At Crosby Dentistry, we believe every smile is beautiful, but if there are aspects of your smile that you’d like to improve, you’re certainly not alone. Whether you want to make a few minor adjustments or more extensive changes, our team at Crosby Dentistry offers several cosmetic dentistry services designed to give your teeth the sparkling look you desire.
What Services Do You Offer?
Cosmetic dentistry is a highly personal process, and there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. That’s why our team at Crosby Dentistry offers many customizable services designed to meet your particular needs.
Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services we offer include:
While some patients choose just one service, we work with others to combine services to create the perfect smile. During a cosmetic dentistry consultation, Dr. Crosby can work with you to determine the best treatment plan to achieve your desired look.
What Is the Difference Between Veneers and Crowns?
Veneers and crowns cover the natural teeth to make them appear smoother, whiter, or straighter. Both options require a two-step appointment procedure and local anesthetic, and we will ensure you remain comfortable through the appointments.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain designed to fit over your natural tooth. The tooth is ground down just enough to make space for the thin veneer during the procedure. After your tooth has been reshaped, the dentist will take a wax mold of your teeth and send it to a laboratory where professionals will create your veneer.
Veneers can be made in any color of your choice. Some patients choose a natural color to match their existing teeth, while others choose a brighter color and use new veneers as an opportunity to whiten their smile. At the second appointment, your new, custom-made veneers will be permanently cemented into place, covering your natural teeth.
Crowns are similar to veneers but are larger and cover the full tooth. Crowns look and feel just like a natural tooth and are also custom-designed to fit your mouth. During the first appointment, the dentist will wear away much more of the natural tooth, leaving plenty of space to accommodate the crown. Once your custom crown is ready, Dr. Crosby will apply the new crown, cementing it over your natural tooth.
Crowns tend to be more invasive but are also stronger and longer-lasting than veneers. Adding crowns can also give you some flexibility to straighten your smile.
What Is Bonding?
Bonding is a quick and easy procedure that can improve the look of your smile. This process consists of first making a rough surface over your natural tooth using a gentle grinding tool. Then, a liquid bonding material is brushed and smoothed onto the tooth’s surface. The bonding material can be shaped to cover discoloration or repair chipped and cracked teeth. Once the tooth looks perfect, the dentist will cure the bonding agent with a special blue
light. The result is a smooth, complete, and improved smile.
How Long Do Cosmetic Procedures Last?
Different cosmetic procedures last for different amounts of time. However, many cosmetic dentistry treatments can last for 10 to 15 years. As with most dental work, you can extend the life of your smile with proper care.
To get the most out of your new veneers, crowns, or bonding, be sure to practice good dental hygiene. While brushing and flossing are essential, you should also avoid foods and drinks that may stain or damage your teeth. Also, avoid eating hard foods like nuts and ice that can crack veneers and crowns.
To learn more about the comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services available at Crosby Dentistry, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Crosby today. We look forward to helping you get the smile of your dreams.