Cosmetic dentistry has become a necessity for patients who wish to correct
the look and function of their teeth. Patients can use porcelain veneers,
Snap-On Smile® appliances, and tooth bonding to give them a new smile
that is also functional. Continue reading to see some popular, and helpful,
cosmetic dentistry options.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and easiest procedures found
in cosmetic dentistry. It can be done with gel-filled trays, bleaching
lights, and bleaching strips. It is between the patient and her dentist
to determine which teeth whitening option will be the most effective.
Porcelain veneers are often used to cover teeth that have been damaged
by irreparable staining, cracks, and chips. Veneers can also cover severely
gapped teeth, if the patient does not want to utilize Invisalign braces
or another orthodontic appliance. Once the patient has decided on porcelain
veneers, a cosmetic dentist will create a custom, tooth-colored cap that
will cover the affected tooth or teeth. The dentist will shave off a thin
portion of the tooth and glue the veneer in place.
Tooth bonding fills in chips, gaps, or jagged edges. This procedure requires
a tooth-colored composite resin that is applied to the affected area.
The dentist will then cure and seal the resin with a special light. Then,
he will polish and sculpt the resin to ensure it corrects the chip or
Snap-On Smile® is a quick way to correct a smile with large gaps,
chips, or staining. This appliance is modeled after the patient’s
own teeth, and the patient can snap on a thin set of beautiful, artificial
teeth over her current teeth. The patient can then snap off the appliance
whenever she needs.
Dr. Michael J. Wei is one of New York’s sought-after cosmetic dentists
because of his broad expertise in cosmetic dental procedures. Please call our
dentist’s office in Manhattan at (212) 982-4080 to learn more about the dental services we offer.