Cosmetic Dentistry

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About Cosmetic Dentistry

While traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing, and treating oral disease, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s teeth, mouth, and smile.

You can beautify your smile and appearance with cosmetic dentistry which also has restorative benefits. For example, dental fillings are a common procedure used to treat decayed teeth. Previously, most dental fillings were composed primarily of gold, amalgam, and other materials that left visible dark spots on the teeth. Today, dental fillings may fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because you can select fillings made of porcelain or composite materials that closely match the color of your teeth, thus maintaining the natural appearance of your teeth and smile. Many people have their older fillings replaced with newer, tooth-colored fillings to enhance their oral appearance.

Cosmetic Dentistry Trends

smile makeover improves the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic dental procedures, such as dental veneers, dental implants, and teeth whitening.

Full mouth reconstruction may include treatment for functional problems with the bite, muscles, teeth, and bone structure as well as the use of additional cosmetic procedures. Full mouth reconstruction involves advanced restorative treatment designed to address severe wear of the teeth, pain, and other problems. Full mouth reconstruction can involve several dentists who focus on their specific areas of expertise to obtain the best outcome.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry procedures currently in use include:

Dental Fillings – As noted above, this traditional procedure can also be included in the category of cosmetic dentistry when porcelain and composite resin materials are used to provide a tooth-like appearance.

Bonding – The repair of chipped or broken teeth may be done via a procedure called bonding. A dental composite material with the look of enamel is applied to the surface of a tooth, where it is then sculpted into shape, contoured, and polished, making the crack or chip invisible.

Teeth Whitening – Teeth whitening is perhaps one of the most commonly recommended cosmetic dental procedures. Teeth are often stained from smoking, food, drink (coffee, tea, or red wine), or poor oral hygiene. Bleaching the teeth can enhance the appearance of your smile.

Dental Veneers – Composite Resin or porcelain laminates bonded to the surface of a tooth to replace chips, cracks, worn appearances, or severe tooth discoloration. Veneers may also be recommended to close gaps between your teeth. This procedure can be done in a single visit at Stoneybrook Dental with our Cerec same-day laboratory systems.

Dental Implants -A dental implant is a titanium post (an artificial root) placed in the jawbone to function as a tooth root. Dental implants are the foundational part of a tooth replacement.

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Smile Makeovers & Veneers




About Veneers

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a bonded thin translucent shell custom designed to fit over your existing tooth structure. They are extremely strong and durable and resist stains and maintain a natural looking beauty for a long duration.

Porcelain veneers offer a cosmetic solution for many conditions:

  • restoring broken or chipped teeth
  • closing spaces and gaps
  • covering stained and unsightly fillings
  • whitening discolored and permanently stained teeth
  • uneven and crooked teeth

Porcelain veneers are often less expensive than alternative procedures and provide a natural looking smile without discomfort.

Because veneers are stronger than simple bonding they have an attractive longevity and are more resistant to stains and chipping. As always though, it is important to maintain regular oral hygiene, avoid bad habits that might damage teeth and maintain your regular routine visits for cleaning and exams.

Wendi Wardlaw, Orlando, dentist
Wendi Wardlaw, Orlando, dentist

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