Cosmetic dentistry is all about your looks and your smile. When you come in for a consultation, we will evaluate the aesthetics of your smile, as well as the health of the individual teeth and gums. We will take study models, digital photographs and other measurements to determine the overall plan for improvement. Our Palm Beach Gardens office is ready to serve all of your cosmetic dentistry needs.
CROWNS - refer to individual caps on specific teeth. These may be all porcelain or a combination of porcelain and metal. Generally, crowns are permanent, although patient diet, home care, and dental maintenance can have an effect on their longevity.
INLAYS/ONLAYS - tooth-colored inlays/Onlays are also bonded restorations used to replace your fillings — they require two visits to your dentist. Your dentist may use inlays/Onlays if your tooth requires additional strength or reinforcement.
BRIDGES- are multiple teeth connected together to form one chewing unit. They may be from three to more teeth in size. Typically, they are cemented in place and are generally permanent.
VENEERS - are laminated porcelain facings that are made in a dental lab and cemented over the front of your natural teeth. This procedure is especially attractive to people who have discolored teeth but don't want to have their teeth prepared for conventional crowning.
BONDING - refers to facings, like the veneers above, only using plastic resin, rather than porcelain. And, they are made right on the spot, without a dental lab involved. The advantage of bonding is that there is usually no anesthetic or tooth preparation involved. The disadvantage is that, because they are resins, they do not last as long as veneers, and they can discolor with age.
DENTURES & PARTIALS - both partial and full, are an affordable alternative to implants. The benefits are ease of production and relatively less expense. The disadvantages include less chewing strength and an unnatural feel and taste. It may also be possible to use implants to help ill-fitting dentures become easier to wear.
COMPLETE DENTURES - are used to replace teeth when there are no teeth remaining. The teeth are prefabricated acrylics which come in many sizes, shapes, and shades. They are processed into a custom made acrylic base which is made to intimately and comfortably fit the gum tissue in your mouth.
PARTIAL DENTURES - a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. It is held in place by your existing teeth. It is important that these teeth be healthy in order to support your partial; often they may need treatment prior to making the partial.
WHITENING - or "tooth bleaching", is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. This process is simple and pain-free and can make your teeth look much better in one sitting. We offer 2 types of whitening in our office.