When Cosmetic Dentistry is Best
Cosmetic dentistry works best when a patient communicates exactly what they want prior to any treatment and the dentist understands their desire and meets or exceeds it.
Cosmetic dentistry can be simple procedures such as bleaching or re-contouring/sculpting tooth shape. When the overall appearance of the teeth needs to be drastically altered then more involved procedures like veneers (like a press on nail) or crowns (caps) need to be placed over the existing teeth to “makeover” the smile.
Choosing a Treatment
We will work with you to determine what treatment will meet your desires. We always use a laboratory to create a model of what your teeth will look like after we are done, this way you have input into exactly how you will look.
A bridge is used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple teeth when there are sound teeth on either side of the space. It requires preparing the teeth on each side of the space for crowns. The space is then filled with fake/prosthetic teeth which are attached to the crowns.
Crowns resurface an entire tooth when the existing filling or decay in the tooth is extensive and structurally undermines the mechanical integrity of the tooth. Essentially it reinforces the tooth so as to prevent fracture and loss.