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Cosmetic Dentistry
Bonding is a common technique in cosmetic dentistry that uses tooth-colored materials called composite resins to repair chips and cracks, and transform gaps into an attractive, natural-looking smile.

Uses of Bonding
Bonding can be used strictly for cosmetic purposes or to repair teeth, protecting them against decay. Dr. Polyviou can assist you in choosing which method is right for your condition. Nonetheless, bonding can result in several attractive results, which makes it an ideal tool in cosmetic dentistry.

Masking Deep Stains
Certain antibiotics given to children while their permanent teeth are developing can cause ugly dark staining deep inside the teeth. Bonding serves to cover these stains.

 

Closing Gaps and Repairing Chips and Cracks
Composite resins are used to close small gaps between front teeth and to repair some chips and cracks. This method improves appearance in addition to providing protection for damaged teeth.

Protecting Exposed Roots
Composite resins are also used to protect exposed tooth roots, which commonly result from gum recession. Since roots are composed mostly of dentin, a softer tissue than enamel, they are more susceptible to decay, wear and erosion. Composite resins (in combination with adhesive resins) are applied to the tooth roots to treat sensitivity to temperature extremes, which occur when tooth roots are left exposed.

Restoring Decayed Teeth

Composite resins may be used to fill small cavities. Composites are tooth-colored, making them preferable for front teeth, as they are almost impossible to distinguish from the natural tooth.

Procedure
Bonding is often completed in one visit and does not require drilling. The process involves preparing the tooth surface with an etching solution that allows the composite resins to adhere. To match your teeth, various color resins are carefully blended so that the bonded tooth will look natural.

The resin is applied, contoured into the proper shape, and hardened using a special light or chemical process. It’s then smoothed and polished to appear natural. Sometimes a follow-up appointment will be required for finishing and a final polish.

Maintenance Tips
Bonding material, while exceptional in treatment, is not as strong and natural as tooth enamel. In fact, it can chip and may have to be replaced periodically. Bonded areas of the tooth are also prone to stain. For these reasons, bonding requires careful home and professional maintenance.

Remember that smoking, drinking coffee or tea, and eating berries may stain bonding.

Do not put excess pressure on resins. Chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy can also cause damage.

Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are thin custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front side of teeth. Made of tooth-colored materials, veneers are used to treat spaces between teeth as well as teeth that are permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked. They can also cover teeth that are chipped or worn.

 

A custom-made solution
Veneers are made specifically for your teeth from composite resins, acrylic material, or porcelain. Placing veneers is often an irreversible process due to the fact that a small amount of enamel is usually removed to accommodate the thickness of the shell. Depending on how the tooth is prepared, an anesthetic may be necessary. However, the whole procedure requires just a few appointments and patients frequently leave feeling radiant; pleased with the shine of their new teeth.

Like any restoration, it is possible over time for the veneer to come off or for decay to develop, making proper care so imperative. If not properly cared for, the lifespan of your veneer will shorten greatly, and a new veneer may be required.

Full mouth reconstruction, rehabilitation and restoration are terms often used interchangeably to describe the process of restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.

If you think you need reconstruction, make an appointment with Polyviou Family Dentistry for a comprehensive examination. We will examine your mouth to determine the extent of the problem and the treatment options that can be used to correct it.

Botox injections are becoming an increasingly popular option for the treatment of certain dental cosmetic and therapeutic conditions. Contact us today to learn more about the procedure and see if it is the right choice for you.

Before and after photographs of actual patients are the best way to show how dentistry can improve appearance and oral function.  The photos are kept on file and we are able to reference them whenever needed as an important resource in order to provide you with the best care. 

Cosmetic Dentistry
Bonding is a common technique in cosmetic dentistry that uses tooth-colored materials called composite resins to repair chips and cracks, and transform gaps into an attractive, natural-looking smile.

Uses of Bonding
Bonding can be used strictly for cosmetic purposes or to repair teeth, protecting them against decay. There are several different bonding methods that dental professionals perform. Dr. Polyviou can assist you in choosing which method is right for your condition. Nonetheless, bonding can yield a myriad of attractive results, which makes it an ideal tool in cosmetic dentistry.

Masking Deep Stains
Certain antibiotics given to children while their permanent teeth are developing can cause ugly dark staining deep inside the teeth. Bonding serves to cover these stains.

 

Closing Gaps and Repairing Chips and Cracks
Composite resins are used to close small gaps between front teeth and to repair some chips and cracks. This method improves appearance in addition to providing protection for damaged teeth.

