the value of a smile
A smile is the first and certainly the most important impression you make on people.
Unfortunately, however, some smiles are less than perfect. Dark, stained teeth, missing teeth, spaces between teeth and unaesthetic fillings and crowns can dampen the welcome of your smile. Knowing that an imperfect smile can effect the way you feel about yourself and alter your self-confidence, Dr. DeMello offers a wide range of cosmetic services to enhance the warmth and brightness of your smile.
Dental bonding is the least expensive, least time consuming ways to repair teeth with cavities or teeth that are chipped or cracked. Bonding can also close spaces between teeth and protect portion’s of the teeth near the gumline that have become exposed and sensitive.
Bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored composite resin is chemically and mechanically attached to a tooth and hardened with a special like. Often this procedure can be done without local anesthetic because it does not involve the deeper, sensitive portions of a tooth.
Bonding can be done so that the repair is virtually invisible however it does not resist stains as well as a porcelain veneer or crown. Bonding materials also wear more quickly than the porcelain materials.
Porcelain veneers are thin, porcelain shells that can be applied over teeth that are reduced as well as teeth that are untouched depending on the esthetic requirements. If teeth are irregular or have previous fillings, more tooth reduction is required than teeth which are simply discolored or chipped. Even when some reduction of tooth is needed, the reduction is more conservative than for the preparation of a crown.
Veneers are one of the most esthetic treatments that can be performed straightening irregular teeth, closing spaces, improving tooth shape and brightening color. Many Hollywood stars have had their smiles enhanced with porcelain veneers.
Not many years ago cavities in back teeth and along the gumline were treated with silver amalgam filling materials. Silver amalgam, made up of silver alloy and mercury, produced fillings than in time turned black, stained the tooth and, because of the nature of the material, expanded and contracted at a different rate than tooth structure often leading to cracking and chipping of the tooth.
Dr. DeMello now uses a tooth-colored filling material that is, in many ways, superior to the old amalgam filling material. In addition to matching the tooth in color, the white fillings materials (composite resin) can be bonded to the remaining tooth and do strengthen it. And, unlike metallic fillings, they do not cause the sensitivity that used to accompany the placement of a new filling.