There are lots of cosmetic dentistry treatments available to people who would like to improve the aesthetic appearance of their smile and boost their self-confidence. You may already be familiar with some of them, such as teeth whitening and Invisalign aligners. But what about tooth contouring and reshaping? This lesser-known procedure is actually commonly performed, either as a standalone treatment or as part of another cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Cosmetic tooth contouring and reshaping involve the gentle and strategic removal of some of the tooth’s enamel. The removal of a little enamel can achieve a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing appearance of the tooth in cases when the tooth is slightly misshapen. In some cases, tooth reshaping also involves the use of dental bonding material. Bonding is a procedure in which the cosmetic dentist applies composite resin material to the tooth to fill in cracks or chips. The bonding material is then shaped and polished to form a natural appearance.
Although cosmetic tooth contouring can be done as a standalone treatment, it can also serve as a preparatory method for additional cosmetic dentistry treatments other than the application of composite resin.
By itself, tooth contouring is only capable of making minor adjustments to the symmetry of a tooth. But when it’s paired with a cosmetic treatment like dental veneers, a dramatic transformation can be achieved. Dental veneers are wafer-thin sheets that are adhered to the visible sides of teeth. They instantly cover up stubborn discoloration, cracks, chips, gaps, and similar cosmetic problems. However, in order to accommodate for the thickness of the veneer, the dentist must first remove a little enamel from the tooth.
Similarly, the placement of a porcelain crown also requires enamel removal. A crown is a cap that looks just like a tooth. To make room for it, the dentist must remove a significant amount of the natural enamel—up to 75% in cases where severe decay or structural damage was present.
Due to the removal of enamel, patients receiving either a crown or dental veneers should know that the treated teeth will always need to have an appropriate dental restoration. That is, if a crown fails or the veneers reach the end of their lifetime, they will need to be replaced.
Before performing the treatment, the dentist will take some x-rays to make sure that the removal of the enamel will not adversely affect the dental pulp. Then, cosmetic dentists can use either a drill or a laser to gently remove the enamel. Misshapen areas are trimmed and smoothed. Then, bonding may be used, or a dental crown or veneer will be applied.
If you are curious about whether tooth contouring and reshaping could be the right solution for your smile problems, then come visit Long Island’s leading cosmetic dentists at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot in Huntington, LI provide personalized, one-on-one consultations designed to offer world-class patient education and customized smile makeover recommendations. Here, you’ll find a full suite of cosmetic dentistry options, including porcelain veneers and crowns. Get in touch today and schedule an appointment!
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Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment. They are an effective way to instantly cover up a wide range of smile-related imperfections, including misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth, and yes, even tooth discoloration that does not respond to professional teeth whitening treatments. If you’re thinking of talking to a cosmetic dentist about getting porcelain veneers, you might be wondering if they could develop yellowish discoloration like real teeth.
One of the many benefits of dental veneers is that they effectively resist staining. Your natural tooth is surrounded by a hard layer of enamel. Although this enamel looks quite solid, it’s actually rather porous. This means it absorbs the pigments from foods and beverages, allowing it to acquire yellowish discoloration over time.
In contrast, dental veneers are made from porcelain. Porcelain is not a highly porous material, and so it resists stains. However, it’s still possible to acquire slight discoloration around the edges of the veneer. In addition, you can still accumulate plaque above the gum line and between the veneers, just like regular teeth.
You will undoubtedly want to keep your dental veneers looking beautiful and white for as long as possible. With proper care, they can resist staining for years. Always follow the cosmetic dentist’s care instructions. You should brush your teeth (including the veneers) at least twice daily using a gentle, fluoridated toothpaste. Avoid using harsh whitening toothpastes, as these can damage the veneers.
Remember to floss at least once daily to prevent plaque from accumulating along the gum line and around the edges of the veneers and teeth. In addition, schedule a routine check-up and cleaning every six months to have plaque and tartar professionally removed. Your dentist may also recommend swishing with a fluoridated mouth rinse once or twice daily. This can help keep the enamel strong and prevent cavities from marring your beautiful smile.
You might also want to consider drinking pigmented beverages, like coffee and tea, with a straw. This helps reduce the amount of pigment that the veneers are exposed to. Brushing your teeth or at least drinking water immediately after consuming pigmented foods and drinks may also help ward off stains.
With the right care, your dental veneers can continue to look pristine and white for their lifetime. In most cases, veneers will last about 10 to 15 years. However, they are not a permanent smile solution. If your veneers are reaching the end of their lifespan, or they are looking damaged, it’s time to visit your cosmetic dentist to get them replaced.
Dental veneers are one of the many cosmetic dental treatments you will find at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Our practice in Huntington, Long Island specializes in smile makeovers. We believe that every person deserves a beautiful, healthy smile that gives them self-confidence. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot to determine whether porcelain veneers might be a good choice for your smile imperfections.
