The interesting thing about cosmetic dentistry is that it is rarely purely cosmetic. Strong, beautiful teeth not only give a smile its brightness but facilitate proper eating and speaking. Teeth that are chipped, broken, crowded or missing can make these necessary activities difficult or even painful. A cosmetic dentist such as Ronald I. Teichman, D.D.S. Park Slope Dentistry can both restore a patient’s smile and self-confidence as well as the functionality of their teeth.
Types of cosmetic dentistry include:
These are also called caps. They are tooth shaped and placed over damaged teeth. First, the dentist removes enough enamel from the tooth until it is peg-shaped then places the crown over it. The benefit of dental crowns is their strength and durability. They can be made of metal alloys, ceramic or acrylic. Some are even made of gold. Porcelain crowns Boerum Hill are ceramic crowns that have been fired at very high temperatures. This makes them not only very strong but extremely life-like. They can be made to match the patient’s natural teeth in both size and color.
With dental implants, the crown is placed on a titanium post that is embedded in the patient’s jaw. This process, called osseointegration, takes weeks and sometimes months, so dental implants require some commitment on the part of the patient. Newer techniques allow the crown and post to be placed at the same time. Some patients also have more than one dental implant placed simultaneously.
People want their teeth whitened because they do not think they’re white enough or they’ve been stained from smoking, drugs or through drinking coffee, tea or red wine. The dentist can whiten the teeth in the office, or the patient can whiten their teeth at home according to the dentist’s instructions.
These are very thin shells that are placed on prepared teeth to improve their look. Like dental crowns, veneers can be made of porcelain and made to look very lifelike.
The benefits of cosmetic dentistry go beyond just beautifying a person’s smile. However, a smile does open doors when it comes to a person’s work life as well as their social relationships.