Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work that improves the appearance (but not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums, and/or bite. Cosmetic dentistry may involve:

Whitening - the most common type of cosmetic dentistry. We offer both in-office and at-home options.  Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow-ish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. If you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth the whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. You may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding. We will evaluate what will work best for your particular tooth structure, and steer you in the right direction. 

White fillings – Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. White fillings closely mimic the appearance of natural tooth structure. They are bonded to the underlying tooth structure with resin adhesives. Please note that no dental filling lasts forever. Some studies show that composite fillings can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than amalgam (silver) fillings.  We also offer amalgam fillings – these have been deemed safe by the American Dental Association (ADA) and we agree with their stance. Visit this link for more information: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/fillings-silver-colored

Crown – a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a specially-prepared tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns can be made of several different types of materials, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, ceramic, and resin. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant. For children, sometimes a stainless steel crown is recommended when the child has decay beyond what can be fixed with a filling. It used to be that getting a crown took multiple appointments, but now with our E4D technology, we can make you a fantastic, high-quality crown in just one appointment. See this link for more information on E4D

Bridge – False teeth (known as “pontics”) are fused between two porcelain crowns to replace areas of missing teeth in the mouth. The crowns are fixed in place, attached to the side of anchoring teeth. The pontics can be made from gold, alloys, or porcelain. Bridges can restore your smile as well as your ability to properly chew and speak. There are three main types of dental bridges – traditional, cantilever, and Maryland bridges. We will discuss the options that will work best for your mouth. 

Bonding/Veneer – the addition of a dental material to teeth, can also be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. 

Enameloplasty – the reshaping of a tooth by removing a small amount of enamel.

Gingiovectomy – the removal of tooth structure or gums to improve the appearance of one’s smile.