Cosmetic dentistry uses dental technology and time-honored techniques to make natural, beautiful changes to your teeth and to your smile. Most people think of cosmetic dentistry as tooth whitening or veneers, but it’s a bit more complex.
Dr. Sequeira can help to improve your smile, your self-esteem, and confidence. Cosmetic dentistry can be one of the most a cost-effective ways to improve your confidence. And make you want to share that smile.
Read below to learn a bit more about the cosmetic dental treatments Dr. Sequeira offers.
Teeth whitening is a process for making your smile brighter and more attractive. The many methods of teeth whitening vary widely in application time, effectiveness, cost, and degree of tooth sensitivity.
Cosmetic bonding rebuilds chips and fills in gaps with a resin that can be colored to blend with the surrounding teeth. The bonding adheres directly to the surface of the tooth and is hardened in place with bright ultraviolet light.
Crowns, or ‘caps’ are used for restoring severely decayed or fractured teeth. First, Dr. Sequeira removes the damaged portion of the tooth. Then, a unique mold is taken and used to manufacture a crown out of gold or porcelain to fit the healthy tooth. The crown is then fixed into place with special cement. Dental crowns help prevent the need for root canals and tooth extraction by reducing the risk of tooth fracture and tooth decay.
Dental veneers are custom crafted porcelain laminates fitted by a dentist over the front of an existing tooth. They bond directly to the front of the tooth, dramatically enhancing its shape, color, and appearance. Porcelain veneers can straighten a crooked smile, or take years off your look.
Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental bridges serve to replace one or more missing teeth. Dr. Sequeira prepares the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to receive crowns. Then, a false tooth is attached between the two crowns. Once the crown-false tooth-crown combination is cemented into place, it ‘bridges’ the gap left by the missing tooth. If a bridge is not possible, or the adjacent teeth don’t need crowns, dental implants may be the best alternative.
Implants are a way to replace a missing tooth while maintaining the very best in tooth function and a natural looking smile. Because dental implants can replace just a single tooth unlike a bridge, the adjacent teeth remain intact instead of needing crowns.