Cosmetic Dentistry and Your Smile
Your teeth are incredibly durable, able to withstand the test of time and everyday use. However, their durability does not save them from damage throughout the course of your life. Chips and stains are bound to happen, no matter how great your at-home oral care routine is. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry from your Englewood, NJ dentist can repair these imperfections to give you back your smile.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on using dental procedures to make your smile beautiful. These procedures are aimed at improving your smile’s appearance and, in some cases, its functionality as well. Whether your smile is compromised by decay, trauma or simple wear and tear, your cosmetic dentist has a procedure for you.
Professional Teeth Whitening: A surefire way to brighten and renew your smile, teeth whitening is a fast, effective procedure. Chemical reactions break up your teeth’s stains, giving them a whiter appearance. Most professional whitening sessions last about an hour, resulting in dramatic results.
Dental Veneers: Veneers cover the surface of your teeth to produce a whole new smile. Each veneer is custom-sculpted from porcelain by a dental laboratory technician. Veneers usually take two dental appointments to complete: one to prepare the teeth and one to place the veneers after the lab completes the permanent restorations.
Tooth Contouring & Reshaping: Contouring and reshaping makes subtle changes to the teeth to produce big results. In this procedure, your Englewood dentist shaves tiny bits of enamel from the bottom of the teeth to even them out. Many people with “pointy” incisors or one tooth which is longer than others benefit from contouring.
Crowns/Bridges: Dental crowns sit over the top of a tooth to protect and strengthen it. The restoration completely changes the appearance of a tooth, making crowns a good option for covering a misshapen or discolored natural tooth. Bridges replace a missing tooth using a row of porcelain restorations. A crown on either side of the bridge attaches it to the teeth surrounding the gap.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are a small, titanium post, called a fixture, which are surgically implanted into the jawbone to replace a tooth’s root. Implants are the most secure and permanent way to replace your missing teeth. A dental crown attached to the fixture takes the place of the missing tooth, providing a natural appearance and a functional replacement.
Braces: A rite of passage for teenagers everywhere, orthodontic treatment does more than just straighten the teeth. Braces also resolve bite issues like overbite, underbite and crossbite.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Mark H. Docktor at Dental Arts of Englewood in Englewood, NJ. Call (201) 894-9998 to schedule your appointment today!