Columbia cosmetic dentistry allows you to smile with confidence. Often, people who have
are self-conscious and avoid smiling or place one hand in front of their mouths when they smile. We believe life is too short not to smile as much as you can. There is a solution to this problem—consult with a dentist about improving your smile.
A veneer hides that chip or crack with an ultrathin porcelain shell. This shell covers the top surface of a healthy tooth to camouflage that imperfection. It takes three visits to get your veneer. The first is a consultation where you talk with the dentist about your concerns. The dentist examines your mouth to make sure this is the best solution for your chipped tooth.
At the second visit, the dentist removes enamel and makes an impression of your tooth to send to a lab. At the third visit when your veneer is ready, your dentist checks the fit and color and then uses a dental cement, so the veneer adheres to your tooth. That veneer covers the chip for a flawless smile.
Lumineers are a brand of veneers that are thinner than regular veneers, as well as translucent. These are so thin that no enamel needs to be removed. Instead, the dentist does a little bit of etching to rough up the tooth’s surface to make it easier for the Lumineer to adhere.
Bonding is another dental procedure for repairing a chipped tooth. In this treatment, the bonding material is applied to the surface of your tooth to fill in the flaw, whether chip or crack. What happens during this treatment is the dentist roughs up the surface of your tooth, puts on a conditioning liquid, and applies the resin. Then, the material is shaped to cover the imperfection with a special light to harden the bonding material. Your tooth is trimmed, shaped, and polished for a flawless appearance.
Take the time to check out the credentials of a dentist you choose for veneers or bonding. Look for a dentist who takes continuing education, belongs to professional associations, and has positive patient reviews. Dr. Daniel Stewart of Smile Savers Family Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland, meets all these criteria, so call him for a consultation about cosmetic dental services.