Common procedure in cosmetic dentistry are bleaching, bonding, porcelain
crowns, gold crowns. All are performed most often on front teeth.
Bleaching- works on teeth much as it does on clothes. It lightens
stains caused by coffee, tea, food, tobacco, and age. Durability:
may need touchup every year.
Bonding-restores damaged teeth that have been chipped, cracked,
misaligned, or discolored. A plastic resin, somewhat like putty, is
used to rebuild the teeth and make them look natural. Durability:
bonded tooth usually last three to five years before it needs a touchup
to correct wear or discoloration.
Porcelain Veneers-are hard, tooth shaped shells adhere to the
surface of prepared teeth in much the same way that false fingernails
are applied. Veneers correct or camouflage the same problems that
bonding does----discoloration, damage or misalignment--but the veneers
last longer. Durability: the lifespan is roughly 4 years or
Porcelain Crowns-cover the entire tooth with a thin layer of
metal for durability. Crowns can be made to match and shade or shape.
Durability: The lifespan is 5 to 20 years and longer.
Gold Crowns-are made form 22k gold, used for appearance, or
to decrease close spaces between the teeth.