CrownsA crown is a restoration used to strengthen a tooth and improve its shape and contours. Most often, crowns are used for teeth that are fractured, decayed, worn, or have been previously treated with a root canal. A crown is cemented onto the underlying tooth for full coverage above the gum-line. Crowns can be made out of porcelain, metal, or both. To achieve ideal esthetics and strength, porcelain crowns are often the treatment of choice. A crown is customized in a dental lab after an impression is taken at the initial visit. When the clinician determines a crown fits correctly, it is permanently cemented or bonded.
Tooth whitening (bleaching) brightens teeth that are discolored or stained. Bleaching may be done completely in the dental office or the dentist may dispense a system for you to use at home.
Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them. With bonding, tooth-colored materials are applied, or bonded, to the tooth surface.
Enamel shaping involves modifying teeth to improve their appearance by removing or contouring enamel. The process, which often is combined with bonding, usually is quick and comfortable and the results can be seen immediately.
Veneers are thin custom-made shells designed to cover the front side of teeth. Made of tooth-colored materials, veneers are used to treat spaces between teeth and teeth that are chipped or worn, permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.