Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth whitening can be one of the simplest and least expensive ways to improve your smile. Our office makes custom trays designed specifically for your mouth. Our powerful peroxide whitening solution applied with custom trays every other day for 2 - 4 weeks will lighten your smile to the brightest whitest shade possible. And, with custom trays, when teeth discolor again you can just reapply our peroxide solution until your teeth are back at their whitest.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain or resin that cover the front surface of the teeth. After removing about a half-millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, these thin shells are bonded (cemented) to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length.
In dental bonding, a tooth-colored, putty-like resin, is applied to the tooth and hardened with an ultraviolet light, bonding the material to the tooth. Your dentist then trims, shapes, and polishes it. Bonding can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth; it is also a good cosmetic alternative to, or replacement for, amalgam or silver fillings.
A dental crown fits over and replaces the entire decayed or damaged tooth above the gum line, restoring its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns keep a weak tooth from breaking; they can be used cosmetically to cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays, also called indirect fillings, are made from gold, porcelain, or composite materials and fill decayed or damaged teeth. Dental fillings are molded into place during an office visit; however, inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory or on our same-day cerec machine in office and bonded into place by your dentist. The filling is called an “inlay” when the material is bonded within the center of a tooth; it is called an “onlay” when the filling includes one or more points of the tooth or covers the biting surface. Inlays and onlays preserve as much healthy tooth as possible and are an alternative to crowns.