While dental implants are often the ideal solution when it comes to teeth replacements, cosmetic treatments can be just as effective. At St. Louis Prosthodontics, we offer cosmetic services for a wide variety of reasons. During your initial consultation, we will be able to determine which restoration best suits your needs!
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the structure and cosmetics of a damaged or decayed tooth. During the procedure, your tooth must be completely reshaped to accommodate the shape of the crown. Once the tooth is reshaped, we will permanently bond the crown to the enamel using a special adhesive. Many crowns are fabricated these days with porcelain, due to its unmatched aesthetics.
Ceramic veneers are usually considered a cosmetic procedure, but they do have restorative value as well. A veneer is an extremely thin shell that is bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. Veneers are frequently used to fix anterior (front) teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, broken, or abnormally shaped.
In many cases, a veneer is considered a conservative alternative to dental crowns. During a minor procedure, we remove a very small amount of enamel to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. By preserving more of the natural tooth, we improve the strength and durability of both your tooth and the restoration.
One of the most common complaints we receive involves the brightness of our patients' smiles. For this reason, we offer professional teeth whitening treatment. Teeth whitening is one of the most basic and cost-effective ways to improve your smile. Stains from certain foods, drinks, medications, and personal habits, also known as extrinsic stains, are easy to remove with a bleaching solution. However, many store-bought bleaching products leave people dissatisfied with the results. Because we are trained professionals, we use a bleaching agent with a much higher concentration than store-bought alternatives. Our whitening treatment could make your teeth up to eight shades brighter in just a single appointment!
Patients looking for a less-invasive and more cost-effective solution may benefit from dental bonding. Dental bonding involves the application of composite resin, a putty-like material, to the surface of an aesthetically displeasing tooth. For example, dental bonding is an excellent solution for minor chips or cracks. During the procedure, the composite resin will be color-matched to the existing shade of your enamel, making it virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth.
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