We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry options to enhance the beauty and function of your smile. These include teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, veneers, porcelain crowns, porcelain inlays and onlays, and smile lift dentures. Your smile is one of the most important facial features and is also one of the first things that is noticed by your peers.
When smiling, usually the upper teeth show, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. As we age, we show more of our lower teeth and less of our upper teeth when we smile. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that help define your smile. If you have missing, crooked, or stained teeth this can affect your smile and Dr. Brigati can help correct this with cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry can be used to correct imperfections in the appearance of your mouth, including whitening your teeth to help remove yellow, gray or brown stains. If you are unhappy with your smile, Dr. Brigati will go over some options with you at your appointment to improve your smile.
Occasionally, minor cosmetic smile flaws can be fixed with bonding. Many of our patients that are not happy with the color of their teeth will first have their teeth whitened and then have dental bonding placed to correct any darker stained areas that whitening was not able to improve. We use bonded composite resin material that is carefully matched to the natural color of your teeth. The dental bonding material is a composite resin that hardens and fuses to the tooth. Once in place, the bonding material is shaped and colored to match your natural teeth and is finally polished until smooth. We follow minimal invasive procedures when we are bonding your teeth and try to save as much natural tooth structure that we can during our procedures.
Cosmetic bonding can:
- Repair damage caused by tooth decay
- Change the alignment of the tooth
- Closes the gaps between the teeth
- Cover the dark or white spots
- Realign crooked or misshapen teeth
Veneers are very thin, tooth-colored shells that are custom fitted and bonded to the front of the tooth to give you a bright, even, attractive smile. Commonly made of porcelain, veneers make it possible to correct a variety of color and shape problems. In many instances the veneers are so thin that they do not require any tooth recontouring before placement.
If you are not happy with the look or the shape of your teeth, we start by taking impressions to make wax models of your new smile. This model will be the template used to make your trial veneers. Your second appointment will be to re-contour your teeth, take an impression, and make your trial veneers. Before your final veneers are placed, the trial veneers allow you to see what the final veneers will look like. On your third appointment we will deliver your final veneers.
Veneers are able to:
- Reduce or eliminate spaces between the teeth
- Repair broken or chipped teeth
- Whiten dark teeth, yellow teeth, or permanently stained teeth
- Correct misshapen or crooked teeth
- Close small holes or pits in teeth
- Improve the appearance of teeth that are too small, too big, or uneven
All Porcelain Crowns or Bridges
A dental crown is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape while strengthening it and improving its appearance. Crowns are necessary when the tooth is too damaged to sustain a filling. This is very common with patients that have large silver fillings that have new decay under them and are too large to do a new filling. Of the dental crowns, porcelain crowns provide the best natural color. Ceramic bridges are a great option for patients that have space between two adjacent teeth and are not a good candidate for a single implant.
Crowns can be made of many materials including gold, base metal, porcelain on top of gold and porcelain. Porcelain is the most esthetic of all of the materials and mimics the natural appearance of teeth.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
In dentistry, we have circumstances where the extent of the decay or a break in the tooth is too large for a filling but is too small for a full coverage crown. We therefore will place and bond a porcelain inlay or only to these teeth. These are small puzzle like porcelain pieces that are bonded to your teeth to give it added strength. These are conservative restorations that seamlessly match your existing tooth structure.
Smile Lift Dentures
As we age over time, we show more of our lower teeth than our upper teeth when we smile. If implants were not placed when the original denture was fabricated, bone is quickly lost and your face will begin to show early signs of aging. A smile lift denture will help to make up for this difference and give you a more youthful appearance.