Cosmetic dentist Dr. Rick Root is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and he offers a variety of services to help you feel great about your smile. Dental bonding is a good solution for chips, breaks, and gaps in your front teeth. Porcelain crowns offer the strength of traditional crowns without the drawbacks. And porcelain veneers can make over your smile in as few as two visits.
Dental bonding is great for covering small imperfections in your front teeth. In this procedure, the area to be corrected is first roughened and etched. Then a bonding agent is applied, followed by composite restoration material. Dr. Root will then color and shape the material to match your natural teeth. After it’s finished, no one will be able to tell that you’ve had tooth bonding.
To make crowns strong enough for regular use, crowns have traditionally been made of porcelain fused to a metal base. The result is a very strong crown that can withstand the pressures of chewing but that are also thick and opaque to cover the darkness of the underlying metal. In addition, when the crown is first placed, the gums cover the dark base, but when they recede a bit over time, they reveal the characteristic dark gumline we associate with crowns. Porcelain crowns without the metal base became a possibility when new bonding techniques were developed in the 1980s. And the results closely mimic the translucency and color variations of natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers take over where bonding leaves off, providing a solution when there are imperfections in multiple teeth. They are thin wafers of porcelain that are precisely fitted to your teeth. The first step in this process is to listen to your ideas and aspirations and work with you on a smile design. Then you get to test drive a set of temporary veneers to make sure you’re really happy with what they look like. And finally, Dr. Root’s master ceramist Takayoshi Nishihata will create your new smile in porcelain.
Then when you’re ready to find out how these services could help you feel more confident, call us or fill out our onlineRequest an Appointment form. We’ll be happy to help you find an appointment time that fits your schedule.