Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Porcelain veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth, and to improve a smile. Highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking, the wafer-thin porcelain veneers can achieve a tenacious bond to the tooth, resulting in an esthetically pleasing naturalness that is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
Porcelain crowns are used on teeth where esthetics is very important. They are placed when a tooth is generally broken down or when old crowns need to be replaced. Since there is no metal used, with porcelain crowns there are no unsightly dark lines that can be seen when you smile. Although porcelain crowns are used predominately on front teeth, there are now new high strength porcelain materials available that can be used on some back teeth.
Dental bonding is a process where tooth colored composite resin is bonded to the teeth. It is a conservative way to correct flaws in a smile. Bondings can be used to smooth out irregular edges, correct minor misalignments, and eliminate gaps between teeth. They can be placed in one appointment and will immediately transform your smile.
Tooth contouring and reshaping are simple procedures that are often used to correct minor imperfections such as teeth that are chipped, have irregular angles or are oddly shaped. Teeth that are uneven or slightly overlapping may also benefit from this treatment. It is usually a quick procedure that usually does not involve any anesthetic and can create a more attractive smile.
A bright white smile can make a dramatic impact on your appearance. There are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of your smile. We offer in office whitening as well as custom dental whitening trays you can take with you and use at home. If you would like to improve the color of your smile, ask Dr. Cohen what treatment is best for you!