Many people choose cosmetic dentistry treatment because your smile is regarded as an important part of your personality. In creating an attractive smile, the cosmetic services offered by your Waterloo dentist also ensure your teeth are doing their job properly – playing a major role in digestion and speech and allowing you to enjoy your food.
Benefits of cosmetic dentistry at your Waterloo dentist include:
- Giving you brighter teeth.
- Improving the shape and alignment of teeth.
- Fixing unsightly gaps between teeth.
- Improving bite function.
- Fixing broken, chipped or decayed teeth.
While focusing on improving a patient’s smile, cosmetic dentistry also embraces restorative treatments such as crowns and fillings. Cosmetic dentistry procedures at your Waterloo dentist include:
Teeth whitening by a dental professional provides an effective alternative to over-the-counter dental bleaching products. Bleaching agents used by your Waterloo dentist are generally much stronger than those available in store-bought kits, and a combination of heat and light may be used to intensify the whitening process.
Porcelain dental veneers – tooth-coloured shells –are cemented onto the front of teeth to enhance the appearance of your smile by disguising stains or cracks or closing spaces between teeth. They also protect the surface of the tooth from damage. Veneers are custom-made for each patient, and new materials have enabled veneers to be made even thinner, so the outer surface of the tooth doesn’t have to be trimmed back.
The damaged or decayed area of a tooth is removed and filled with a composite material. These fillings are tooth coloured so closely match your teeth for aesthetic purposes.
Porcelain crowns replace the exterior part of a tooth to improve its appearance. They also boost a tooth’s strength and function.
Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A fixed dental bridge can replace a single tooth or a few teeth. The porcelain tooth is fixed in place with hidden clasps. The artificial tooth is called a pontic.
Porcelain inlays are used to treat moderate damage or decay to teeth while maintaining a pleasing appearance.
Similar to inlays, a porcelain onlay extends to replace the cusp of a tooth. Inlays and onlays are often referred to by your dentist as indirect fillings or partial crowns.