If you maintain good oral health with regular cleanings and exams, you may be a candidate for cosmetic dental procedures. These procedures go beyond the basics of general and preventive dentistry, which focuses of oral hygiene. Cosmetic dentistry focuses primarily on improving the appearance of your teeth so they are whiter and brighter. Transforming your smile can provide a significant boost for your self-image and confidence.
We provide the following types of cosmetic dentistry services:
- Porcelain veneers
- Ceramic crowns
- Teeth whitening
- Laser gum therapy
Veneers, made of porcelain, are thin artificial coverings that are adhesively bonded over the front of your natural tooth. Veneers are used to close spaces between teeth, protect a chipped or cracked tooth from further damage or lengthen teeth.
A crown is a “cap” that is created to replace a tooth. The crown is bonded to an existing tooth or to a dental implant. They are created in a lab based on molds that are made from impressions of your teeth. Crowns are typically porcelain or ceramic, but can also be made from gold or metal.
The most common cosmetic dentistry procedure is teeth whitening. Everyone wants a bright, white smile. Teeth can become discolored from smoking, the types of food you eat and the beverages you drink – such as coffee, tea, and wine. Teeth whitening can be done in the dentist office, or in the privacy of your own home. The Zoom!® Professional Whitening System is a bleaching process performed in a dentist’s office and can lighten teeth up to eight shades. At-home teeth whitening systems such as Opalescence, offers professional whitening results in the comfort of your own home.
Laser Gum Therapy
If you have an overly gummy smile or early signs of periodontal disease, you may be a candidate for laser therapy. Compared to traditional periodontal treatments, laser gum therapy is much less invasive. The dentist uses a special light to remove inflamed or infected gum tissue, then the dentist removes all plaque from below the gum line, leaving a smooth, clean surface. Most patients do not need anesthesia, and bleeding, pain, and swelling are greatly reduced compared to oral surgery. As a result, recovery and healing times are shorter. Lasers can also target the areas that need treatment with unmatched precision and accuracy.
The dentists at Wasserman Cosmetic and Family Dentistry want to help you achieve your perfect smile. Call us today at (718) 548-6900 to schedule your appointment. One of our helpful staff will be happy to assist you.