Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental options aimed at improving the appearance of a patient’s teeth, bite, and gums. Its primary focus is to enhance the color, shape, position, alignment, size and overall appearance of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry might involve teeth whitening, adding dental materials to your teeth (for example cosmetic fillings and porcelain veneers and laminates), bridges and crowns, dental implants, and bonding.
Teeth whitening is the most frequently requested cosmetic dental procedure. Teeth are stained by using tobacco, aging, or by drinking dark-colored liquids such as cola, coffee, tea, or red wine. Although over-the-counter products are available, the most recommended method to lighten discolored teeth is a dentist-supervised treatment. At Welleby Family Dental, we’ll first photograph your teeth and then give them a complete cleaning and polishing. The next step is to apply a special whitening agent over the surface of the teeth. The whitening agent will remain on your teeth for several minutes before being gently washed away with water. Most patients will see several shades of lightening per visit. They might also be sent home with an additional whitening kit for subsequent use.
Laminates and Veneers
Dental laminates and veneers are a very popular method of improving the appearance of your teeth and smile. Thin resin or porcelain shells are bonded to your teeth’s surface to reshape irregular, broken, or misshapen teeth. Veneers are also utilized to lighten discolored teeth that did not respond to other more traditional whitening treatments. It usually takes two appointments to place the laminates, a small amount of time expended for such a beautiful transition.
Onlays and Inlays
Onlays and inlays are more extensive dental restorations than fillings, but less extensive than crowns and caps. These restorations are typically made of resin, porcelain, or gold, depending on the aesthetic goals of the patient. An onlay covers at least one tooth cusp while an inlay is fitted into a tooth’s center. They bond to the damaged tooth surface and are color-matched to a patient’s surrounding teeth.
Dental implants are long-lasting root devices (surgical grade replacements for your missing teeth) that are used to support your permanent tooth prosthetics. These substitute roots become fused to the jaw in the bone underneath the gums. The part that is inserted into your jawbone is usually constructed of titanium. Patients will have a crown mounted on top of the implant for a completely natural and long-lasting smile.
Dental bridges are several false teeth which fill areas in your mouth left by missing teeth. Bridges are interfused between two porcelain crowns. These bridge are fixed into your mouth and have an average lifespan of 10 years.
Whether you are looking for teeth whitening, veneers and laminates, inlays and onlays, dental implants, or dental bridges, contact Dr. Zaileen Juma of Welleby Family Dental in Sunrise, FL. Dr. Juma is a well-known Sunrise dentist that will be happy to discuss the many options available to you.