Thanks to advances in technology, techniques, and restoration materials, cosmetic dentistry has never been more popular. We here at Dr. Julie Phillips Prosthodontics specialize in a number of different cosmetic treatments designed to improve the esthetics of your smile. From minor modifications to drastic changes, our cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the smile of your dreams!
A ceramic veneer is a razor-thin shell, typically made of porcelain that we bond to the front surface of a tooth. Due to their fragile nature, veneers are reserved for visually-unappealing teeth in the anterior (front) area of your mouth. Posterior teeth, like molars and premolars, usually require the placement of a dental crown to make a cosmetic change.
Most veneers require minor preparation before placement. We typically need to remove a small portion of the enamel from the front of the tooth to accommodate the thickness of a veneer. For this reason, most veneers are also considered irreversible.
A dental, or cosmetic bonding, can be implemented to fix a chip, crack, discoloration, or otherwise abnormal tooth. Bonding is made from a putty-like substance known as composite resin, which can be shaped and shaded to match your existing enamel. As the name suggests, the composite is “bonded” to the tooth during a minor procedure.
Bonding is a popular option among patients because it is one of the easiest, quickest, and most cost-effective ways to improve esthetics. However, patients looking for a more permanent option may want to consider ceramic veneers or inlays & onlays.
When faced with a minor to moderate amount of tooth decay, most people receive a conventional filling, whether it be made of silver amalgam or composite resin. A large cavity usually requires the placement of a full-coverage dental crown. If a tooth is too damaged for a conventional filling, but not decayed enough to warrant the use of a crown, Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS may recommend an inlay or onlay.
Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are generally considered a conservative alternative to traditional crowns. An indirect filling is considered an inlay if the restoration is bonded to the tooth within the cusps or edges of the occlusal (biting) surface. An indirect filling is considered an onlay if it extends beyond the cusps to the sides of the tooth.
Teeth whitening is one of our most popular cosmetic procedures. It is often a selling point for many store-bought products, from toothpaste to whitening strips to mouth rinses. Unfortunately, none of these products are as effective as a professional whitening treatment.
During our professional whitening treatment, we use a high-concentration bleaching solution, usually hydrogen peroxide, to produce the best possible results. We may also utilize ultraviolet light to expedite the process and increase the effects of the bleach. By the end of your appointment, your teeth could be up to eight shades whiter!
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