Cosmetic Dentistry
 
 

 

Adrianne Caruso, Mrs. St. Louis A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of your face. Even a subtle change can make a big difference in the way you look and feel. New techniques like whitening, bonding, enamel shaping, veneers, and white fillings allow us to create a beautiful smile with, at times, only minimal changes to existing teeth. Mrs. St. Louis, Adrianne Caruso


Tooth Colored (White) 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 tooth colored fillings will keep your smile glowing!

Teeth Whitening (Bleaching) is a very popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry. There are many new advanced techniques and products available. It is a relatively easy and effective technique for obtaining a dazzling, whiter smile, only taking as little as an hour or at most a few days, depending on the technique selected for you.

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.

Crowns (Caps) are sometimes used for cosmetic correction. In some cases, a crown may be the best treatment to restore a particular tooth to optimal health. 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.

Veneers are laboratory fabricated, porcelain facings that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to whiten teeth, close spaces, straighten teeth, or repair chipped or worn teeth. The veneers are only about 1 mm thick (the thickness of a fingernail). That same thickness is "shaved" off the natural tooth surface so when the veneer is bonded to the tooth, the tooth doesn't feel or look "thicker".

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 tooth.

Crowns
A crown fits over the entire top of the tooth above the gum line. Crowns cover, protect, seal and strengthen a tooth. A crown is needed when a filling just will not work. A crown may be made of gold, white porcelain, or porcelain fused to gold. There are many situations that may call for a crown:

Bridges replace one or more missing teeth. A Bridge will keep teeth from drifting into the space created from a missing tooth and help preserve normal function and normal bite for the jaw joint.

Dental Implants have been used successfully for many years. The implant itself is a post that is surgically placed in the jaw. A prosthesis (artificial tooth or teeth) is then attached to the post. One use for Dental Implants is as an artificial root for a single tooth replacement. Or you may need an implant to be used as anchors for a fixed or removable prosthesis to replace multiple teeth.
 
 
 

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