Cosmetic Dentistry...Brighter Smiles!
Cosmetic Dentistry is a great way to find out how you can have brighter teeth, shapelier gums, a natural-looking smile and renewed confidence. Recommended treatment options may include porcelain or minimal-prep veneers or full-coverage porcelain crowns for flawed front teeth.

• Smile Makeover: There are many different options to renew your smile such as cosmetic bonding and contouring, full-coverage porcelain crowns/veneers and dental bonding. Dr. Bryant will help you assess the pros and cons of each option such as longevity, natural appearance, propensity to get stained from what you drink or eat (coffee, tea) functionality and a cost that fits within your budget.

• Teeth Whitening: We recommend our tray whitening system where we take impressions of your teeth and then create a plaster cast to make flexible plastic molds (or trays). Offering extra flexibility, you can take the materials home and apply them at your convenience.

• Bonding/Contouring: This is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured, or discolored tooth. The procedure is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth, and it can usually be done in a single visit. Bonding is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer, change the shape or color of teeth, or protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede. Dr. Bryant will use a shade guide to select the composite resin color that will most closely match with the tooth’s color.

• Veneers: Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of the teeth, providing a natural, attractive look. They can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven, or abnormally spaced teeth. Veneers are made from a customized mold to achieve a proper fit, and the two most common materials used are composite resin and porcelain.

• Porcelain Crowns/ Dental Bridges: Porcelain crowns and dental bridges are two things that will improve the appearance of your smile and help decrease the likelihood of potential problems caused by missing teeth: speech difficulties, bite disturbances (malocclusion), teeth shifting, TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), and an increased risk for gum disease and tooth decay. Our goal with dental bridges and crowns is to maximize your dental function (chewing swallowing, etc.) as well as improve your smile with a natural appearance.

The need for a crown can be caused by a variety of factors such as cracks or stress lines in a person’s tooth resulting from unconscious clenching or grinding of teeth while sleeping. A crown can help prevent further damage to your tooth that requires more costly repairs.

Silver fillings can break down and wear away which may necessitate doing a new filling or crown to prevent difficulties such as pain, a tooth breaking and having to be extracted out of your mouth instead of saved, or a tooth breaking down and causing nerve damage. Crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth as closely as possible.

A dental bridge is “fixed” which means it is not removable after placement inside the mouth, and there are three types of dental bridges:

• Conventional Bridge: requires shaping of the two natural teeth next to the missing tooth. After a porcelain crown is placed on each shaped tooth, the two crowns are attached to an artificial tooth called a pontic.

• Cantilever: similar to a conventional bridge except that it is done when there is no neighboring tooth on one side of the gap. The two teeth on the other side are crowned and then support the pontic.

• Resin-Bonded Bridge: usually replaces missing front teeth and requires healthy
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