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Modern dentistry makes it easier than ever to fix an imperfect smile. Our cosmetic dentist in Fishkill, NY can fix chipped teeth, whiten teeth, and improve the overall look of your smile.
Some types of cosmetic dental services are similar to restorative dental services. The difference is that restorative dental services focus on restoring the functionality of the tooth. Cosmetic dental services are equally concerned with the appearance of the tooth.
Here is a look at some of the most common types of cosmetic dental services:
Teeth whitening is a relatively inexpensive way to immediately improve your smile. There are many products and methods that can remove years of stains and discoloration from teeth.
Veneers are hard, thin shells of tooth-colored material that attach to the front of a tooth to mask any imperfections; they basically replace the tooth enamel. Veneers are frequently used with chipped teeth, cracked teeth, or stained teeth. They are hard and durable, so you can eat normally. The cosmetic dentist will ensure the veneer matches your natural tooth shade and translucency, so people won’t even know you have one. Best of all, porcelain veneers do not stain the way teeth do, and can last between seven and 20 years.
Composite bonding is an excellent way to fix chipped teeth. Our cosmetic dentist in Fishkill uses a resin composite material to bond to the healthy tooth structure and replace the missing tooth structure. Composite resins can be made in a wide range of tooth colors and translucency so it can match the rest of the tooth. Not only does a bonded restoration look good, it also can improve the strength of the chipped tooth.
Our cosmetic dentist in Fishkill uses tooth-colored fillings instead of metal fillings. These white, resin composite fillings can be matched to the exact shade of the tooth. They don’t contain any metal so they’ll never corrode. Best of all, the dentist does not need to drill as much of the healthy tooth in order to place the tooth-colored filling.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are frequently used when too much of the tooth structure has been damaged by a cavity for a filling to repair it, but the damage is not severe enough to warrant a crown. Inlays are “inlayed” in the biting surface of the tooth, while an onlay “lays on” the biting surface and one or more of the missing peaks of the tooth, which are called cusps. Both are natural-looking and can be matched to the exact color of your tooth.
A porcelain crown is an all-ceramic crown that caps a tooth that has been damaged by dental decay or trauma. There is no metal in it, so you don’t have to worry about corroding, staining, or discoloration along the gum line. Also, they are bio-compatible, so people don’t have allergic reactions to all-porcelain crowns like they might to crowns that contain metal. Porcelain crowns are strong; they can withstand the pressure caused by biting and chewing. Plus, porcelain crowns are aesthetic; they are translucent, like a natural tooth, and the color is matched to your other teeth.
Our cosmetic dentist in Fishkill can replace a missing tooth or teeth with an aesthetically-pleasing porcelain bridge, which contains porcelain crowns on either side of the hole, and porcelain replacement teeth in the middle.
One of the most popular cosmetic dental services, dental implants replace missing teeth. A high-quality titanium screw mimics the tooth roots, providing strength and preserving the jaw bone so it doesn’t recede. Then it is topped by a crown. The result is a beautiful, natural-looking tooth that no one will know is not real. Dental implants can also anchor bridges and dentures, providing stability and strength.
Many adults choose Invisalign clear aligners to straighten their teeth. The nearly-invisible aligners are custom-fit to the teeth, making them almost impossible to see.
Traditional & Clear Braces
If you have crooked teeth or another problem impacting tooth alignment, braces are a tried-and-true cosmetic dental service. Traditional braces are made out of high-quality stainless steel, while clear or tooth-colored ceramic braces are more aesthetically-pleasing.
Cosmetic Gum Surgery
Minor gum surgery can reshape gum tissue to improve your smile’s overall appearance. A cosmetic dentist or periodontist can shape the gums with either traditional dental tools or with a dental laser. This surgery is particularly effective for repairing gummy smiles, uneven gum lines, and frenectomies.