What is the procedure for Cosmetic Dentistry?
There are three main types of Cosmetic Dentistry that we offer here at [re]Think Dentistry. All
ceramic or all porcelain crowns are available, dental veneers, also called porcelain veneers, and
teeth whitening. The procedures for each are as follows:
Crowns are made from either ceramic or porcelain, and serve as replacement teeth for
those that have been damaged from decay, fracture, or other causes. This differs from a dental implant in that the main body of the tooth remains intact. Crowns are sometimes used on top of root canals if the existing portion of your tooth is
badly decayed, and thus weak and brittle. The main body of the tooth that is getting capped gets shaped in order to have the cap
placed on top of it. Due to this shaping of the tooth, this procedure is irreversible. Just as we color match our dental implants, we will match your crowns so there is no
color variance between the new crown and the rest of your teeth. In the office we will shape your tooth to prepare it for the reception of the new crown. While the ceramic or porcelain crown is being created in the lab, we will place a
temporary crown made of plastic in its place. Once the permanent crown is completed, we will finish the procedure. The temporary cap is removed and then the ceramic or porcelain counterpart is put in its
place. A lightsensitive sealant is applied between the remaining part of your tooth and the new
cap. Once the sealant, also called resin, has UV light applied to it creates a strong bond to
hold the cap in place. Once it is in place we will do a comprehensive bite test to make sure your bite remains
unchanged. That is the conclusion of the procedure, there may be some hot and cold sensitivity for a
day or so, but should subside. Please contact us if this sensitivity continues
Dental veneers differ from crowns in that they are a thin ceramic layer that is laid over a
cracked or discolored tooth. While veneers offer the appearance of a completely brand new tooth, it is not as invasive
or comprehensive as a crown. Like crowns, veneers require .5mm of the tooth to be shaved down in order to place the
veneers. Due to this shaving of the teeth, this procedure is also considered irreversible. Before you get your veneers, we will take you smile shopping right from your chair, and
we can work through examples and actual mockups of what the veneers will look like. As this is an irreversible procedure, we want you to be completely satisfied with exactly
the way your smile is going to look.
Once you have decided on the shape, look, and color of your veneers we will send the
order for them to be fabricated. Once they are ready we remove .5mm off of the teeth that are receiving the veneers. Dental veneers are applied with that same lightsensitive resin that is used for crowns. Once the teeth have been prepped and cleaned we apply the resin and fix the veneers. Then light is then applied to make a semipermanent bond. There may be some hot and cold sensitivity in the first few days after the procedure.
Teeth whitening comes in many forms today
Although there are options to do it at home, the best results come from a whitening
session at the dentist’s office. The first step in the procedure is the application of a gel to your gums. This gel prevents
the solution that is used to whiten your teeth from irritating your gums. Once the gel is set, we begin the process of applying a liquid solution to your teeth. This solution works by cleansing the microscopic pieces of organic matter that make up
the structure of your enamel. These pieces of organic matter are susceptible to staining, and when you see yellowing
on your teeth, it is because of said organic matter being discolored. After the solution has done its work on your teeth, we then rinse that off, followed by
removal of the gel on your gums.