Smile enhancement achieved with cosmetic dentistry can have profound effects on your overall appearance; even the smallest step can boost your confidence, self-esteem, and make you want to smile more.
With modern advances in dentistry, cosmetic procedures can range from a basic color correction to replacing missing teeth and everything in between. Explore your options by starting with familiar procedures, then learning more about what can be offered by Dr. Lowenguth’s use of modern technology.
Most teeth can be whitened (some call it bleaching) and there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. External tooth whitening happens when vital teeth are bleached by direct contact with a safe and commonly used whitening agent, either in a dental office or at home. This means that in most situations, tooth whitening is possible and safe. More on Teeth Whitening
Dentists no longer rely on unsightly metals to replace tooth structure lost to decay. Today, we use high density, leading edge plastic (composite resins) and porcelain materials. These materials offer the look, feel, and function of your own teeth and actually bond directly to the remaining enamel and dentin. This enables new fillings preserve more of the natural tooth so less repair work is necessary during the repair and in the future. These modern filling materials are also more natural in appearance; it’s almost impossible to tell that your tooth has a filling. Learn More.
Many adults already have existing metal fillings, which do not lend themselves well to replacement with composite resins. The choice of materials is a matter of discussion between you and Dr Lowenguth. More about Fillings
While dentures have been considered a tried and true method for tooth replacement for years, they come with their own set of issues. The main problem is that dentures rest on teeth and gums for stability, which can encourage bone loss, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. However, dentures can be relined every few years to compensate for bone loss and any compromised facial integrity.
There have also been many advances in dentures. An overdenture retained by implants may be an option. Overdentures are a combination of traditional dentures and the newer science of dental implants to prevent bone loss that could result from dentures alone. More about Dentures
Dental implants replace the roots of lost teeth. A dental implant–along with a crown built on the implant–replaces a missing tooth or teeth and helps to maintain the bone support of the adjacent teeth, extending their life span. Dental implants are considered a permanent service and can be expected, in most cases, to last many, many years. They are the optimum choice for replacing missing teeth. A tooth replaced with a dental implant should be imperceptible from a natural tooth. More about Dental Implants
Bonding is a process where the dentist attaches or “bonds” materials directly to the tooth. Advancements in dental bonding materials, such as porcelains and composite resins, can now more accurately replicate natural tooth structure, appearance, and function. Through bonding techniques, natural tooth enamel and dentin are fused to create a strong structure that looks and reacts much like the original tooth. This procedure is an excellent solution to chipped teeth and also serves as a superior filling material over metals. More abut Bonding
Porcelain Veneers, Crowns & Bridges
Porcelain is often selected for aesthetic reasons because of its remarkable property to mimic natural tooth structure. Today’s materials are lifelike and very durable. Ask Dr Lowenguth or a member of our team about the dental material choices that may be used to rejuvenate your smile. In addition to being an aesthetically pleasing material, porcelain is the strongest cosmetic tooth-colored material and it can withstand normal dental function when maintain properly. More about Veneers