is a very popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry.
It is a relatively easy and effective technique
for obtaining a dazzling, whiter smile, at home,
in a matter of days.
Bonding is a procedure
where tooth-colored composite resin material is placed
to "fill in the blanks." One of the most
frequent uses of the bonding technique is to fill
in a gap between front teeth.
Enamel Shaping (Contouring)
is the process of shaping natural teeth to improve
their appearance. Shaping can be used to correct minor
cases of crowded or overlapping teeth, smooth rough
edges, or make small adjustments to the shape of a
custom, porcelain facings that are bonded to
the front surfaces of teeth to whiten teeth,
close spaces, straighten teeth, or repair chipped
or worn teeth.
Caps (Crowns) are
rarely used for cosmetic correction any more, since
the advent of veneers, but in some cases a crown may
be necessary for a particular tooth. A tooth with
a bad fracture or
a large filling that is
breaking down, or has decay around it, may be a candidate
for a crown instead of a veneer. This patient has
veneers on top, but one of the front teeth had a large
filling and had to be crowned.
fillings replace silver or gold fillings
with a more natural looking tooth-colored material.
Since teeth are translucent, dark fillings cause
the whole tooth to appear darker when viewed from
the side. Replacing older dark fillings with white
fillings will keep your smile glowing!
braces" (which are not really braces
at all, but clear plastic retainers) are a
new technique for adults to obtain the results
of braces without wearing braces! This technique,
which is effective only for mild to moderate
crowding, utilizes a series of retainers (computer
generated or lab constructed) that are worn
sequentially until the desired correction