Patients who have a number of chips, cracks, stains, or gaps between teeth visible when they smile may consider porcelain veneers. These thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain fit over the fronts of teeth concealing any number of cosmetic flaws. The process is simple. Patients should plan on visiting our office two times to complete the treatment process. During the first visit, a small amount of surface enamel is removed from teeth to allow the veneer to lie flat within the natural smile line. Then, impressions are captured that will be used by a trusted dental lab to craft custom veneers. In the meantime, a temporary veneer is placed to protect teeth. Once the final veneer is returned to our office, patients return to exchange their temporary for the custom veneer.
All-ceramic, metal-free dental crowns, bridges, and other restorations blur the line between cosmetic and restorative dentistry services. While these treatments repair the form and function of damaged smiles, they also renew the appearance. Metal-free restorations are crafted from a single block of tooth-colored ceramic that is precisely crafted to repair teeth. Unlike other similar restorative materials such as porcelain bonded to metal that appear dark or discolored over time, all-ceramic crowns, bridges, and other restorations retain their natural looking color even after years of daily wear. Patients who experience sensitivity or allergies to metal also benefit from restoration using all-ceramic materials. Metal free restorations allow our team to effectively repair smiles with a durable, long lasting solution that looks as good as it feels.
In addition to being used to repair mild tooth decay and damage, tooth-colored composite resin can be used to conceal and correct purely cosmetic flaws including gaps in teeth, irregularly shaped dental structures, and stains that cannot be removed with teeth whitening. Composite resin is applied directly to the tooth in a putty-like state. It can be shaped to repair the damaged or flawed tooth. Then, a curing light is used to harden the resin into position. Once the resin is bonded to the tooth and hardened in place, the dentist carefully makes additional changes in shape and seals the direct bonding into position so it blends seamlessly into patients’ smiles. Direct bonding can be used to correct many of the same concerns that are treated with porcelain veneers, but bonding can be completed in a single visit.
This procedure is typically performed using a soft tissue laser. A small amount of gum tissue is removed to expose dental structure below the gum line. This is sometimes necessary prior to the placement of a dental crown or fixed bridge because the dental structure visible above the gum line is inadequate to support the restoration. We are not typically able to remove gum tissue around just one tooth as this would make the rest of the gum line appear uneven. Thus, we carefully reshape surrounding gum tissue so the smile looks flawless.