Cosmetic dentistry is a discipline within dentistry in which the primary focus is the modification of the appearance of a patient's oral cavity and surrounding structures. Cosmetic dentistry is used in conjunction with the prevention and treatment of organic, structural or functional oral disease. Through cosmetic dentistry, the appearance of the mouth can be altered to more closely match the patient's subjective concept of what is visually pleasing.
Dental Veneers, also known as laminates are proven, durable restorations. You will be impressed with their enamel-like appearance. Veneers are quick to apply, and placing dental veneers on your teeth is painless. Dental veneers are used to cover gaps, to reshape chipped teeth or to whiten very stained teeth.
Porcelain veneers are some of the most beautiful restorations that Dr. Katya offers. Using ultra-thin porcelain veneers, we can change the size, shape and color of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin, shell-like slices of ceramic bonded to the front of the teeth. They are one the most natural-looking and long-lasting dental restorations available. The porcelain looks so incredibly real that these veneers are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
A dental crown is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth to restore normal size and shape. When a tooth is not strong enough to support a veneer, a crown can be made for instant beauty! Crowns can also be used to replace missing teeth. Dr. Steinberg uses all-ceramic and porcelain crowns to create beautiful, natural-looking smiles.
Dental crowns are versatile and can be used to replace missing teeth, restore a chipped or broken tooth, and protect decayed teeth from fracture. All Porcelain crowns are the most esthetic, natural-looking teeth available. They are perfect in color, shape and clarity. There is no metal in these crowns, giving them a most natural, life-like appearance. Beautifully translucent and made with the finest materials, all-porcelain dental crowns are some of the most attractive, natural-looking dental restorations available. » just call our office at (614) 443-3400 or schedule a free consultation.
Implants are the perfect solution for most people with missing teeth. Dental implants are metal rods about a centimeter long that are placed inside the jawbone and serve the same purpose as the roots of teeth. Dental implants are used to replace individual or multiple teeth and are becoming a popular alternative to traditional dentures.
A dental implant is a small "anchor" made of titanium. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. A prosthetic replacement tooth is then secured to the top of the implant. For example, a denture, crown or bridge. Titanium implants are very durable, and are well accepted by the human body. Whether you need to replace a single missing tooth or many teeth, dental implants are an effective and preferable treatment option.
If you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you're probably healthy enough to have an implant. Whether your missing teeth are the result of injury, disease or decay, dental implants are often the best solution. General good health and adequate bone in the jaw are the key requirements.
Bridges are tooth-colored material dental appliances (fixed or removable) replacing lost teeth. Bridgework looks and functions almost like the real thing. All-ceramic bridges can hardly be distinguished from natural teeth, are highly aesthetic, and retain a natural appearance under all light conditions.
A fixed bridge replaces one or more missing natural teeth. It cannot be removed by the patient. It is cemented into place and is firmly attached to the prepared natural teeth that are next to it. The fixed bridge can be made of porcelain fused to precious metal or all porcelain without any metal.
Given a choice, no one likes to have metal inside their mouth. Apart from being ugly, metal can damage the opposing tooth surface by abrading (wearing) it. Metal-free bridges do not damage the opposing teeth. Their greatest advantage is that minor changes can be done even after the bridges have been bonded inside the mouth.
When a mouth has significant problems such as extensive decay or gum disease, dentures can restore the smile. Creating a beautiful and well-fitting denture requires tremendous artistic and technical skills.
Complete dentures are for those who have lost most or all of their teeth. Partial dentures are suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability and speech. Dentures also provide support for facial muscles to enhance the facial appearance and smile. Dentures are no longer the only way to restore a mouth that has little or no restorable teeth. Dental implants are a great alternative to removable dentures. Implants can be used to support permanent crowns or bridges, eliminating the need for a removable denture. The cost tends to be greater, but the dental implants with permanent crowns or bridges will more closely resemble the "feel" of real teeth.
Before & After Cases
Case 1: Smile Makeover
Case 2: Porcelain Crowns
There are many ways to whiten your teeth. One option is to have your dentist add or remove tooth structure (such as porcelain laminates) but a much less costly choice is to use a bleaching agent (typically hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide).
There are three popular bleaching methods, each with pros and cons. The least expensive involves over-the-counter (OTC) bleaches you can use at home without professional help. A two-week OTC course typically costs $20-$30, and entails applying a liquid whitening agent with either a one-size-fits-all tray or by applying strips to the teeth. OTC products contain low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (3 to 6 percent) so they need to be applied more frequently or for longer periods of time than methods used by your dentist. This option does whiten, but it takes longer to see results. Plus, peroxide is acidic and can irritate gum tissue as well as cause tooth sensitivity, especially to cold. My advice is to work with your dentist so he or she can supervise your care. A professional can also determine the underlying reason for staining and help select the best whitening method.
Another option that is slightly more costly but delivers more noticeable results, is having your primary dentist take impressions of your mouth and make a custom tray that delivers the appropriate concentration of bleaching agent for your specific tooth color. This method allows for the use of greater concentrations of peroxide, ranging from 10 to 20 percent, and costs anywhere from $350 to $850. Bleaching trays work well (and fairly quickly) for most people. Another advantage: any sensitivity can be quickly diagnosed, allowing your dentist to back off on the duration or frequency of the applications. (Most sensitivity in all methods goes away with time.)
The fastest, easiest method is power bleaching by a dental professional. This is sometimes called laser bleaching, although that is not an accurate name. There are no lasers involved — the tool is a light lamp which activates the bleaching agent. The concentration is 25 to 35 percent, which is considerably higher than the other two methods. Because the higher concentration and lamp, with this technique you get instant results in one visit.