Cosmetic Dentistry is dentistry that deals with fixing your smile and the general appearance of your teeth. Where cosmetic dentistry is concerned, the primary focus of Dr. Cherry is on the “Art” rather than the actual Science behind the procedure. Although cosmetic dentistry is not considered a recognized specialty in the world of dental care and profession, however it does take years of extensive studies and training to become a cosmetic dentist and be able to perform the procedures available today.
In general terms a cosmetic dentist is actually a restorative dentist who has studied and trained extensively for the concepts of smile design and the usage of dental materials that create the best possible smile for an individual. All dental treatments that involve aesthetic enhancements to your smile are considered cosmetic. They simply focus on the appearance of your teeth and help you restore their function and the overall oral health as well. A few cosmetic dentistry treatments can include the following:
- Teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Porcelain crowns
- Porcelain bridgework
- Composite bonding
- Dental implants
- Teeth straightening
- Tooth-colored filling
Dental crowns. When a tooth is missing a large portion of its enamel, a dental crown is the best type of restoration because it is a cap that completely surrounds the tooth. This way you can bite down with full force and not worry about being uncomfortable or damaging the tooth further. This is most frequently used after a root canal or when the tooth is severely cracked or chipped. Fortunately, they now come in all-ceramic and ceramic-on-metal in addition to the traditional all-metal material. This means that patients getting crowns for restorations can have natural looking teeth after the fact.
Dental veneers. If a tooth is only slightly damaged with a small chip or crack, a veneer can be used to restore it. A veneer is a thin shell that is placed on top of a natural tooth and frequently used for restorations of the front teeth. The process of placing a veneer is similar to that of a dental crown only with less tooth preparation. If you live in Charlotte, NC schedule an appointment so that we can discuss both options with you.
Tooth-colored fillings. At Dr. Cherry’s Family Dental Clinic we use tooth-colored fillings as a way to restore teeth that have had cavities. Once the decayed area of the tooth has been removed a filling is necessary to replace the missing enamel. Traditionally, this was done using silver amalgam but now we can complete dental restorations using materials that look natural so that when you smile, no one can tell that you had cavities.
Bondings. Those that need minor restorations can often benefit from a simple bonding procedure. This is popular in the Charlotte area when restoring baby teeth. Children, for example, don’t need a dental veneer on a tooth that is going to fall out in short order. With this in mind, we can keep a baby tooth in place and ensure that it is functioning properly by restoring it using a bonding procedure. Dr. Cherry will use a tooth-colored material so that it looks completely natural.