We’ll fully explain the treatment and answer all of your questions so that you can make an informed choice for your wellness. During your visit, we can also help you consider alternative treatments so you can evaluate all of your options before making a decision. Schedule your appointment today by calling our friendly staff.
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The options can seem endless when it comes to replacing damaged or missing teeth. Ideally, the best way to select which option is best for you is by talking to a dental team in an individual one-on-one session. After examining your teeth and listening to other needs and concerns, Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry will be able to recommend either crowns or veneers.
Here are a few of the advantages and disadvantage of each:
Crowns, or dental caps, can be used to correct a variety of tooth issues. Typically, the crown is molded to match the original structure of your tooth and is then adhered to the remaining root of your original tooth. Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of oddly shaped or broken teeth, repair teeth after root canals, protected weakened teeth, correct gaps, repair decaying teeth, and as a base for dental bridges.
Pros and Cons of Crowns
While traditional crowns can usually take several visits to complete the process, new technology has now allowed for same-day crown placement. Using digital mapping technology, custom-sized CERC crowns are molded in minutes to match the space, color, and look of your other teeth. The advantages of this procedure are that it is relatively quick, painless, can last up to 15 years, and is often covered by insurance. One of the major downsides of crowns is that it requires a tooth root. If this is severely damaged, dental implants may be a better option.
Patients concerned with a myriad of factors in their smile may opt for veneers. Veneers consist of a very thin (yet durable) material that is bonded to the visible portion of your teeth. This procedure can help correct the appearance of gaps, uneven and misaligned teeth, irregularly shaped or broken teeth, and discoloration that cannot be corrected with teeth whitening.
Pros and Cons of Veneers
Veneers are a great, easy way to correct a variety of problems and give you a full, bright smile you love. They also leave more of your original tooth intact, making it a less invasive procedure over crowns. Some of the disadvantages are that you may need to be a bit more cautious about how you treat them. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, you should avoid chewing on ice, pens, nails, and other hard objects that may damage the thin veneers. It may also be difficult or impossible to correctly adhere veneers to teeth that are too damaged or missing too much enamel.
Finding the best fit for you
There are many pros and cons to crowns and veneers and choosing the right one is unique to each patient. If you are ready to correct your smile and increase your confidence, schedule an appointment Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today. We can discuss crowns, veneers, implants and other dental options with you to create a customized treatment plan that works for your specific needs.
You may be familiar with the use of veneer in woodworking. It involves applying thin sheets of beautiful wood to the surfaces of furniture in order to enhance aesthetic appeal. The same principle can apply to your teeth. Your cosmetic dentist can apply dental veneers to the visible sides of your teeth in order to camouflage imperfections and enhance the beauty of your natural smile. The following are a few reasons why you might want to consider getting porcelain veneers. However, only your dentist can determine if you’re a good candidate, so schedule an appointment soon!
Professional teeth whitening is an excellent way to instantly beautify your smile. The cosmetic dentist can use the in-office whitening system, which involves activating the whitening agent with a special light, or you can receive customized at-home whitening trays to use at your convenience.
Unfortunately, not all stains will respond well to teeth whitening. If you have stubborn intrinsic stains that are detracting from the beauty of your smile, porcelain veneers could be the right solution for you!
A beautiful, Hollywood smile features perfectly symmetrical teeth. Unfortunately, many people simply aren’t born with perfect teeth. And over time, teeth can become even more asymmetrical due to chipping and shifting. If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of asymmetrical teeth in your smile, porcelain veneers may be right for you. They will effectively camouflage these imperfections—and no one will be able to tell you’re wearing them!
Cosmetic dentists often recommend Invisalign to correct improper bite patterns, such as the appearance of gaps in the smile. However, if you’d rather avoid Invisalign or you simply want to see noticeable results right away, porcelain veneers may be a good alternative. The veneers will instantly hide those unsightly gaps, creating the appearance of perfect, uniform teeth.
Bruxism is a dental problem also known as teeth grinding. Many people suffer from bruxism without realizing it, since teeth grinding often occurs during sleep. Some of the most common signs of bruxism include worsening tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold beverages, and worn-out tooth enamel. It can also result in teeth that are flattened, chipped, loose, or fractured.
Bruxism poses a problem for porcelain veneers because, as strong as they are, they can’t withstand the intense force of grinding teeth. Talk to your cosmetic dentist about whether you may be suffering from bruxism. If not, dental veneers could be a great choice for improving the appearance of your smile!
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in South Huntington, Long Island, porcelain veneers are one of our specialties. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot by calling today to discuss whether porcelain veneers or another cosmetic dentistry treatment option could be right for you. During your one-on-one consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to ask all of your questions and learn the steps in the treatment process.
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