is a very popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry.
It is a relatively easy and effective technique
for obtaining a dazzling, whiter smile.
Brochure (Acrobat PDF document)
a procedure where tooth-colored composite resin
material is placed to "fill in the blanks."
One of the most frequent uses of the bonding technique
is to fill in a gap between front teeth.
||Enamel Shaping (Contouring)
is the process of shaping natural teeth to improve
their appearance. Shaping can be used to correct
minor cases of crowded or overlapping teeth, smooth
rough edges, or make small adjustments to the
shape of a tooth.
laboratory fabricated, porcelain facings that
are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to
whiten teeth, close spaces, straighten teeth,
or repair chipped or worn teeth. The veneers
are only about 1 mm thick (the thickness of
a fingernail). That same thickness is "shaved"
off the natural tooth surface so when the veneer
is bonded to the tooth, the tooth doesn't feel
or look "thicker".
Veneers Brochure (Acrobat PDF document)
are rarely used for cosmetic correction any more,
since the advent of veneers, but in some cases
a crown may be necessary for a particular tooth.
A tooth with a bad fracture
or a large filling
that is breaking down, or has decay around it,
may be a candidate for a crown instead of a veneer.
This patient has veneers on top, but one of the
front teeth had a large filling and had to be
replace silver or gold fillings with a more natural
looking tooth-colored material. Since teeth are
translucent, dark fillings cause the whole tooth
to appear darker when viewed from the side. Replacing
older dark fillings with white fillings will keep
your smile glowing!
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