With the variety of techniques and choices in materials getting more innovative and state-of-the-art, knowing just what cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you can be downright overwhelming. Knowing what results to expect, understanding the level of invasiveness and recovery and the financial investment involved is enough to consider that the thought of another dental procedure is enough to leave one procrastinating needlessly. But you’re not alone. Your dentist and his entire staff at Sterling Dental Center is here to help guide and support you as you make what could be a very important decision regarding your oral health. In an effort to alleviate some of stress and to educate our patients, we’ve listed just a couple of differing cosmetic dentistry procedures that may be recommended by your dentist. Remember, that every patient, and their oral issues, vary greatly and only a consultation with your dentist in Sterling will determine just what procedure will work best long-term for you.
Often referred to as tooth caps or, more simply “a cap”, crowns help to restore the function and aesthetics of a broken or cracked tooth. Placed over the tooth itself, a crown is made entirely of tooth-colored composite materials meant to naturally resemble the rest of the existing teeth. Bridges are simply more than one crown or cap and are meant to replace an area of missing teeth in order to restore eating and speaking functions.
Less invasive and longer-lasting than traditional crowns or bridges, porcelain veneers have become an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure. The veneer itself is a paper thin layer of porcelain that disguises unattractive smiles. Veneers can be placed with just a small alteration made to natural teeth in order to ensure proper fit and bite. Only a small amount of enamel is removed during the procedure and the result should last for decades.
If less noticeable or serious cosmetic defects exist, dentists often choose bonding techniques rather than a full veneer. A resin material that is used on the surface of the tooth, bonding can be used to repair chips and cracks, to fill areas in between gapped teeth or to change the entire shape of a tooth. Bonding material is also used as an effective alternative to amalgam fillings.
If you believe that a crown, veneers, bonding or other cosmetic dentistry procedure can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of, please call to schedule your free, no obligation appointment at (703) 433-0234.