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The Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

There's no need to live with a damaged or unattractive smile. Your Bridgeport, CT, dentist, Dr. Adriana Torena, offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services that will improve your smile.

Teeth whitening renews dull smiles

Dull, yellow teeth can be transformed with teeth whitening. During your visit to the Bridgeport dental office, your dentist will apply a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to your teeth that will eliminate stains and brighten your smile. Whitening takes about an hour and can lighten your teeth by as much as eight shades.

Bonding repairs minor damage or corrects flaws

Bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry treatments, yet offers impressive results. Composite resin, a flexible material made of powdered glass and plastic, is applied to your teeth, shaped and cured with a blue light. As the light hardens the material, it also bonds it to your teeth. Composite resin is available in multiple tooth-colored shades.

Your dentist may suggest bonding to reattach a small broken piece of a tooth, fill in a chip, cover a shallow crack, hide discolorations, change the shape or length of a tooth, or fill a tooth.

Crowns offer multiple benefits for teeth

Crowns restore damaged teeth, protect fragile teeth, or improve the appearance of problem teeth. The restorations slide over the visible parts of your teeth and are made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin.

Your dentist may recommend a crown to restore the normal shape or length of a broken tooth. The restorations strengthen fragile or weak teeth and prevent them from breaking. A crown may be a good option if a tooth is brittle or has weakened due to a crack or dental procedure. Crowns can also improve the way an oddly shaped tooth looks, lengthen a short tooth, or hide discolorations and other imperfections.

Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth

Dental implants are small titanium posts placed in your jawbone during minor surgery. The posts act as replacement roots and anchor dental crowns added to the tops of the implants. Over the course of three to six months, the implants bond to your jawbone and become a permanent part of your mouth.

Implants are the only restoration method that replaces both the roots and the crowns of missing teeth. They feel very much like natural teeth and can be used to restore any number of missing teeth.

Could a cosmetic dentistry treatment or restoration enhance your smile? Call your dentist in Bridgeport, CT, Dr. Torena, at (203) 368-9016 to schedule your appointment.

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