Not all smile enhancements need the expense and inconvenience of orthodontics or complex dental restorations. For many patients, dental veneers are a faster and easier solution.
A veneer is a layer of material, usually porcelain, which is bonded to the facial surface of the tooth. The translucence, colour and texture of veneers closely resemble natural enamel, making them highly effective in improving the appearance of teeth. They are particularly suited to teeth that are discoloured, eroded, or have surface abrasions.
Unlike crowns, veneers do not require extensive removal of the tooth structure, making them highly suitable for cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic applications of veneers include aligning irregular teeth – they’re often referred to as “instant braces” – closing gaps between teeth, lengthening or reshaping teeth, and repairing chipped, broken or worn teeth.
Patients can use veneers of a lighter shade than their current teeth to brighten smiles stained by tetracycline, fluorosis or large resin fillings.
Sometimes referred to as a cap, a crown is a full-coverage restoration that is permanently cemented onto the surface of a damaged or fractured tooth, restoring it to its original contour and function and preserving the natural bite. Crowns can be used in treating a wide variety of dental problems. If you have a tooth that’s worn, cracked, broken or has a large area of decay, there’s a good chance a dental crown is the best option for you.
A crown can also be used to cover a dental implant, seal a tooth from decay, prevent fracturing in a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy, and support the replacement teeth in a dental bridge.
A crown is also recommended when there is very little tooth structure left to restore, which would make a traditional filling process ineffective. Crowns also have applications in cosmetic dental work, where they are typically used to cover discoloured teeth and even out irregularities.
At City Dental Center, crowns aren’t one-size-fits-all – we’ll customize your procedure to treat whatever your problems may be.
For those looking for a quick and cost-effective way to repair minor imperfections in teeth, bonding may be the best solution.
Using the same composite resin as white fillings, cosmetic bonding can enhance the appearance of broken, chipped, discoloured, uneven or wide-gapped teeth. Bonding material adheres more effectively to teeth than silver fillings. It also lowers the risk of teeth cracking, as it expands and contracts with the natural shape of your teeth.
Inlays / Onlays
Usually made from either gold or porcelain, inlays and onlays are natural-looking, less-invasive alternatives to silver fillings or to crowns in cases of moderate tooth damage.
Inlays and onlays are formed to fit and fill most types of cavities and are almost impossible to distinguish from the natural tooth. They are custom designed using a precise replica of your tooth, so only the damaged portion of your tooth needs to be removed.
Requiring only two appointments to complete, inlays and onlays are superior to fillings because they are stronger and more durable. They also offer greater protection against tooth sensitivity and decay as they are unlikely to shrink once placed inside the mouth.
It’s amazing how much you can improve your looks – and increase your confidence – by simply lightening your teeth by a few shades. With modern tooth whitening methods, brightening your smile is safer and easier than ever.
We offer two types of whitening procedures: laser whitening, which we perform in our clinic, and at-home bleaching.
Laser whitening involves the application of a hydrogen peroxide solution followed by exposure to high-intensity UV light (sometimes referred to as laser light) to accelerate the process.
At-home bleaching begins with a trip to our office to receive a consultation and make a mould of your teeth to create customized whitening trays. When your trays are ready, we’ll provide you with a whitening gel and specific instructions tailored to your desired results.
If you’re considering having any cosmetic dentistry completed, whitening your teeth is a great start to a brilliant finish.