Cosmetic and esthetic dentistry offers numerous options for hiding flaws, removing stains, and giving your teeth that “polished” look. Often, the dazzling smile you want can be achieved with whitening treatments that you apply at home with an experienced dentist’s guidance. However, if you are dealing with more significant flaws—like crooked, chipped, broken, or missing teeth—the application of dental crowns or other cosmetic and dental-health promoting solutions may present the best way to get the smile you deserve.
Today’s blog post highlights three specific dental treatment options that can solve both esthetic and oral health concerns—dental crowns, veneers, and bonding. Read on to learn more about each.
In the realm of cosmetic dentistry, crowns—along with bridges—are a prosthetic repair option that both improves oral and overall health and addresses serious esthetic flaws. When you have damaged or missing teeth due to an accident, illness, or other problems, crowns may be an excellent solution either on their own or in coordination with other options like dental implants.
Because crowns are designed to essentially cap a significantly damaged tooth by fitting over it like a helmet, these prosthetics are meant to be permanent, unlike a removable denture device. Dental crowns are made from a variety of durable materials that add both better function and good looks to your mouth. These include all-ceramic material, porcelain-to-high noble metals, or even cast gold coverings.
How Will I Know if I Need a Crown?
An experienced cosmetic dentist is your best resource for guidance about which dental procedures or treatment options might be best for your unique oral health and esthetic concerns. However, if you are experiencing any of the following problems, a dental crown procedure might be right for you:
- You have a large filling that needs to be replaced, but there is not enough tooth left to support it
- You have a weak tooth that you want to protect from fracturing
- You have a fractured or severely chipped tooth that you want to restore
- You want to cover a misshapen or discolored tooth or a dental implant
There are other situations in which a dental crown may be suitable, as well. If you are having any concerns about the appearance of your teeth or your oral health, you should contact a dentist right away for help.
Porcelain or Composite Veneers
As we continue our visual guide to some of the most common cosmetic dental treatment options, veneers present a way to hide small dental flaws for a brighter, whiter smile. Veneers are typically made from porcelain or composite (white) filling material and are thin shells that bond to the surface of teeth.
The application of veneers is typically a more conservative approach versus dental crowns, as much less reduction and reshaping of the original tooth structure will likely be required. Often, veneers are considered more of a strictly esthetic option, as well, since they are meant to be seen in your smile. Veneers do essentially fix the appearance of chips, misalignments, discolored tooth enamel, and gaps in teeth, but they are not designed to alter the structure of your teeth and do not offer protection against fractures.
In the universe of options for improving the overall appearance of your teeth, dental bonding is a less permanent solution than veneers or crowns. However, it can be a great way to quickly remedy an unsightly chipped tooth or gap without the need for an in-depth procedure.
With dental bonding, a tooth-colored composite resin material is applied, shaped to the desired appearance, and then cured with a curing light. Similar material is used for sealants in molars and other deeply pitted back teeth as a cavity prevention method, as well.
While dental bonding will eventually need to be replaced, it can be an excellent option for children who are having esthetic issues with their deciduous teeth or “baby teeth,” and it presents a lower cost option for adults with mild cosmetic problems they want to address quickly.
Looking for Comprehensive Dental Care in Lancaster, PA?
Here at Hempfield Family Dental Care, Dr. Kolsun and staff can help you brighten your smile with a full range of cosmetic dentistry services that complement the complete dental health care our practice provides. After all, a healthy smile and a beautiful smile should—and easily can—be one and the same!
Contact us now to schedule your next dental cleaning or consultation to discuss your cosmetic and esthetic dental concerns and discover why Hempfield Family Dental Care is The Friendly Family Dentist in Lancaster You Will Appreciate.