A cosmetic dentist practices dentistry that is targeted to create a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. At the Marciano Dental Group, Dr. Neil Marciano is a professional resource for patients wanting to maintain their health, function, and appearance of their smile for their lifetime. MDG believes that aesthetic dentistry must complement the general and oral health of the patient. Enhancements to your smile can make a dramatic difference in your overall appearance. Modern dentistry has advanced in cosmetic procedures ranging from basic color correction to replacing missing teeth, and everything in between.
Bonding provides an attachment between the filling material and the tooth’s original enamel and dentin. It looks like the original tooth and functions like it as well. Direct composite bonding is used to recreate a smile when little or no tooth reduction is necessary. Direct bonding is a less costly option than porcelain veneers and crowns and can be long-lasting with proper maintenance. Tooth bonding is frequently used to repair chipped teeth. Bonding materials and porcelain are more natural in color and can be designed to perfectly match the surrounding teeth making it difficult to know the tooth was ever broken.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, affects about 10 – 15% of adults according to the American Dental Association. One of the most common ways to alleviate the effects of bruxism is the use of a night guard. The night guard is an appliance typically worn while sleeping through the night. Night guards available through your dentist tend to be of a higher quality and superior fit than over the counter night guards. Whichever night guard you ultimately use, speak with your dentist about the grinding since it can create other problems within your mouth and jaw.
Your smile creates an immediate, visual impact on the people you meet. Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile. As we age, our teeth often become darker, yellower, or stained. The main causes of darkened teeth are genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods. Internal tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the enamel of the tooth and the dentin. Professional tooth whitening in a dental office is the preferred whitening method for a few reasons. During the office process, our hygienists will apply a whitening agent that is stronger than the over the counter variety. Additionally, the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected from the whitening agent. The best whitening systems feature a buffer in the gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage and can transform teeth in a single office visit. In-office whitening can be a great jump start for the take-home whitening kits. An effective whitening program is best discussed with your hygienist and will consider any tooth sensitivities or other concerns. Let us help you make the best choice for keeping your smile brilliant and healthy