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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Bonding – Dental bonding is a technique that integrates a natural tooth to a dental restoration. The surfaces of both materials are treated to create an “active” surface that will interlock microscopically for greater strength and seal. The goal of dental bonding is to make the filling, porcelain or gold restoration assimilate with the tooth for a perfect seal. Imagine the restoration integrating with the tooth structure in every dimension to such a degree that the two materials become one. Dental bonding leads to the ultimate in strength and longevity for the dental restoration.
  • Veneers – A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect a damage to a tooth’s surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth. In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated.
  • Tooth Whitening and Bleaching – Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discolorations of enamel and dentin. The system uses a mild solution retained in a custom-fitted tray that is worn over your teeth. The most common reasons for tooth discoloration are aging, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, colas, & tobacco, to name a few), trauma, nerve degeneration, and old restorations. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
  • Tooth Colored Fillings – In recent years tooth filling materials have been substantially improved by many technological advancements. Although silver amalgam was the dominant choice years ago, today we have several other preferred options for tooth restoration including tooth colored composite filling materials and cementable resins and porcelains.