Your Cosmetic Dentistry Options
posted: Jul. 09, 2018.
If a filling is the only dental treatment you've ever received, you may not be familiar with the range of options available to improve the appearance of your smile. Pittsburgh, PA, cosmetic dentist Dr. John Sartorio can help you conceal a discolored tooth, fix a chip or restore lost teeth, thanks to several cosmetic dentistry services.
Bonding is used to fill in small chips in teeth, hide discolorations, lengthen teeth, change their shape or conceal gaps. During the treatment, flexible, tooth-colored composite resin is added to your tooth, then hardened with a dental light. Bonding is a very effective, yet relatively inexpensive, cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Composite resin is also used to provide fillings that match the color of your teeth. In addition to being more attractive than silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings help strengthen teeth and don't expand and contract when they're exposed to hot and cold temperatures as amalgam fillings do.
Restoring lost teeth fills gaps in your smile, makes eating easier and bolsters your self-esteem. Lost teeth can be replaced with one of these options:
- Bridges: Bridges are an ideal solution if you've lost teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns that anchor one or more artificial teeth.
- Dentures: Full and partial dentures restore your smile and are removable for easy cleaning.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are titanium posts that replace the missing roots of your teeth, providing a long-lasting restoration option. After they bond to your jawbone, they're topped with realistic-looking dental crowns.
Have you been thinking about straightening your teeth but don't like the look of metal braces? Invisalign offers a much more discreet way to realign crooked teeth or improve your bite. After digital impressions and images of your mouth are made in your Pittsburgh dentist's office, you'll receive a series of clear aligner trays that will gradually re-position your teeth. Each set is worn for about two weeks, then swapped for the next set in the series. The trays are removed when you eat, brush and floss and can also be taken for short periods of times if you'll be playing sports or attending an event.
Enhance your smile with a cosmetic dentistry treatment. Call Pittsburgh, PA, cosmetic dentist Dr. John Sartorio at (412) 831-8700 to schedule your appointment.