Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic frontal teeth contouring

How is Cosmetic Contouring Done?

With cosmetic contouring, the rough or uneven tooth edges are simply buffed and polished away with finely ground diamonds. It is a fast and economic way to augment your smile, and an excellent finishing touch to improve the shape of your teeth following other treatments including porcelain veneers and bonding. Candidates for cosmetic contouring are those with small chips or fractures in your teeth, minor crowding, and sharp or uneven tooth lengths.

Maintaining Your Contoured Teeth

Because the teeth are simply reshaped, there is virtually no special aftercare once cosmetic contouring is completed.

Cosmetic bondings

Composite Bonding is the application of composite resin material to the existing tooth. Bonding is used for filling cavities, masking discolored teeth, whitening, repairing fractures, and making cosmetic improvements to the natural tooth usually in one or two appointments.

How is Composite Resin Bonding Done?

Cosmetic tooth bonding uses of the composite resin to fix chipped, cracked, spaced, or uneven teeth. The resin is applied to the etched natural tooth to achieve the desired esthetic effect. Very little natural tooth reduction is necessary and usually no anesthesia is needed.

Am I a Candidate for Composite Resin Bonding?

Strong candidates for tooth bonding are those who have white or brown spots or staining due to excessive wear or silver fillings, are not heavy smokers or coffee drinkers, and those who want a less invasive, cost-effective option.

Maintaining Bonded Teeth

Bonded teeth last 5-8 years or longer and require professional finishing once every few years. Tips for maintaining your bonded teeth include using a nightguard, refrain from smoking, have your teeth cleaned three or four times a year, avoid chewing ice or biting fingernails, and minimize your consumption of stain-causing food and drink. Avoid chewing ice and biting your fingernails. A nightguard might be made to help protect your bondings from fracture, especially if you clench or grind your teeth.

Porcelain veneers

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the surface of a tooth to improve its aesthetics or to protect a damaged tooth.

How Are Porcelain Veneers Done?

Porcelain veneers generally require three major office visits. On the first visit, we are taking impressions and planning the shape of future teeth. On the 2nd visit, the enamel on the existing tooth may be reduced to help make room for the veneer. An impression of the reduced tooth is taken so that the porcelain veneer can be constructed in dental lab and we are fitting temporary composite veneers. On your 3rd visit, the remaining enamel surface of the tooth and inside portion of the constructed veneer are etched and coated with a resin cement, and the veneer is bonded to place on the tooth. Once placed, a high-intensity light is projected on the veneer to harden the bonding material that cements it in place. The resulting veneer looks like a natural tooth.

Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are considered the ideal choice for enhancing most smiles. Veneers can be used to correct an array of cosmetic issues such as worn teeth, discoloration, and chipped or uneven teeth. If you crave a gorgeous smile veneers might be right for you. Porcelain veneers can provide more proportional accuracy than bonding, and will not stain or chip as frequently as bonding.

Maintaining Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers should be treated like normal teeth with a few exceptions. Avoid ripping or tearing motions such as using your veneers as a tool for biting nails or opening plastic bags. Avoid biting down on nuts, ice, fingernails or other hard items, as this can damage dental veneers. Remember, veneers are attached to the front of your tooth, so any movement that causes the veneer to twist or pull away from your natural tooth is to be avoided. A nightguard is recommended to help protect your veneers from fracture, especially if you clench or grind your teeth.