growing number of Americans that have taken the steps toward
improving the look of their smile say they are much happier with
their lives. After a few simple cosmetic dentistry procedures, they
feel more confident in both professional and social situations and
often outshine others in photographs. Robert
F. Treado, DMD
and others in the surrounding area know first-hand how cosmetic
dentistry has helped their patients look better and feel better.
those who drink coffee on a regular basis and want to reduce or
eliminate stains and discoloration, Robert F. Treado, DMD, as well as
others, recommend whitening their teeth. It is simple, cost effective
and the results can be quite dramatic. Although you can have a
mouthpiece custom made and give the at-home whitening system a try,
most people undergo the accelerated in-office procedure where a
dentist bleaches the teeth using a safe, effective and painless
method that whitens teeth immediately rather than having to wait four
whitening is not permanent; so once you make the investment, the best
way to keep your teeth white and bright is to avoid dark beverages
such as coffee and soda, and to take good care of your teeth.
you have excess space between your teeth, or if they are chipped,
broken, stained, and cracked it is recommended to undergo bonding.
This inexpensive cosmetic dentistry procedure lasts for several
years, and a dentist can usually do this procedure in a single visit.
Its success is due in large part to the etching solution and
composite resin that is directly applied to the tooth’s surface.
Dentists also use bonding materials to fill small cavities or to
protect the exposed root of a tooth.
F. Treado, DMD will
agree that one of the disadvantages is that cosmetic bonding is not
as durable, or as long-lasting as veneers or other cosmetic dentistry
procedures and patients should expect to undergo a procedure every
two to three years.
Veneers are a thin shell of ceramic that bonds directly to the front
side of a tooth and look virtually indistinguishable from natural
teeth. Although it requires the patient to make three individual
appointments and can be quite expensive depending on the total
number, porcelain veneers have the ability to change a patient’s
improve the color and shape of each tooth, as well as improve teeth
with gaps, or teeth that are chipped, worn or have stains. Veneers
have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and
highly resist permanent staining from coffee and tea.
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