The public's demand for aesthetic tooth colored (metal free) restorations (fillings) together with the dental profession's desire to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible, has led to the development of special “adhesive” tooth colored restorations...Read More
People choose esthetic dental procedures/surgery for various reasons—to repair a defect such as a malformed bite or crooked teeth, treat an injury, or just improve their overall appearance. Whatever the reason, the ultimate goal is to restore a beautiful smile.
For these and many other reasons, esthetic dentistry has become a vital and important part of the dental profession.
Common esthetic dental procedures can be performed to correct misshaped, discolored, chipped or missing teeth. They also can be used to change the overall shape of teeth—from teeth that are too long or short, have gaps, or simply need to be reshaped.
Some of the more common procedures involve:
- Bonding - A procedure in which tooth-colored material is used to close gaps or change tooth color.
- Contouring and reshaping - A procedure that straightens crooked, chipped, cracked or overlapping teeth.
- Veneers - A procedure in which ultra-thin coatings are placed over the front teeth. Veneers can change the color or shape of your teeth. For example, veneers have been used to correct unevenly spaced, crooked, chipped, oddly shaped or discolored teeth.
- Whitening and bleaching - As the term implies, whitening and bleaching, a rapidly increasing procedure, are used to make teeth whiter.
Which techniques should be used to improve your smile? A dental exam will take many factors into consideration, including your overall oral health.
The Natural Beauty of Tooth Colored Fillings
Porcelain Crowns & Veneers
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Tooth Decay - How To Assess Your Risk
Don't wait for cavities to occur and then have them fixed — stop them before they start. Modern dentistry is moving towards an approach to managing tooth decay that is evidence-based — on years of accumulated, systematic, and valid scientific research. This article discusses what you need to know to assess your risk and change the conditions that lead to decay...Read More
What is Tooth Decay? - And How to Prevent It!
Tooth Decay is an infection, and many people don't realize that it is preventable. This article is the first in a series about tooth decay, perhaps the number one reason children and adults lose teeth during their lifetime. Explore the causes of tooth decay, its prevention and the relationship to bacteria, sugars and acids...Read More
The subconscious impact of a white smile is radiant health, happiness, warmth and invitation. This phenomenon has been reinforced with the spread of American culture worldwide, where an especially white smile has even been coined a “Hollywood smile.” Today brighter, lighter, whiter teeth have become a norm. Tooth whitening by bleaching is a successful, conservative, relatively inexpensive and safe alternative — learn how whiter teeth can be yours...Read More
Bad Breath - More Than Just Embarrassing
The bane of humans for thousands of years, bad breath may be no more than the result of poor oral hygiene — or a sign of a more serious, underlying condition. Get the facts on what causes bad breath, and what you can do about it...Read More
Beautiful Smiles by Design
The first in a series of articles dedicated to the “art and science” of designing a more appealing smile. One of the country's foremost leaders in cosmetic dentistry discusses how you and your dentist partner to create a great new look...Read More
Nutrition & Oral Health
Oral health is a huge part of our general health. In Part I of this important series, we will focus on diet as it relates to dental/oral health. Learn new important facts about sugars — the good and the bad; fluorides; tooth erosion by acids; and more...Read More
Dental Implants - Your Third Set of Teeth
A serendipitous discovery fifty years ago paved the way for one of dentistry's most exciting, natural looking and successful tooth replacement systems. Learn how dental implants might just possibly change your life...Read More
Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers
In part two of the series on Smile Design, Dear Doctor takes an in-depth look at Porcelain Veneers, a superior yet minimally invasive technique for smile enhancement. We'll explain not only when they're appropriate, but also when they're not...Read More
Oral Hygiene Behavior - Dental Health for Life
The best tools for maintaining your oral health and minimizing dental problems are a quality toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss, approved mouthwash and good diet. Unfortunately, myths and folklore abound on how and what to use to best effect. This article cuts through the confusion with a winning game plan for oral health...Read More
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Implant Overdentures for the Lower Jaw
Implant overdentures represent a major change for the dental profession and the public. The lower jaw two-implant overdenture may be considered a more appropriate starting point over regular dentures...Read More
Fluoride & Fluoridation in Dentistry
The Center for Disease Control says that water fluoridation is, “One of the ten most important public health measures of the 20th century.” Extensive systematic reviews of the evidence conclusively show that water fluoridation and fluoride toothpastes both substantially reduce dental decay. Learn why through the amazing fluoride story...Read More
The Magic of Orthodontics
Proper alignment of the teeth is basic to “Smile Design”. Their position dictates how they work together and affects the way you look and smile. Only orthodontic treatment can move teeth into the right position. Simply put, when things look right, they probably are right. Learn the basics of smile analysis and design and whether the magic of orthodontics will work for you...Read More
Nutrition - Its Role in General & Oral Health
“You can't be healthy without oral health.” In this second article in a series learn how good nutrition and dietary practices impact tooth formation, tooth decay resistance and oral tissue health as well as your whole body's general health...Read More