||A smile can be the most eye-catching
feature of your face.
Even a subtle change can make a big difference in the way
you look and feel.
New techniques like teeth whitening, bonding, enamel shaping, veneers,
and white fillings allow us to
create a beautiful smile with, at times, only minimal changes
to existing teeth.
is a very popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry.
It is a relatively easy and effective technique for
obtaining a dazzling, whiter smile, at home, in a
matter of days.
||Bonding is a procedure
where tooth-colored composite resin material is placed
to "fill in the blanks." One of the most
frequent uses of the bonding technique is to fill
in a gap between front teeth.
|Enamel Shaping (Contouring)
is the process of shaping natural teeth to improve
their appearance. Shaping can be used to correct minor
cases of crowded or overlapping teeth, smooth rough
edges, or make small adjustments to the shape of a
||Veneers are laboratory
fabricated, porcelain facings that are bonded to the
front surfaces of teeth to whiten teeth, close spaces,
straighten teeth, or repair chipped or worn teeth.
The veneers are only about 1 mm thick (the thickness
of a fingernail). That same thickness is "shaved"
off the natural tooth surface so when the veneer is
bonded to the tooth, the tooth doesn't feel or look
|Crowns are rarely
used for cosmetic correction any more, since the advent
of veneers, but in some cases a crown may be necessary
for a particular tooth. A tooth with a bad fracture
or a large filling that
is breaking down, or has decay around it, may be a
candidate for a crown instead of a veneer. This patient
has veneers on top, but one of the front teeth had
a large filling and had to be crowned.
replace silver or gold fillings
with a more natural looking tooth-colored material.
Since teeth are translucent, dark fillings cause
the whole tooth to appear darker when viewed from
the side. Replacing older dark fillings with white
fillings will keep your smile glowing!
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