Tuesday, 12 May 2015

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry can make your smile more attractive.  The most common cosmetic treatments that we perform at Great Lakes Dental include: 
  • Spaces or gaps between your teeth 
  • Yellow or stained teeth 
  • Crooked or broken teeth 
  • Gummy smiles 
  • Small/short or Long/Large teeth 
  • Crowded or rotated teeth 
  • Stained or silver fillings

The goal is to enhance your appearance & confidence by providing you with a more natural & attractive smile. The process begins with a one-on-one consultation with Dr Jennifer Thomm. We’ll discuss your individual goals and expectations & Dr Thomm will gather your diagnostic data (using intra-oral imaging, x-rays, panorex scans & clinical examinations). An individual treatment plan is then created & may include some of the following routine procedures:

These restorations are used when both strength and esthetics are required. A Crown covers the entire surface of the tooth and can improve the colour, size, shape and overall appearance of one or several teeth. Due to their beauty, strength & convenience (requires just a 1-hour appointment), Crowns are a popular treatment option.  

Inlays & Onlays:
Another durable option that can enhance the appearance of your back teeth. Inlays are designed to cover one or more of your tooth’s surface areas between the cusps  (a cusp is the pointed chewing section of a back tooth). Onlays replace the entire cusps of a tooth. Inlays & Onlays are beneficial in that Dr. Thomm only removes the decayed portion of the tooth, leaving more of your natural tooth intact.

Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain bonded onto a tooth to improve its size, shape and colour. Veneers can correct gaps, crowding, stains & crooked teeth. Although not as durable as a Crown, Veneers remain a popular treatment option.

Dental Bonding & Composite Fillings:
This procedure involves using natural-coloured filling material to restore your tooth structure. Less expensive and without the long-term durability of a crown, bonding & composite can be used to change the size/shape of your teeth or replace old silver fillings.

Teeth Whitening:
Fast & inexpensive, in-office or home whitening options can brighten your natural tooth enamel and give you a more youthful smile. In-office treatment will reduce most external and some internal stains.

Enamel Recontouring:
Also referred to as Enamelplasty, this procedure involves removing small portions of enamel to improve your tooth’s overall shape and appearance.

Gingival Recontouring:
Sometimes referred to as Gingivectomy, this treatment involves the removal of excess gum tissue. Most noticeable on front-teeth, excess gum tissue can make your teeth appear short. Reducing that tissue is a routine procedure that can improve your smile.

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