed by a follow-up appointment to bond the porcelain to the teeth.
Crowns have been fabricated to handle cosmetic tooth concerns for many years. Crowns encompass the entire tooth and can make dramatic changes in tooth size, shape and perceived straightness. Ceramic crowns allow light to pass through and bounce around the tooth in a much more natural way. Additionally, it is possible to bond the crown to the tooth, thus enhancing it's strength.
Porcelain and Ceramic Inlays
Cosmetic restorations can now be found in the back of the mouth! Previously, white fillings did not have the longevity of most silver amalgam fillings. Today, bonding techniques and materials have improved to allow white inlay fillings to be placed with longer life spans.