What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Delray Beach Dentist Dr. Mark C McCauley DMD

Cosmetic dentistry is defined as any dental work that improves the appearance of an individuals teeth and gums. Cosmetic Dentistry primarily involves the addition of various dental materials for teeth or gums. Cosmetic dentistry involves several options and procedures. We receive tons of questions regarding cosmetic dentistry at our practice. Here’s a quick guide to general cosmetic dentistry procedures:

Porcelain Veneers Porcelain veneers also known as laminates are ultra-thin covers that are bonded directly to the patient’s teeth. Veneers are great solutions for teeth that are hard to whiten and are often used to close gaps. This procedure sometimes requires the process of tooth reduction to properly lay the laminates and produce a picture perfect smile.

Porcelain Crowns Porcelain crowns, also known as dental caps, are a form of cosmetic dentistry in which the overlay is cemented to fully cover the targeted teeth in a specific area. Porcelain is not the sole material used for this procedure. Gold and other metal alloys are also common materials used for crowns.

Filings Filings procedures are often mistaken for porcelain crowns. While the two procedures share some similarities they also have very distinct differences. Filings, not to be confused with fillings, are dental restorations that only cover a small portion of a tooth as opposed to having the entire tooth covered. This procedure is most beneficial for patients who may have a small amount of cosmetic work needed on one particular tooth.

Cosmetic dentistry offers the best options for patients looking to repair or restore their teeth to the perfect smile. Our Delray Beach dental practice provides cosmetic dentistry procedures and more. We conduct thorough complimentary consultations, which include free dental x-rays. If you would like to meet with Dr. McCauley to discuss which cosmetic procedure would best benefit you call 561-272-8555 to schedule your consult today.