Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
January 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Achieving the Hollywood smile you have always dreamed about has never been easier. Advances in dental technology has made cosmetic dentistry more effortless and effective than ever before. However, with so many options to brighten, straighten and even out Cosmetic Dentistryyour smile, understanding these procedures can be confusing. With help from Dr. Gary W. Machiko, DMD in Pittsburgh, PA, you can determine which procedure is best for you and the results you want to see.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  • Bonding: Dentists use bonding materials to correct small imperfections, such as gaps or chips. This bonding material is also used to fill cavities.
  • Braces: Orthodontic treatment like traditional metal braces or Invisalign straighten your teeth and correct bite issues. Braces correct a myriad of problems, including misaligned or overlapped teeth, overcrowding and undercrowding, overbite, underbite and crossbite.
  • Bridges: When a patient is missing a tooth with healthy teeth surrounding its gap, a bridge is attached using crowns on either side to provide a replacement tooth.
  • Crowns: Crowns sit over a natural tooth to stabilize and strengthen it. Broken, weak or otherwise compromised teeth benefit from dental crowns. They are also used to reinforce a large filling.
  • Contouring and Reshaping: This procedure involves reshaping or contouring the teeth to improve their appearance. Teeth which are uneven in length, have small chips or are crooked or overlapping often benefit from contouring and reshaping.
  • Dental implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth’s root. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, and integrate into the bone to provide a stable foundation for a dental restoration. A crown attaches to the implanted post and permanently replaces a missing tooth.
  • Periodontal procedures: These procedures deal with the gum tissue. Uneven gum lines, “gummy” smiles and exposed roots are repaired using periodontal procedures.
  • Teeth Whitening: Professional teeth whitening sessions are one of the easiest and fastest ways to restore your smile. The whitening agents used by your dentist can whiten your teeth up to 10 shades in a single session. The results are immediately noticeable.
  • Veneers: Veneers are a thin porcelain shell fitted over the front of the tooth. Veneers cover imperfections in the teeth, including chips, cracks, staining or discolorations and slight misalignments or overlaps in the teeth.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry in the Pittsburgh, PA area, please contact Dr. Gary W. Machiko, DMD. Call (724) 719-2866 to schedule your appointment today!