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Cosmetic Dentistry|Towson Dentist


Cosmetic dentistry helps improve your smile and your self-confidence. Cosmetic dentistry can correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when you are smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when you are talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired or improved to give a stunning look your smile. Our teeth whitening methods work great for those who are not confident in the color of their teeth.

We offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry options. Some of these options are teeth whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and also all ceramic/porcelain crowns.

The tray method of teeth whitening involves having impressions taken, then laboratory fabricated custom trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are then worn for about 30 minutes. The entire process takes 10 days. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement in teeth whitening. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.

Dental Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking and smiling. The procedure can be direct as well as indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth while using bonding. This method is presently referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are also given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are also removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are presently made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or when the tooth has little structure.