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By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
April 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Has your smile changed over the years? Whether you're concerned about a chip or other minor flaw or have crooked or missing teeth, cosmetic dentistrycosmetic dentistry treatments can improve your smile. Pittsburgh, PA, dentist Dr. John Sartorio discusses three cosmetic dentistry treatments you may want to consider.


Don't want to inform the entire world you're straightening your teeth? You don't have to if you choose Invisalign. No wires are required with this orthodontic option. Clear, removable trays exert gentle pressure on your teeth and gradually reposition them over the course of your treatment. Trays are custom-designed to fit your mouth and are usually replaced with a new set every two weeks. You can expect to visit Dr. Sartorio's Pittsburgh office about every six weeks for follow-up appointments.

Wearing metal braces makes cleaning your teeth and eating some types of foods a challenge. Since Invisalign trays are removed for eating, brushing and flossing, your normal routine won't change.


Imperfections in your teeth can be corrected quickly and easily by adding porcelain veneers to the fronts of your teeth. Veneers are an excellent choice for hiding that chip that developed when you bit into a hard nut or small cracks in tooth enamel. Although porcelain veneers are just a little thicker than a contact lens, they offer excellent coverage for several types of flaws that can affect your smile. They're often used to conceal small flaws or change the shape of a tooth, but are also helpful in covering gaps between teeth, adding length to a tooth or changing the color of a tooth.

Dental implants

Missing teeth detract from your appearance, may lead to a weakening of your jawbone and can cause chewing difficulties. Dental implants solve all of these problems. Dental implants are designed to act a replacements for natural tooth roots. The implants fuse to the bone in your jaw over a period of approximately six months. During the healing process, a flap of gum tissue keeps the implant out of sight. Once healing and bonding take place, an artificial tooth called a crown is attached to the implant, restoring both your appearance and your ability to eat normally.

Are you ready to upgrade your smile? Call Pittsburgh, PA, dentist Dr. John Sartorio at (412) 831-8700 to find out which cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you.