5 Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you have crooked or chipped teeth? Have you ever wanted to correct your teeth and make them straighter? Have you ever wished you had a whiter and brighter smile? If you answered yes, cosmetic dentistry could be your answer – and Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox, DMD can get you the smile you wished for. Dr. Kilpatrick offers a variety of dental services, and Cosmetic Dentistry in South Jersey is one of them. Depending on your situation, you can work together to develop a treatment plan that works best for you.

Below are 5 popular and common type of treatments:

  • Teeth Whitening – as we age or have bad habits of smoking or drinking coffee/wine, our teeth start to discolor; teeth whitening is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to improve your smile. You have the option to bleach your teeth with in-office procedure by the dentist or Dr. Kilpatrick can provide you with convenient at-home whitening products to do at the comfort of your home.
  • Porcelain Veneers – a very popular treatment to get straighter and whiter teeth. Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain or resin that cover the front surface of the teeth. After removing about a half-millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, these thin shells are bonded (cemented) to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size or length.
  • Composite Bonding – cosmetic bonding refers to the repair of decayed, damaged or discolored teeth using material that resembles the color of tooth enamel. Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick drills out the tooth decay and applies the composite onto the tooth’s surface, then “sculpts” it into the right shape before curing it with a high-intensity light.
  • Cosmetic Dental Implants – dental implants are titanium replacement tooth roots inserted into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw and providing a foundation for a replacement tooth.
  • Inlays and Onlays –  also called indirect fillings, are made from gold, porcelain, or composite materials and fill decayed or damaged teeth. Dental fillings are molded into place during an office visit; however, inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory and bonded into place by your dentist.

The filling is called an “inlay” when the material is bonded within the center of a tooth; it is called an “onlay” when the filling includes one or more points of the tooth or covers the biting surface. The cosmetic dentistry procedure costs about $650 to $1,200 per tooth.

These are just some of the types of cosmetic dentistry services; if you’re interested in any or want to learn more, please contact our offices today!

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