Cosmetic dental services provided by English Rows Dental Group provide a multitude of benefits for our patients. From teeth whitening to full restoration services that complete the cosmetic process to enhance and beautify the smile a patient has, cosmetic dentistry ensures that patients have that beautiful smile that they desire.
Until recently you had no choice about the color of your fillings. Now you can have old silver or gold fillings replaced with nearly invisible porcelain or resin restorations.
While these restorations may be technically harder to complete on patients, they have a definite benefit of not only appearing more natural, but the process of removing decay and damaged tooth structure actually preserves more natural tooth than the technique required for the older amalgam or silver fillings which is a great benefit to the tooth in the long term. Another advantage – they are bonded to the teeth which gives a tighter seal and adds more strength to the tooth.
Porcelain veneers are custom-crafted, fingernail-thin porcelain shells that are bonded to natural teeth. Because of their subtle color and near transparency, porcelain veneers can make a dramatic and very natural looking improvement to your smile. These restorations
Bonding is an excellent way to repair or change the shape or color of teeth, particularly front teeth. Bonding is usually a one-appointment procedure that starts with a careful matching of the color of the bonding materials to your tooth color.
Next, your teeth are lightly roughened and a gel is applied to ensure that the bonding materials will adhere. Then the bonding material is applied, sculpted and hardened with a high-intensity light. The final step is a careful polishing of your new teeth.
Tooth-colored crowns can be made of porcelain and metal to provide strength and aesthetics. But with the new technology available today, they can be made entirely of porcelain shaded materials for a more aesthetic appearance.
To have enough strength to withstand biting forces, porcelain crowns are often built upon a metal core. New breakthroughs in materials and stronger porcelains now make it possible to make crowns entirely out of porcelain colored material using a zirconia based framework.
Zirconia crowns maintain a translucency that makes them hard to tell from natural teeth. Without the darker metal underneath, the problem of the dark blue line at the edge of the gums is eliminated. This allows your dentist to place the edge of the crown above the gum line, which is healthier for your tooth and gums.
When you want to improve your smile, porcelain over zirconia crowns are a beautiful and natural-looking choice!
What is an implant?
An implant is thin titanium cylinder surgically implanted into the bone of the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. Implants can secure a single crown, a bridge, or a complete denture.
Often the difference between a good smile and a great smile is the whiteness of the teeth.
Over time most teeth lose their luster and brightness because they accumulate stains made by foods and beverages. New whitening agents can remove these stains without harming your teeth.
By far the best and fastest whitening solutions are offered by your dentist. During a typical whitening procedure, your dentist will fabricate a custom tray to hold whitening gel against your teeth. You take the trays home and wear the gel-filled trays each night or for several hours during the day for several weeks.
Dentists can also whiten teeth in the office. This technique works well and is offered both as a “jump start” prior to home whitening and as a separate “stand alone” procedure.
While you can get over-the-counter whitening kits, they usually aren’t as effective as professional whitening procedures because of the amount of time and the commitment of the patient needed. Because the over-the-counter trays are not custom fitted, the whitening agent may leak out and irritate your gums.
Want a whiter smile? Ask us about dental whitening.