COSMETIC DENTAL CARE
Cosmetic dentistry comes in many forms, but the overlying theme is to restore a natural form and function to teeth. Depending on the circumstances, a variety of different treatments may be suggested- any one of which creates a cosmetically pleasing result.
Porcelain veneers are a recommended treatment for a patient who wishes to change the shade, shape, or position (to a degree) of teeth. Ideally, a very thin layer of tooth is removed primarily from the front of the tooth and then the veneer is bonded in its place. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have minimal or no decay and do not currently possess a significant restoration or crown.
Porcelain crowns are an alternative to veneers when veneering the tooth won’t sufficiently address the issues that the tooth possesses. As opposed to veneers, which essentially cover the front of the tooth, porcelain crowns cover the entire tooth. Cosmetically, porcelain crowns are the equal of veneers. Porcelain crowns are generally the treatment of choice for teeth in the front of the mouth that have significant decay, have fractured, or already possess a large filling or crown with a defect of some sort.
Office Take Home Whitening
Whitening can be an effective way to improve cosmetics of teeth when the underlying issue is shade or stain related. We offer two varieties of whitening systems at Klein Dental Arts. For less extensive shade/stain concerns, we recommend NiteWhite. At our office, we will fabricate custom made trays and then instruct you how to load the trays with the bleaching solution as well as wearing them. This can create a very impressive result. For extreme cases of stain, including intrinsic staining such as tetracycline staining- Dr. Klein recommends KoR Deep Bleaching. This is a more intense form of bleaching, yet still completely safe. ‘Befores’ and ‘afters’ of Deep Bleaching are extremely dramatic and can be observed here.
In some cases, a more conservative treatment known as resin bonding may be recommended. For minimal fractures, or areas of minimal decay, composite resin may be used to replace the affected areas on teeth. In this case, tooth-colored white filling material is blended to match tooth shade to create an imperceptible result.