What is cosmetic dentistry?
All dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums or smile is commonly called cosmetic dentistry. Adams Dental can help put you on the road to a beautiful smile with a smile makeover to improve the aesthetics of your teeth and mouth.
Looking for cosmetic dentistry specialists near you, call for an appointment at our Clearwater Florida office (727) 461-4832.
What are the types of cosmetic dental care?
Cosmetic dental procedures may involve the addition of material to add to the teeth or gums, the removal of tooth structure or gums, or other cosmetic improvements.
Dental cosmetic dentistry techniques that add dental structure
Bonding can often be completed in a single visit to the dentist and, as cosmetic dental work, can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth. The tooth is prepared for bonding by gently etching the surface and then applying a liquid, enamel-like composite material. When the liquid has set, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape. Once the resin is set, it is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural looking shape.
The plastic resin used in bonding is not as strong as natural tooth enamel, so it is subject to a greater likelihood of staining, chipping or breaking. But bonding normally has a life of three to five years before needing to be repaired. Learn more about dental bonding.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. Veneers are a very effective technique of cosmetic dentistry, and they have become very popular, because they are simple and versatile.
However, attaching custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place veneers routinely. We design each solution individually to enhance each patient’s unique smile.
Porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable when they have been bonded properly to your teeth. Their resemblance to natural, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for many years. They far surpass the longevity of dental bonding restorations. If you happen to have a tooth grinding habit, a protective mouthpiece for nighttime use is recommended to protect your beautiful veneers.
Dr. Michael Adams and Dr. Pamela Adams will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available. Learn more about dental veneers.
A dental crown is a tooth shaped cover, having the appearance of enamel, which is placed over a tooth and cemented there to improve its strength, appearance, size and shape. A crown is cemented to the top of the tooth to fully cover the portion of the tooth above the gum line. We consider the use of a crown when a tooth is weak due to decay, when it’s cracked, when it’s severely worn, when it’s structure is lacking, when it’s needed to secure a bridge, or when it’s needing cosmetic modification. Learn more about dental crowns.
Dental bridges, also referred to as pontics, are artificial teeth that are attached between two porcelain crowns to fill a gap where a tooth is missing. The adjacent crowns hold the bridge in place by being attached to the sides of the bridge. A fixed bridge may not be removed, in contrast with a removable partial denture. If only one adjacent crown is available, a cantilever bridge may be designed. Bridges may improve appearance, speech, and eating. Learn more about dental bridges.
Dental Inlays & Onlays
When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, Dr. Adams will often use an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay, but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Traditional fillings can lower the strength of a tooth by up to 50 percent. As an alternative, inlays and onlays, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. Learn more about dental inlays and dental onlays.
A gum graft is a surgical transplantation of tissue to increase the amount of gum surrounding the base of the teeth. A graft may be necessary to protect the teeth and roots from gum recession, where the tissue pulls back away from the teeth. Or, it may be needed to improve the appearance of your smile. A gum tissue graft is a common procedure used to add tissue from inside the mouth where it is abundant, to the area around teeth where it is needed.
Cosmetic dentistry techniques that remove tooth structure
Tooth Reshaping, Enamel Shaping or Enameloplasty
Enameloplasty is the reshaping of a tooth. The enamel surface is modified by partial removal or “shaving” of the surface for improved appearance or to prepare for further treatment with veneers, etc. Teeth that have been fractured, chipped, or worn may benefit from enameloplasty. Enameloplasty can restore tooth alignment, improving not only appearance, but proper bite for chewing. Learn more about tooth reshaping.
Gingivectomy is excision or removal of the gingiva or gums. When gum tissue is loose or diseased, surgery called a gingivectomy is used to remove or reshape gum tissue. This provides accessibility to the tooth and its root for cleaning and restoration of a favorable environment for gum healing.
Other cosmetic dentistry techniques
Teeth whitening can have a dramatic and immediate effect on the appearance of your smile. You may want to make stains disappear or to overcome discoloration of the enamel that might be caused by medication, tea, soft drinks, coffee, or cigarettes. Discoloration can also be caused by genetics or simply by aging. Many tooth whitening products are commercially available, but the most effective treatments are only available from your dentist. Dr. Michael Adams and Dr. Pamela Adams have teeth whitening procedures available and can recommend the one that’s best for your smile. Learn more about teeth whitening.
Gum depigmentation is a dental procedure to remove dark spots on gums caused by excessive melanin. This cosmetic problem may be remedied through either surgical, chemical or laser methods.
Straightening of Teeth: Invisalign
Invisalign Clear Braces are the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. Drs. Michael and Pamela Adams’ strive to provide comprehensive dental care. If the smile you desire can best be achieved through traditional orthodontics or clear braces, our office will be happy to coordinate your treatment with one of our orthodontic specialists. To discuss Invisalign in the Clearwater Florida area, please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable “aligners” to gradually straighten your teeth without having metal hardware in your mouth.
- Aligners are made using computer imaging technology. You wear a set of aligners for about two weeks
and then switch to a new set. As you use the aligners, your teeth move gradually to the desired position.
- Aligners are only removed to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
- You visit the orthodontic specialist every few weeks to make sure your treatment is going as planned.
- The total treatment time is 9-15 months, and you will use from 18-30 aligners.
For more information on Invisalign, you can visit Invisalign.com.
Cosmetic dental cost
Cosmetic dental costs vary widely depending on the type and complexity of the work performed. Dr. Pamela Adams and Dr. Michael Adams can develop alternative treatment plans for you so that you can determine the course of action that fits your budget.
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Looking for cosmetic dentistry experts near you? Call our Clearwater office for an appointment at (727) 461-4832.