What is Cosmetic Dentistry? in Schaumburg, IL

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

September 15, 2015

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is defined as dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite but is not required for improving the function of the teeth. Schaumburg Dental Studio offers a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry, including:

Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and can even enhance your smile! There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing while partial dentures are used when several teeth are missing.

Veneers

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a veneer is a “thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.” They are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel during a series of in-office procedures.

Bridges

There are three main types of dental bridges: 1. Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth, 2. an implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic, or “dummy tooth”, in between and 3. Cantilever bridges, which are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.

Zoom whitening

This is a process that uses a 25% hydrogen peroxide gel. A special UV light activates the gel. Your eyes, lips, and gums are completely covered and protected throughout the entire procedure.

Teeth whitening

Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). This bleaching break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

Dental implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. Compared to dentures, bridges and crowns, dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth or chronic dental problems. Because they fit, feel and function like natural teeth, dental implants are quickly becoming the new standard in tooth replacement.

Porcelain veneers

Veneers are one of the simplest and most attractive ways to transform your smile. By bonding these very thin pieces of durable, medical-grade porcelain to the front of your teeth, dentists are able to provide huge cosmetic and structural benefits. Veneers can be used as an alternative to crowns and lengthy whitening programs.

Porcelain crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth in order to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

Porcelain bridges

A porcelain bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics.

Porcelain inlays/Onlays

These are custom-made porcelain fillings. Old-fashioned metal fillings look unsightly and gradually weaken a tooth. In fact, research shows metal fillings contribute to tooth fractures. Inlays and Onlays are permanently bonded to the tooth for added strength and a virtually undetectable restoration.

Composite fillings

This material is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites fillings are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

If you’re looking for a competent professional cosmetic dentist, please call to set up a consultation and see what the friendly experts at Schaumburg Dental Studio have to offer. We proudly serve Hoffman Estates, Hanover Park, Roselle, Palatine, Streamwood, Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove Village, Arlington Heights, Bartlett and the greater Chicagoland area. Call us today to set up an appointment with our expert staff.

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