Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental work that improves the appearance of a smile in a non-invasive way. Cosmetic dentistry procedures provide a way to correct cosmetic flaws, such as stained or crooked teeth. Many cosmetic dental procedures prevent more serious issues that require more expensive procedures in the future.
The most common cosmetic dentistry procedures are:
Composite resin fillings can repair teeth with minor damage from tooth decay. These fillings are made from a mixture of plastic and glass. They are tooth-colored to blend into the natural smile. They can last for many years with proper care.
Dental crowns are one of the most versatile procedures in cosmetic dentistry. A crown effectively covers the visible parts of a tooth, restoring the tooth's shape, size, and strength. It also adds extra support to prevent fractures or breaks. Porcelain crowns are individually sculpted for an optimal fit and are designed to blend in seamlessly with surrounding teeth.
Dental veneers are frequently used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, chipped, or have gaps. The procedure typically takes two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, the teeth are prepared for veneers. This involves removing a layer of enamel, which is the same thickness as the veneers, from the surface of the teeth.
The veneers are custom-made from an impression taken of the teeth. Temporary veneers are worn to protect them, while the custom veneers are fabricated.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures because it is fast, affordable, and very effective. When done by our cosmetic dentist, teeth whitening can brighten your teeth by several shades.
We will carefully protect the gums before applying the whitening gel. The gel will be activated with laser light. The light breaks down the hydrogen peroxide in the gel, allowing oxygen to penetrate the teeth, making the teeth whiter.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin material to a tooth's surface. The resin material is shaped and polished until it is matched to the surrounding teeth.
The procedure is painless, and patients can typically return to work the same day. The bonding material is durable and can last for many years with good oral care.
A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace a missing tooth (or multiple missing teeth). A bridge is made up of two or more dental crowns on either side of a pontic (artificial tooth) in the middle. The bridge is bonded to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the gap. The bridge is then cemented into place, providing a strong restoration.
Call Dr. Ronald F. Jacob, DMD, at (386) 445-6111 if you wish to improve your smile. We are located at 17 Old King's Road N, Palm Coast, FL 32137.