Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of enhancing or changing your smile for the purposes of health and beauty.
Many people who appear to have been born "lucky" enough to have brilliant smiles may have had some cosmetic dentistry. A smile you are proud of can increase your self-confidence and the way you feel about your appearance. Today's cosmetic dentistry procedures create natural, beautiful smiles that make you look and feel great.
At Clarington Family Dentistry, we can restore broken, chipped or badly-stained teeth to their original beauty. Bonding involves attaching an enamel-like material to a tooth surface and shaping it to the desired form. The composite resin we use can be coloured to match any tooth shade.
This cosmetic dentistry procedure begins with etching the surface of your teeth with a mild acid – a safe and comfortable procedure. An adhesive is then applied to the newly-textured tooth surface. Composite resin is applied to the adhesive in a putty form, and a strong bond forms. At this point, Clarington Family Dentistry will shape the resin to achieve the most attractive results for your face.
Bonding is often less expensive than porcelain veneers and may be completed in one office visit. The results last for several years. Maintenance of bonding includes good oral hygiene, along with regular professional cleanings.
Teeth whitening is the often-requested cosmetic dentistry service. When patients ask who should get teeth whitening, we say every adult who wants a brighter, fresher look. Teeth whitening is a great confidence booster --and it’s safe. No cosmetic procedure can give you better value.
Many people try to camouflage their teeth or simply accept that their smile isn't their best feature. Others have considered cosmetic dentistry but were concerned that the results would look fake or unnatural.
Porcelain veneers are a more durable, permanent solution to the cosmetic issues solved with bonding. Veneers are thin porcelain shells shaped exactly to your teeth and applied to the area needing improvement. The porcelain is tinted to match and enhance your smile.
On the first dental visit, a thin layer of enamel is removed from your tooth. An impression of your mouth is made to serve as a model for the dental lab. The lab sculpts extremely thin ceramic shells, which will be bonded to your teeth.
During the second visit, the dentist etches the surface of your teeth with a mild acid and applies a bonding agent to the newly-textured surface. The thin veneers are applied to the teeth and held fast by the bonding agent. Veneers are beautiful and last many years. Maintenance of your veneers includes good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings.
If you have damaged or missing teeth, Clarington Family Dentistry can help you restore them and preserve as much of your natural smile as possible. Crowns (“caps”) are recommended where a big filling or root canal treatment compromises the structure of the tooth, and tooth fracture becomes likely. Crowns protect teeth by covering them.
Bridges actually replace missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause problems, in the long run, as teeth adjacent to the missing teeth can shift and be damaged. Bridges consist of two or more crowns attached to each other to replace the missing teeth.
You’d be surprised how natural today’s fillings look. If you're unhappy with your current metal fillings, we can replace them with white fillings. No one will ever know you’ve had a filling!
With a variety of cosmetic dental procedures, we at Clarington Family Dentistry can improve your smile. Enjoy that sparkling smile; you look great when you feel good! Call us today and ask about our cosmetic procedures.