According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), cosmetic dentistry is any dental work that improves the appearance of teeth and gums, enamel, or overall smile. Unlike restorative dental work, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your smile. Here are the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at our dental practice.
Professional teeth whitening is one of the most effective and popular cosmetic dentistry services available today. The treatment is simple, affordable, fast, and highly successful at brightening smiles with several shades in a very short amount of time. In fact, many professional treatments use powerful whitening gel and lights to whiten teeth three to eight shades in a single visit!
Patients can opt for an at-home kit or professional treatment for the best results possible. With a professional treatment, patients can benefit from stronger bleaching gel and the supervision of their dentist to ensure any sensitive areas are avoided during treatment. Your dentist can also provide you with tips and advice on how to maintain your bright smile long after your treatment is completed.
Porcelain crowns add beauty, strength, and durability to your smile. They cover and protect teeth that are weak or cracked. The crowns are custom-matched and shaded to blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. A porcelain crown can last decades with proper care and maintenance.
They are created in our dental office from high-quality materials. First, we prepare the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel to make room for the crown. Next, we take detailed impressions of your teeth so that you can leave our office with a temporary crown to wear while your custom restoration is created. When the permanent crown is finished, you return to our dental office to have it placed. We check the fit and color before bonding it to your tooth.
A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or composite resin that is bonded to the front of a tooth to enhance its appearance. Porcelain veneers are very effective for hiding discolorations or chipped teeth, but composite resin veneers can be more suitable for patients whose teeth are structurally sound but whose smiles need a boost of aesthetics. Dental veneers can fix the following conditions:Tooth Discoloration
Discolorations on a person’s teeth can occur for a number of reasons. In certain cases, the stains are caused by things like coffee, wine, and smoking, while in other cases, they can be the result of internal pigments leaching into the enamel and creating darker areas on the tooth’s surface. Regardless of the source, these discolored areas can hurt your self-confidence and make you feel reluctant to smile. Thankfully, placing dental veneers over your teeth can conceal these problem areas and make your pearly whites appear brighter and whiter.Broken Teeth
If you’ve suffered from a broken tooth, it can result in significant oral pain as well as changes in the way that your smile looks. While you can try to cover up your broken tooth with a false one, the best solution is to place a veneer over it instead, which will restore the tooth to its normal shape and appearance while also helping you to avoid having to wear a fake tooth.Chipped Teeth
Aside from making your smile look unsightly and unprofessional, a chip in one of your teeth can lead to increased sensitivity in that area of the mouth as well. Luckily, repairing chips with dental veneers is an effective way to restore your bite’s appearance and alleviate any discomfort you may have experienced due to that damaged area. Plus, as an added bonus, you can match the shade of the rest of your natural teeth so that your veneer gives you a natural, aesthetic appearance.
To learn more, get in touch with the dentists at Stonewall Dental by calling (703) 368-1000 or visiting the office at 8719 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA 20110.