of cosmetic dental enhancements range from teeth whitening and bonding
to procedures expensive and complex as full dental implants.
whitening is by far the simplest procedure, calling for a
custom-fit plastic tray filled with whitening gel that fits
over the patient's teeth. The treatment which takes a few
hours a day over several weeks is the easiest method for achieving
a complete smile makeover.
For chipped or broken teeth,
several procedures - such as dental bonding, porcelain veneers or
dental crowns - can make the surface of a worn or decayed teeth
look as good as new.
bonding merely calls for a white filling material that is applied
to the surrounding tooth to restore its natural appearance, and
when chipped or broken can be easily patched. For longer lasting
tooth surfaces, more expensive porcelain
veneers can be applied in much the same way.
For the most durable of
repairs, dental crowns
encase the entire tooth in a protective covering above the gum line,
although the procedure usually entails trimming away most of the
natural tooth to make way for the crown.
implants are are top-of-the-line procedure that have the unique
benefit of looking and feeling like your own teeth, literally screwed
into or permanently attached in some other way to the jawbone.
cosmetic dentistry, veneers and implants around the Web:
Find out more on the Web
at top sites offering news and information, pictures, illustrations
and expert tips and advice on cosmetic dentistry....
- Cosmetic Dentistry - One-stop browsing for links
to the subject including bridges, crowns, tooth whitening,
dental implants, with related glossaries, directories and
Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- A virtual clearinghouse of information on the topic featuring
information on how to select a cosmetic dentist, patient literature
on teeth whitening, veneers and more in PDF format, multimedia
presentations, related photo galleries, database of accredited
cosmetic dentists searchable by U.S. state or Canadian province,
FAQ, case studies.
Dentistry Smile Makeovers - An extensive collection
of before-and-after photos illustrating typical procedures
including teeth whitening, bonding, veneers and crowns.
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.