shutterstock_327685487A beautiful smile is one of the most sought after features in cosmetic medicine. People from all backgrounds and professions want a white, straight smile, and we can help make it a reality.

Whether through minor adjustments or major changes, cosmetic dentistry aims to help people feel good about the way their teeth look. There are many procedures that can improve your teeth and correct issues such as discoloration, chips, gaps, or irregularities. Common options include bonding, veneers, bleaching, reshaping, and crowns. In addition to cosmetic improvements, these procedures can help solve other oral problems as well.

These procedures vary in cost, complexity, and results. It is important to discuss your options with your dentist to determine the best procedure for you. The condition of your teeth is a major factor in finding a treatment, and the same technique that worked for someone else may not be the right one for you.

Gathering all the necessary information before a cosmetic procedure is critical to being happy with the results. In particular, you should find out what the changes will look like, what to expect during treatment, and what kind of upkeep is required afterwards. You should also ask to see before and after pictures to ensure your expectations are realistic.

In the past decade, there has been a dramatic interest in cosmetic dentistry. We all realize that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to smile with confidence. Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments.

Cosmetic dental treatments can:

  • Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth.
  • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth.
  • Improve or correct bites.
  • Lighten or brighten the color of teeth.
  • Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth.
  • Replace missing teeth.
  • Replace old, unattractive dental treatments.

Remember, your smile speaks before you even say a word!

If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, contact us today to discuss your options.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Zirconia / All Porcelain Crowns

A crown is a general term for a dental restoration that completely covers or surrounds a tooth or dental implant and it is typically placed on a tooth using dental cement. Crowns can be made out of numerous materials, which are usually fabricated using out-of-mouth method. Crowns are frequently used to protect weakened tooth structure or improve appearance of teeth. Crowns can be made out of all gold material, or other metals, or porcelain fused to metal, or an all porcelain (metal free) material

Zirconia crown is an all porcelain crown that have quickly become the preferred material for dental crowns. Unlike traditional Porcelain crowns, where the porcelain is fused onto a metal substructure, there is no metal in a Zirconia crown.

Because it is free of metal, Zirconia crowns won’t corrode. Also, the objectionable black line that you can sometimes see at the gum line on a porcelain fused metal crown, won’t occur with Zirconia crowns because of its all ceramic material.

There is some opacity to the Zirconia material such that it may not be best choice for every case. But because it can blend in with teeth better than other materials, and because it is a very strong biocompatible substance that can withstand the wear and tear of mastication and the oral environment, it is our preferred choice.

For highly visible esthetic areas, or where patients feel a need for high esthetics, we utilize materials known as E-Max or Empress Crowns. These materials are more translucent, and can blend in with the adjacent teeth.