Protecting Exposed Roots
Composite resins are also used to protect exposed tooth roots, which commonly result from gum recession. Since roots are composed mostly of dentin, a softer tissue than enamel, they are more susceptible to decay, wear and erosion. Composite resins (in combination with adhesive resins) are applied to the tooth roots to treat sensitivity to temperature extremes, which occur when tooth roots are left exposed.

Restoring Decayed Teeth

Composite resins may be used to fill small cavities. Composites are tooth-colored, making them preferable for front teeth, as they are almost impossible to distinguish from the natural tooth.

Procedure
Bonding is often completed in one visit and does not require drilling. The process involves preparing the tooth surface with an etching solution that allows the composite resins to adhere. To match your teeth, various color resins are carefully blended so that the bonded tooth will look natural.

The resin is applied, contoured into the proper shape, and hardened using a special light or chemical process. It’s then smoothed and polished to appear natural. Sometimes a follow-up appointment will be required for finishing and a final polish.

Maintenance Tips
Bonding material, while exceptional in treatment, is not as strong and natural as tooth enamel. In fact, it can chip and may have to be replaced periodically. Bonded areas of the tooth are also prone to stain. For these reasons, bonding requires careful home and professional maintenance.

Remember that smoking, drinking coffee or tea, and eating berries may stain bonding.

Do not put excess pressure on resins. Chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy can also cause damage.

Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are thin custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front side of teeth. Made of tooth-colored materials, veneers are used to treat spaces between teeth as well as teeth that are permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked. They can also cover teeth that are chipped or worn.

 

A custom-made solution
Veneers are made specifically for your teeth from composite resins, acrylic material, or porcelain. Placing veneers is often an irreversible process due to the fact that a small amount of enamel is usually removed to accommodate the thickness of the shell. Depending on how the tooth is prepared, an anesthetic may be necessary. However, the whole procedure requires just a few appointments and patients frequently leave feeling radiant; pleased with the shine of their new teeth.

Like any restoration, it is possible over time for the veneer to come off or for decay to develop, making proper care so imperative. If not properly cared for, the lifespan of your veneer will shorten greatly, and a new veneer may be required.

Full mouth reconstruction, rehabilitation and restoration are terms often used interchangeably to describe the process of rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.

Full mouth reconstruction typically involves general or restorative dentists (performing procedures like crowns, bridges and veneers).

The need for full mouth reconstruction may result from:

  • Teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma.
  • Teeth that have been injured or fractured.
  • Teeth that have become severely worn as a result of long-term acid erosion (foods, beverages, acid reflux) or tooth grinding.
  • Ongoing complaints of jaw, muscle and headache pain requiring adjustments to the bite (occlusion).

How the Process Begins
If you think you need reconstruction, make an appointment for a comprehensive examination. We will examine your mouth to determine the extent of the problem and the treatment options that can be used to correct it.

Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover
How does full mouth reconstruction differ from smile makeover? A smile makeover is something that you elect to have performed, while a full mouth reconstruction is something that you need.

As the makers of dental materials respond to increasing consumer demands for beautiful, natural-looking dentistry, it is becoming hard to draw a line between purely “cosmetic” (such as elective) dentistry and “restorative” (necessary) dentistry. For example, it is now possible for your dentist to treat tooth decay with a tooth-like filling material that looks natural. If you need reconstruction, the materials available today make it possible for your dentist to provide you with durable, functional and clinically sound treatments that also look natural.

It is also important to note that a smile makeover – though performed primarily to improve the esthetic appearance of the smile – requires the use of clinically proven dental materials and treatment techniques, as well as exceptional knowledge, training and skill on the part of the dentist. Many of the same techniques and equipment used for full mouth reconstruction are also used to ensure the success and long-term stability of smile makeover treatments.

Botox injections are a well-known solution for cosmetic needs, but can also be an option for the treatment of certain orofacial conditions. There are many benefits to the use of Botox in dentistry, but also risks, that should be discussed with patients prior to them deciding to embark on Botox treatment.

What Is Botox?

Medical News Today notes that Botox is one of the botulinum toxin drugs derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium
may sound a little familiar since it is the same one that causes botulism, a rare but dangerous foodborne illness. The active, therapeutic neurotoxin is harvested, separated and purified in a lab to make it safe and effective for treatment.

Please contact Polyviou Family Dentistry today for more information on Botox options available to you!

Before and after photographs of actual patients are the best way to show how dentistry can improve appearance and oral function.  The photos are kept on file and we are able to reference them whenever needed as an important resource in able to provide you with the best care. 

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