Cosmetic dentistry includes professional teeth whitening, crowns and bridges, bonding and porcelain veneers.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are recommended when teeth are too decayed or damaged to hold conventional fillings, when a tooth has a fracture, after root canal treatment, or when there is a risk of fracture due to a large filling. A dental crown is essentially a cap that covers a tooth for protection and can be hand-made to match your existing teeth.
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth where an artificial replacement tooth is connected to crowns placed on teeth adjacent to the space that is missing the tooth.
Bonding & Veneers
Cosmetic dental bonding (composite bonding) uses tooth-colored filling material to correct minor chips, cracks, or stains. The life expectancy of composite bonding is shorter than porcelain veneers because it is more brittle and tends to pick up stain over time.
A veneer is a thin layer of high strength ceramic that is bonded on the front side of a tooth that is discolored, broken, or malformed. Veneers do not stain over time and require minimal tooth reduction.