Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more popular than ever before. Your smile is an asset. An attractive smile is important in both your professional and personal life. With modern technology and extensive experience, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest can transform your smile into something you will want to show off. We offer many of the most common cosmetic dental procedures that conceal and correct a wide range of smile imperfections.
Below are some of our most popular cosmetic dental procedures
Teeth Whitening –
Everyone wants a bright, white smile. Our teeth are susceptible to permanent discoloration from many sources. Coffee, tea, and wine are common culprits. Smoking and the aging process can dull your smile too.
We offer clinical strength teeth whitening systems that will remove permanent stains. Unlike over the counter whitening products that only address surface stains, our whitening systems produce fast, noticeable results.
Cosmetic Bonding –
This procedure is cheaper than many other cosmetic smile corrections. It is considered minimally invasive because less tooth enamel is removed with dental bonding. Composite bonding consists of using composite resin to conceal imperfections such as tooth chips, gaps, and jagged edges of teeth. The tooth colored resin used is matched to the natural color of your teeth and produces natural looking results. This procedure provides the look of a uniform smile.
Porcelain Veneers –
Many celebrities are reported to have benefited from dental veneers. This cosmetic method is great for providing a complete smile makeover. Veneers are custom made coverings that are permanently bonded to your teeth. They resemble your natural teeth and address many imperfections such as chips, gaps, and discolorations as well as jagged and misaligned teeth. Veneers create a uniform smile that lasts for years to come.
A crown is the most secure restoration. It is used when a tooth that is badly broken down, has extensive fillings, or has weak cusps. The tooth is shaped and prepared, and the crown surrounds and covers the entire tooth. There are several types of crowns from all ceramic, porcelain on metal, to all metal versions.
When are veneers the best choice?
Veneers are definitely one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. They are a great choice when the issues you want to address are relatively minor and aesthetic in nature. This cosmetic dental procedure is perfect for slightly crooked or stained teeth. In these cases, veneers can significantly improve the overall color and regularity in appearance of the teeth, delivering a much improved smile.
Except in some very specific circumstances, once a veneer has been applied to a tooth, it will always require covering going forward. You might need a replacement veneer, or the tooth could be further reduced allowing the placement of a crown. Veneers are just as permanent as a crown and shouldn’t be chosen on the basis that they are either temporary or reversible.
When are crowns the best choice?
Crowns are typically needed instead of a veneer when there are more fundamental issues with existing teeth. These situations include teeth that are badly broken or cracked, or where root canal treatment has been needed. The crown is used to keep a tooth intact and protect it from further damage that might lead to extraction. Once the crown is cemented firmly into place, it becomes the new outside surface for the tooth. The original tooth remains safely protected inside.
Crowns are a better cosmetic dental procedure than veneers when the edge of the tooth has been damaged by grinding. A veneer only covers the front of a tooth, not the edges. Therefore teeth that have been ground down usually require crowns to improve their appearance.
Crowns are effective solutions for damaged teeth and can deliver a significant change in both the color and shape of existing teeth. Once a crown has been placed, the tooth will always require some sort of covering.
Differences in insurance coverage for the the most popular cosmetic dental procedures
The cost of crowns and veneers is very similar. However, veneers are usually considered a purely aesthetic treatment and are therefore very unlikely to be covered under dental insurance. As crowns are typically used to treat both functional and aesthetic issues, they are more likely to be covered by dental insurance.
Learn more about the most popular cosmetic dental procedures are right for you
Are you seeking out a practice that can help you make the most of your smile? Do you feel a bit worried about selecting the right cosmetic dentist? There are many dentists that claim to be experts at doing the popular cosmetic dental procedures. If you want the best care, we suggest getting a couple second opinions. Ask to see examples of their work. All of the higher quality cosmetic dentists have before and after pictures.
Our goal is to fix your problems with dazzling, natural looking results that fit your appearance, and preferences. Learn a bit about what makes us unique in the way that we provide transformative smile care.
The first thing we would like to remind you of is the fact that we practice artistic dentistry for our smile care. This means that we don’t just apply the same treatment to every smile in hopes that it looks okay. Instead, we take a very detailed, creative, mindful approach. Our goal is to give you the best cosmetic dental treatment for you. We craft your restorative treatment to compliment your smile. The shade, size, dimensions, and tiny little nuances are matched to your grin.