Cosmetic Dental Services
Giving You a BEAUTIFUL Smile
Veneers are a thin, tooth-shaped "shell" that are custom made out of porcelain to match the color and desired shape of a tooth. They are placed on the outer surface of a prepared tooth and bonded with high-strength dental cement.
Dental veneers enhance your "smile zone" by correcting the shape, color, length and size of the teeth that everyone sees when you smile.
We Use Veneers to:
- Correct Discolored teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Bring back length of worn-down teeth
- Restore chipped teeth
- Straighten misaligned or crooked teeth
Placing Porcelain Veneers
After it’s determined that porcelain veneers are the best option for you, the entire veneers process will typically require two visits.
During the first visit, we will:
- Select the appropriate shade or color for the veneers.
- Prepare the outer surface of your existing teeth.
- Create an impression (mold) from the prepped tooth surface. This mold will be sent out to our dental lab where the final veneers are fabricated.
- Functional temporary veneers will be placed while we wait for the final set of teeth to come back from the lab.
Once your custom veneers are complete, a second appointment will be scheduled.
During this second visit, we will:
- Test-fit your new completed porcelain veneers. We are looking to ensure a proper bite, color, etc with the new veneers in your mouth.
- Once we're happy with the fit, we will cement the veneers in place. Any final shaping and polishing to achieve a natural look will be done at this time as well.
Think of your new veneers as normal teeth. They require daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental checkups at our office. Veneers are incredibly strong and allow you to eat all the things you are used to eating but like normal teeth, are subject to breakage if chewing on hard food such as candy, ice, etc. so our office recommends avoiding those foods.
Cost of Porcelain Veneers
Cosmetic dental procedures are often thought of as being a dental service that is reserved for Hollywood. Today, this is no longer the case! Porcelain veneers are made very affordable if properly planned and executed. Because each dental case requiring porcelain veneers is unique, pricing them out requires a quick visit to our dental office. Our office will work closely with you to ensure your procedure is affordable.
Composite fillings are today's modern filling choice. They are made to match your tooth's natural color to make them virtually invisible to notice and are placed onto the tooth by bonding the filling material to the tooth so they do not have the unlikely chance of falling off. Many patients choose to replace their old silver and gold fillings with composite fillings.
- Beautiful in appearance
- Completed in a single visit
- No filling leaks
- Less chance of tooth cracking
A crown is sometimes termed a "cap" or "jacket." A crown will restore a large filling or a cracked tooth to its original size, shape and tooth color. A crown may be recommended after root canal therapy has been completed, as the tooth tends to become brittle and is more likely to fracture. A crown can strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and improves the appearance of your teeth. With the advances in technology, we now have the ability to make ceramic crowns with no metal.
To place a crown, your dentist must reduce 1-2 mm of the tooth to make room for it. Your dentist will then use a piece of thread or cord or use a laser to push the gum down around the tooth, to take an impression of the tooth. The impressions are sent to the lab where the crown is made. During that time, you will have a temporary crown. These crowns are usually made of plastic and are made in your dentist's office on the day of your visit. They are not meant to last. If a temporary crown is left in the mouth, the cement eventually washes out and the tooth can decay. At a second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and test the permanent one. Sometimes crowns need additional polishing, glaze or some other adjustment before they are placed. Once the crown is ready, it's cemented to your tooth.
A bridge may be used to replace a single tooth. A bridge consists of both a false tooth, called a pontic and the anchors (abutment crowns) that support the pontic. The entire structure spans the space vacated by the missing tooth.
Neighboring tooth structure is removed, shaping them to receive an anchor crown. An impression is then taken and sent to a dental lab where they fabricate the bridge.
The structure part of the bridge is created with a strong metal alloy that can handle the anticipated stresses.
Tooth-like porcelain is then fused to the structure. Once the bridge is tested for a correct fit, the anchor crowns are cemented to the neighboring teeth.
Looking for Teeth Whitening in Miami? Yearning for a bright youthful smile?
At Teresa Bello-Burgos & Associates we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry including professional teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is the #1 requested and performed cosmetic dental procedure. Teeth whitening (sometimes called teeth bleaching) is a procedure that brightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration.
Throughout the day, a thin coating of bio-film collect on teeth. The bio-film can attract stains that can be trapped in the pores of tooth's enamel.
Teeth whitening by a dental professional is key as cavities need to be treated before teeth are whitened. Cavities are problematic because whitening solution can penetrate the cavity allowing decay to reach inner areas of a tooth. People with good dental health may also use a kit to whiten teeth at home. However, in a single office visit, teeth whitening performed by a dental professional will produce brighter results that are more consistent in color across all teeth.