Until the advent of cosmetic dentistry, people were forced to work around any flaws in their teeth and had few options to repair broken smiles. Thankfully, it is the 21st century and there are more options than ever to tackle troublesome teeth. The following are just a few of the procedures available to help you with a healthy smile:
Porcelain veneers are ceramic ‘covers’ for problematic teeth. Each one is custom made of extremely thin material that can conceal stains, breaks, and spacing. Veneers are relatively easy to apply and can quickly and painlessly address many minor problems.
These are very similar to veneers, but they are reversible. Traditional veneers require alterations to the tooth that cannot be undone, whereas lumineers can be removed at a later date. These are particularly useful in situations that require a temporary fix so that a patient can prepare for a more extensive procedure.
Cavities require fillings in order to prevent further damage and decay. Traditional fillings are usually metal and are quite visible, which can disrupt an otherwise beautiful smile. Porcelain fillings are a fantastic alternative, providing the necessary repair with a material that blends in with natural enamel.
By applying a moldable material to the surface of teeth and then hardening it, bonding can be used to restore surfaces on teeth and provide other aesthetic improvements.
While only recently introduced to dentistry, compared to medicine, laser treatments have proven to be immensely helpful. Laser application can be used to recontour gums and provide visual enhancement to a smile that was unachievable in the past.
Simple and popular, teeth whitening is still most effective when performed by a dentist with professional-grade materials. Whitening is a quick way to rapidly improve an otherwise unsatisfactory smile.
No matter your particular need or desire, there is likely a treatment available. If you have any questions about cosmetic procedures or dental issues in general, Dr. Latinnelli’s staff is happy to answer your questions. We can be reached at 212-752-7188 and we look forward to helping you!