Cosmetic dentistry

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves the application of a resin to a tooth and then bonding, or hardening, the resin using a special type of light source. Bonding is a relatively easy and inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure and is used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, change the shape of teeth, or be used in place of amalgam fillings.

Veneers

Veneers are thin shells that are applied to cover the front surfaces of teeth. They are custom made for the individual and bonded to the teeth to change their appearance. Veneers can be used to change the size, shape, color, or length of the teeth. Veneers are not as drastic a change as crowns, but the process is permanent and can’t be undone.

Teeth Whitening

A variety of professional treatments as well as over-the-counter products are available for tooth whitening. Whitening agents include gels, strips, and trays as well as procedures performed in a dentist’s office. It works best on teeth with

a yellow discoloration, but it is not appropriate for everyone. Whitening is best for people with healthy, unrestored

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teeth. Your dentist can determine whether whitening is a good option for you.

Composite Fillings

Natural, tooth-colored composite fillings are less obvious than older silver amalgam fillings. Sometimes fillings need to be replaced, and many people choose to replace their fillings with composites when it is necessary to replace older fillings. Composite fillings wear well in small cavities but tend to wear out sooner than silver fillings in large cavities.

Gum Grafts

Gum recession can expose tooth roots. The exposed teeth may appear overly long and may be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Gum recession also increases the risk of cavities on the tooth root, which may lead to bone and tooth loss. Gum recession can be treated with grafts of healthy gum tissue moved from one part of the mouth to another. This also improves the appearance of the gum line.