Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures to correct or improve the appearance of teeth. Color, shape, and alignment of the teeth greatly contribute to the esthetics of teeth. Correcting any of these will lead to a new improved smile.
Tooth bleaching is a great option to make your teeth whiter and brighter and give you a youthful appearance. Bleaching can be used to improve the look of stained and discolored teeth or simply to enhance your smile. Tooth bleaching is a safe and predictable procedure ideal for most patients. Our office is happy to evaluate your smile and provide you with this popular and effective procedure.
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve an individual’s smile. Usually very minimal tooth preparation is required for this procedure.
Dental bonding can be considered to repair decayed teeth as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, to repair chipped or cracked teeth, to improve the appearance of discolored teeth, to close spaces between teeth, to change the shape and form of teeth.
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Veneers are a great way to correct gaps in your teeth or correct the appearance of stained badly shaped or crooked teeth. The veneers are placed onto the top the teeth after a minimal preparation. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are made on the mold that the cosmetic dentist creates from your teeth. Veneers are a great way to get a beautiful smile you always wanted via cosmetic dentistry.
Amalgam (silver) fillings remain the most widely used filling materials. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) “……dental amalgam is the most thoroughly researched and tested restorative material among all those in use. It is durable, easy to use, highly resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive in comparison to other materials. For those reasons, it remains a valued treatment option for dentists and their patients.” The ADA also describes dental amalgam as “….a stable alloy made by combining elemental mercury, silver, tin, copper and possibly other metallic elements. Although dental amalgam continues to be a safe, commonly used restorative material, some concern has been raised because of its mercury content. However, the mercury in amalgam combines with other metals to render it stable and safe for use in filling teeth.” Learn more about dental amalgam here.
Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quarts fillers in a resins material. They come in a wide variety of shades to best match your tooth color. They also require minimal tooth structure removal by the dentist for the preparation. Composite fillings are long lasting and durable if they are used in a small or mid size restorations.
There are other options for the restorations of damaged teeth. These will include the so called indirect restorations. These restorations will require several visits to the dental office. The dentist will prepare your tooth take a mold and the restoration is going to be fabricated based on that mold. These are custom made fillings and can be made from several different materials such as gold alloys, base metals, porcelain or processed resins. The cost of indirect restoration are generally higher due to the process and cost of the materials used.
For all of your cosmetic dentistry questions, contact Inspire Dental Group to speak with one of our specialist. You can also schedule an appointment at our Amherst or West Seneca – Orchard Park office.