Producing smile makeovers, cosmetic dentistry involves using a variety of procedures to enhance a patient’s smile while concealing unsightly imperfections such as chips, cracks, stains, and gaps. With an emphasis on the aesthetics of a smile, Dr. Gregory improves smiles to restore confidence and oral function without compromising the overall oral health of a patient.
Cosmetic dental procedures are customizable to the needs of every patient. When a patient seeks to improve his or her smile, Dr. Gregory will first consult with the patient and perform an oral examination. Based on the results of the consultation and examination, our team will develop a specific treatment plan that may include short, one-visit procedures or a combination of procedures to achieve a flawless, beautiful smile.
Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures
At our practice, we offer porcelain veneers, professional teeth whitening services, and white, natural-looking restorations. Some cosmetic procedures overlap with the goals of restorative dentistry, such as white crowns and tooth-colored fillings to restore the shape and size of a tooth without using unnatural, metal restorations.
White restorations include composite resin (tooth-colored) fillings and all white crowns and bridges, which are typically made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Tooth-colored fillings are tinted to match the exact shade of natural teeth so that these restorations blend seamlessly with the tooth. White crowns and bridges are created to precise measurements in a dental laboratory just for you. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover damaged, cracked, and decayed teeth while bridges are a series of tooth-shaped crowns used to conceal missing teeth in a smile.
For patients in need of a total smile makeover, porcelain veneers provide concealment for a wide range of imperfections. These thin, shell-like pieces of porcelain are permanently bonded to the front side of teeth. Available in a variety of white shades, porcelain veneers conceal crooked and overlapped teeth along with chipped and stained teeth.