Cosmetic dentistry is a specialty field that improves your smile as well as fixes the overall appearance of your smile using a variety of restorative procedures. These include dental crowns, dental bridges, and cosmetic veneers.
Dental crowns are placed over a tooth and cover it completely. No part of the tooth is visible when a crown is placed. These are used to protect a weak or chipped tooth from further damage as well as strengthen it. Crowns can also cover a dental bridge or implant. Dental bridges are made by inserting an artificial tooth in place of a missing tooth. The term ‘bridge’ comes about because this tooth is joined to the two surrounding teeth on either side or to dental implants. If for any reason you lose a tooth, dental bridges will literally bridge the gap so that there are no visible gaps in your smile. The advantages of dental bridges are that the cosmetic dentist can link multiple teeth in the bridge so if you have many teeth missing that are all in a row, a dental bridge can be inserted in one simple procedure to replace the lost teeth.
Cosmetic veneers are made up of either composite or dental porcelain and are applied over the tooth. These are similar to dental crowns in that they help protect a weak tooth however veneers do not completely encapsulate the tooth as crowns do. Veneers are made of strong material and can usually last 10-30 years without cracking.
CEREC dentists use CEramic REConstruction to create veneers, crowns, onlays and inlays. This is a revolutionary technology that allows the cosmetic dentist to construct and apply the veneer within a single visit. After a camera takes a picture of your tooth, the dentist uses Computer Aided Design to construct a ceramic filling in a color and pattern that matches the surrounding teeth. Computer Aided Manufacturing then creates the ceramic filling right there in front of you and the cosmetic dentist can bond it to your tooth. The result is a natural looking product that blends in with the color of the adjacent tooth.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry, visit a cosmetic dentist in your area for a consultation and price quote.