A variety of cosmetic dental procedures are available to give you the smile you desire. Dental bonding, contouring, veneers and teeth whitening can all improve your smile in different ways. Frequently asked questions about each of these procedures are addressed below. Dr. Colin Osborne, your Lumberton, NC dentist, performs theses cosmetic dental procedures, as well as many others.
What is Bonding?
Dental bonding conceals and corrects cosmetic imperfections, such as discolorations, cracks and chips. A resin material is used to cover problem areas on teeth. As the material dries and hardens, it bonds with the tooth. Once dry, the material will look like part of the natural tooth, while concealing any imperfections. In addition to concealing imperfections on teeth, bonding can also be used to fill in gaps between teeth.
What is Contouring?
Contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure used for reshaping imperfect teeth. To perform cosmetic contouring, your Lumberton dentist gently and strategically removes a small amount of enamel from the problem tooth to alter its shape and appearance. Contouring can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, crooked or overlapping.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are extremely thin covers for cosmetically imperfect teeth. Such teeth are given a new “front” with no imperfections for a better smile. Veneers are applied to the front of teeth to cover up such problems as stains, discolorations, chips or cracks. Installation of veneers is permanent so there is very little risk of them falling off or slipping out of place. Additionally, once installed, veneers look natural and blend in with the surrounding teeth.
What are the Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening?
A large assortment of do-it-yourself teeth whitening remedies are available over-the-counter. However, none of these options deliver the same level of results as professional teeth whitening treatments applied by your Lumberton dentist’s office. The whitening agents in professional treatments are of a higher quality. Further, the results of professional whitening treatments can last for up to five years, much longer than over-the counter products.
Various cosmetic dentistry procedures are available for helping you achieve the smile of your dreams. If you are interested in dental bonding, cosmetic contouring, veneers or professional teeth whitening treatments, schedule an appointment with Dr. Osborne, your Lumberton, NC dentist, by calling the office at (910) 738-9396.