Cosmetic Dentistry

The cosmetic dentist and his/her patients are often misunderstood. Some people think it’s only for the rich and famous. Some view the treatment as expensive and unnecessary, while others don’t know what to make of it at all.

In fact, cosmetic dentistry is an umbrella term that covers a lot of ground. In general, cosmetic dentistry focuses on the soft tissue in your mouth, your gums, connective tissue, blood vessels, fat, muscles, and the lining of your lips and cheeks. The field is dedicated to correcting imperfections as related to this tissue.

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Cosmetic dentistry is also about less invasive teeth repair touchups that enhance the overall aesthetic appearance of one’s mouth and face. While usually of an elective nature, cosmetic dentistry can still provide a valuable restorative solution. So whether your concern is the color of your teeth, their position, shape, alignment, or overall smile appearance, cosmetic dentistry might be the right solution for you.

Dental Implants

Due to their noteworthy ability to transform a person’s smile and physical appearance dental implants are considered a component of cosmetic dentistry. Dental implants are titanium screws drilled into a patient’s jawbone. The implant is fitted with a connective device called an abutment and the abutment is topped with the artificial tooth, or crown. At the Centers for Dental Implants, implant surgery is one of our main focuses (single implants, multiple implants, or All-on-Four). If you’re interested in learning about our dental implant treatment options, click on the link that discusses implant placement in greater detail and feel free to contact us via phone or email with any additional questions you may have.

Dentures

Dentures are all about providing patients with a balance between function, aesthetics and cost. For some patients leery of extensive surgery dentures is a great choice. Dentures are prosthetic appliances attached to patients’ upper or lower jaw through a variety of methods, including adhesives, implants, natural suction, and other innovative approaches. For a more thorough review of dentures, please visit the Centers for Dental Implants section dedicated to this topic.

Spacing Correction (Diastema)

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Cosmetic Bonding, Crowns, & Veneers

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Composite Bonding

Composite bonding or simply bonding is the process by which composite materials are glued on to your existing teeth. The composite is made from an enamel-like material that closely resembles natural teeth. Once placed the material is sculpted into shape, allowed to harden and then polished. Typical examples of a bonding procedure involve what’s known as “inlays and onlays.” For definitional purposes we’ll keep it simple:

Inlays – An inlay is a premolded filling custom fit into the grooves of a tooth. These indentations are designed to not extend over the cusps of tooth and the procedure is one that’s used to repair a tooth after it has been injured or has experienced decay that does not affect the cusps of the tooth. In order to determine whether an inlay makes the most sense one of our dentists will take an impression and send it to the lab. Inlays are made from porcelain or composite resin. The color will be matched exactly to your tooth. The repair is nearly invisible.
Onlays – An onlay is similar to an inlay but it’s typically used on a tooth with more serious damage. That means damage to the “cusp” or tips of the tooth. The biting surface may be impacted too. As with other procedures the dentist will numb the patient with a local anesthetic. The dentist will then drill the tooth to clean out the cavity. Decayed matter is removed and a temporary inlay is inserted. Meanwhile the patient’s impressions are sent off to the lab. Once the permanent onlays are delivered another appointment will be scheduled to fit the final onlay in place.

Veneers

Veneers are a thin piece of porcelain placed over your natural teeth. Unlike more invasive crowns or braces, veneers are capable of improving a host of minor imperfections in teeth alignment, fractures, chips, and coloration. They can also add strength and resiliency to your teeth. Because veneers are bonded to your teeth this is a permanent solution and should be considered carefully. The veneer-fitting process takes one to two appointments. Prefabricated veneers usually takes one appointment. If the lab is manufacturing it takes two appointments. Care for your veneers is as simple as basic upkeep: brush and floss regularly, though you may want to limit beverages that stain your teeth.

Smile Makeover

Smile makeover is a term patients hear often and are sometimes left a little confused. Smile makeover isn’t a specific treatment, per se, rather it is a collection of the treatments listed above. Included in the smile makeover process is careful review of a variety of maxillofacial aesthetics including:

  • The smile line: is an imaginary line that tracks the perimeter of your upper teeth. This line should be the same as the curve of your lower lip when smiling. The point of reference may be used to help determine how long your new teeth should be.
  • Tooth Proportions: Your cosmetic dentist will examine your teeth to determine their proportions and how each tooth fits related to the other, kind of like a jigsaw puzzle. According to most people, the ideal smile is one where the two central front teeth dominate and have a width-to-length ratio of 4-to-5.
  • Texture and Characterization: An artistic/cosmetic dentist can characterize your crowns or veneers to craft a more feminine or more masculine look Regardless of which you choose, your cosmetic dentist is committed to creating a look and feel that closely matches (nearly indistinguishable) from your natural teeth.

Taken in whole, a smile makeover can have a profound impact on your sense of self. New confidence thanks to your new smile has the potential to positively transform many aspects of your life!

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For more information about teeth whitening or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Garg and his team, contact the Center for Dental Implants at one of our locations around Miami today!

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