How do you feel when you look in the mirror? Are you satisfied with your smile? Or are you afraid to show your teeth? If you don’t feel confident smiling in public, then you should consider contacting Eten Dental in Bayside, NY to discuss cosmetic restoration of your smile. Cosmetic restoration refers to several procedures that are designed to help improve the way your teeth look. Once you have a cosmetic restoration, you will never have to hide your smile again.
At Eten Dental, we specialize in cosmetic restoration and would love to consult with you about how we can improve your oral health and the aesthetic of your teeth. Dr. Hwang is highly experienced in cosmetic and general dentistry and has performed thousands of procedures in our New York family dental offices.
Cosmetic Restoration Procedures
There are many different kinds of cosmetic restoration procedures that Eten Dental can perform. Each procedure accomplishes something different. Since no two people are alike, Dr. Hwang and the staff of Eten Dental will perform a thorough assessment of your teeth and make the best treatment recommendation for you.
Before you decide which procedures may be good options, you should be aware of the pros and cons of all the potential restoration procedures. Here is a list of the most common procedures:
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that cover the surface of the teeth. Dental veneers are common and most patients are very happy with the results. If Dr. Hwang thinks you will benefit from veneers and your teeth are in the right condition, he will recommend the procedure.
Dental veneers are usually made from porcelain or composite resin. They are placed on top of the surface of the teeth and they have many benefits. First and foremost, veneers hide flaws in a person’s front teeth. Since the front teeth are the first things other people notice when you talk or smile, it’s important to make a great impression. Veneers also hide cracks and stains. They are usually not put on the molars or on the back teeth, since they are not designed for those teeth. If you need to protect the teeth in the back of your mouth, most dentists recommend a crown.
Dr. Hwang will determine how many veneers will be used in your mouth. He will then remove the enamel from the teeth. As for how much enamel needs removed, it depends entirely on how thick your teeth are and how you want your teeth to look. Removing enamel is not as difficult as it sounds. It does not take long and is not painful. If you decide to get veneers, here are other problems that veneers can correct:
- Gaps between teeth which need to be closed
- Broken, chipped, and fractured teeth
- Teeth with bulges or craters
- Uneven and misaligned teeth
- Discolored and stained teeth
- Worn down or ground down teeth
When choosing dental veneers, the dentist will select the veneers that can be matched to your tooth color so they look natural. No extractions will be needed. Veneers resist staining, so they have the added benefit of not changing the way you eat or drink. No special care is required, so you should just continue to maintain positive oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing at least two times a day and using an antiseptic mouthwash.
Dental crowns are another very common cosmetic restoration procedure. Crowns can cover up a tooth. Crowns are also referred to as caps. The crown helps to protect teeth, but can also be utilized for a cosmetic impact as well.
The crown sits on the gum line, meaning it does not go under the gum line like other dental procedures. Once the crown is ready, it is cemented into place. The entire tooth will be covered up by the crown.
In most cases, you will get a temporary crown before the permanent crown is placed over the tooth. This lets you get used to the crown and also helps the dentist ensure that it has the best fit. Although crowns were once silver in color, they are now usually closely matched to the color of your natural teeth.
There are many reasons why patients elect to get a crown, including:
- To protect a fractured or broken tooth
- To improve the way a tooth looks
- To improve the way a tooth is shaped
- To support a tooth that is decaying
- To cover up teeth that are stained or discolored
Not every reason is applicable to every person and you may have a reason that is not listed here. By choosing a cosmetic crown, you have the option to pick the material you want. Although most of the time patients chose porcelain, there are other possibilities: ceramic, resin, porcelain fused-to-metal, or all-metal are other alternatives. Dr. Hwang will help you make an informed decision about what is best for you.
Your Cosmetic Restoration Consultation
When you call Eten Dental, the professional staff will talk with you about the options for crowns for your teeth. You can also discuss whether veneers are an option for you.
Before either procedure, Dr. Hwang will take x-rays of your teeth and perform an oral exam to ensure there are no underlying problems. If you need additional preparation work, Dr. Hwang will inform you at this time. Here’s how it works: if you want a veneer on your tooth but the tooth has a cavity, the cavity will need to be filled first. That means the first step will be getting a filling. Once the filling has been completed, you can move forward with the cosmetic procedure.
Schedule Your Appointment with New York’s Eten Dental
To weigh your options, simply give Eten Dental a call and schedule an appointment. The skilled professionals at Eten Dental will be happy to talk about the things you want to change about your smile and guide you through the process. We offer cosmetic consultations that will give you confidence about your smile for years to come.