Everyone should be able to say that they love their smile. These elective procedures may not have a direct effect on your oral health, but they can leave you feeling more confident about yourself and give you a dazzling grin that can help you find success in your career and your social life. If you have a chipped, stained, or irregularly shaped tooth that has always caught your eye whenever you’ve looked in the mirror, call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss cosmetic dentistry in Trumbull, CT with Dr. Cappello to take the first step towards a brighter smile.
Veneers can be used to make many different corrections. They can close small gaps, hide discolored teeth that don’t respond to whitening procedures, cover minor chips and cracks, and improve the appearance of a misshapen or slightly misaligned tooth. Each veneer is carefully designed so that when it is placed on the front of your teeth, it blends right in so as to keep your smile looking as natural as possible. Also, veneers are not as porous as tooth enamel, so they do not stain easily.
A crown is normally used to restore a tooth’s size, strength, and function. With a metal-free crown, you can add “appearance” to that list. Today’s crowns are made out of a hard porcelain that can last for a very long time even with the daily stress of biting and chewing. Every crown is carefully personalized so that it fits comfortably in the mouth and blends right in with the rest of the natural teeth in terms of both size and color.
Cosmetic bonding is a quick answer for a small chip, crack, or stain that might have appeared on your tooth. The process is done with a special dental composite that matches the appearance of enamel. Composite resin is often used to fill cavities, but it also has a number of cosmetic applications. Unlike veneers, cosmetic bonding can be done in just one visit, leaving you with a dramatically improved smile in much less time.
Teeth often appear darker because of stain molecules that have become trapped with the enamel and dentin over time. Conventional whitening products like the kind you might buy at the grocery store won’t remove these troublesome molecules. The peroxide gel used during a professional KoR whitening treatment, on the other hand, can penetrate the tooth and seek out the stains wherever they are. Whether you choose an in-office treatment or an at-home kit, the brilliant results will speak for themselves.
If you want to get the best results from tooth whitening, the type of system used matters. Our office offers KoR whitening, which employs highly potent whitening gels containing hydrogen peroxide. When hydrogen peroxide breaks down, some of the byproducts – known as bleaching factors – are able to penetrate the teeth in order to break up staining particles that are hiding beneath the enamel. The result? A smile that’s several shades brighter thanks to a system that addresses tooth stains at the source.
If your teeth look short or asymmetrical, it could be a problem with the gum line. Ideally, little of your gum tissue should be visible whenever you smile. If too much can be seen whenever you pull back your lips, we can use gum recontouring to get rid of whatever isn’t needed. Some people may naturally develop a gummy smile, but it can also be a side effect of braces; whatever the cause, you’ll need professional help to correct the problem.