At ColumbiaDoctors Dentistry, we can help you brighten your smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry is the general term used for procedures that focus on the appearance of your smile. Cosmetic Dentistry crosses all specialties and offers a wide range of options, including tooth-whitening, braces, and crowns. While the focus of Cosmetic Dentistry is on aesthetics, close attention is always paid to your overall oral health.
Your general dentist can go over the range of cosmetic procedures that might be appropriate for you. Some procedures can be performed by your dentist, and others will require a specialist. At ColumbiaDoctors Dentistry you'll almost always be able to find all the care you need in one office so that your experience can be as seamless as possible. Our dentists and specialists are dedicated to helping you improve your smile and your oral health.
- Teeth Whitening
- Composite Bonding
- Dental Veneers
- Porcelain Inlays/Onlays
- Dental Implants
- Smile Makeover
- Full Mouth Reconstructions
Teeth become discolored for many reasons, including smoking, taking certain medications, and drinking beverages that stain, such as coffee and tea. Your dentist can whiten your teeth using a chemical bleaching process that can take place in the office or at home. In-office whitening involves a stronger solution and generally takes one or more visits; at-home whitening, while more convenient, can take two to four weeks.
Bonding is used to improve your the appearance of your teeth by filling in chips, cracks, and spaces, or covering stains. Bonding material, called composite resin, looks and functions like the natural tooth; it is also used to fill small cavaties or to protect exposed roots. During the procedure, your dentist applies tooth-colored materials directly to the surface of the tooth. Bonding usually takes place in a single office visit and generally lasts for several years.
Veneers are custom-made porcelain shells used to imitate the natural color and shape of your tooth and improve your tooth's strength and resilience. Veneers can be a good solution for stained teeth that don't respond to whitening, chipped or worn teeth, or teeth that have spaces between them. Because they are custom made for your teeth, they look better than bonding and cost less than crowns.
Once you and your dentist have decided that veneers are a good solution for you, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth and make the veneers. You will need to come in for another visit to have them cemented into place. First, your dentist will remove a tiny layer of the tooth's enamel, then fix the veneer to the tooth with cement. You can expect your teeth to feel sensitive for a few days due to the removal of enamel, but the feeling should disappear quickly and your veneers will look and feel exactly like your normal teeth.
Porcelain Inlays/Onlays are custom-made inserts that can be used to replace metal fillings or fill larger cavities when you want them to look more natural. They are strong enough to prevent further decay once they are bonded to the tooth, and they look and feel exactly like your normal tooth. Porcelain Inlay/Onlays last a long time and are stain resistant.
Inlays are placed inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is similar to the inlay but more substantial, extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth. Because they are custom-made in a lab, Inlays/Onlays require two visits, first to prepare the tooth and then place the Inlay or Onlay.