20 Hartford Rd #34,

Salem, CT 06420

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry services in Salem Connecticut
Cosmetic Dentistry services in Salem Connecticut

Get The Smile You’ve Always Wanted
With Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Cosmetic dentistry in Salem improves your smile by changing the appearance of your teeth and mouth. It can also help you lead a fuller and happier life because you feel confidence in your smile. Our dentists at the 20 Hartford Rd location in Salem , CT can help you if you have missing or damaged teeth, gaps between your teeth, or if your teeth are stained or discolored.

Which Cosmetic Dentistry Service Do You Need?

If you live in southern Connecticut, Choose Our Dental Office. Don’t just turn to any dentist for cosmetic dental treatments. Turn to our trusted and professional dentists and dental team here at Salem Dental. Give our Salem, CT dental office a call to schedule an appointment.

Dental Bonding

Bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is applied and hardened with a special light, ultimately “bonding” the material to the tooth to improve a person’s smile. Among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures, bonding can repair chipped or cracked teeth, close gaps, change the shape of teeth, or be used as a cosmetic alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Cosmetic bonding is an affordable cosmetic dentistry solution for teeth that are broken, fractured, or oddly spaced. The application of a tooth-colored composite resin is prepared to repair a decayed, chipped or discolored tooth, to make teeth appear longer, and as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings. Bonding can be done in a single visit, too. Composite bonding refers to the repair of decayed, damaged, or discolored teeth using material that resembles tooth enamel color. Your dentist drills out the tooth decay then applies the composite onto the tooth’s surface, and then “sculpts” it into the right shape before curing it with a high-intensity light. Also referred to as “bonding,” this procedure effectively covers the tooth’s damage and gives the appearance of a healthy tooth in its place. Bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures available to patients with tooth decay, chipped or cracked teeth, and worn-down edges. At Salem Dental, we perform dental bonding services for our patients as a part of our cosmetic dentistry practice.

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Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells that cover the front surface of teeth. Cosmetic dentistry wouldn’t be complete without offering veneer services. Bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size or length, veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite. Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color or shape compared to crowns, but the process is not reversible. If you want to fix several cosmetic dentistry issues all at once, then consider the benefits of porcelain veneers. They are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth for an immediate smile transformation. They are made from advanced material that closely resembles the appearance of natural dental enamel. Typically manufactured from medical-grade ceramic, dental veneers are custom-made caps that go over your natural teeth. They look exceptionally realistic and can resolve numerous cosmetic problems, ranging from crooked teeth to cracked or damaged enamel to noticeable gaps between two teeth. The dentist applies the veneer to the front of each tooth using a dental adhesive.

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Crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that’s placed over a weak or damaged tooth to improve its shape, size, strength, or appearance. Most crowns last five to 15 years and can be made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic. In your cosmetic dentistry service before a crown is seated, the existing tooth is filed down; then the crown is cemented over it, fully encasing the tooth. Onlays and three-quarter crowns cover the underlying tooth to a lesser extent.

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Enamel Shaping

Enamel shaping or contouring is a quick and painless process of shaping natural teeth to improve their appearance. It is generally used to correct small imperfections in cosmetic dentistry such as uneven teeth or teeth that are slightly overcrowded. Results can be seen immediately. Enamel shaping is often combined with whitening, veneers, or bonding.

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Orthodontics (Braces)

Braces can correct crooked or misaligned teeth, and can improve the health and appearance of anyone’s smile — adult or child. Of course many time braces are more than just cosmetic dentistry. Not only will perfectly straight teeth look more beautiful, they will improve one’s quality of life in more practical ways as well. Braces work by applying steady pressure over time to slowly move teeth into alignment. As the teeth move, the bony tooth socket changes shape as pressure is applied.

Types of Braces

While metal braces are still used, braces can be as inconspicuous as you like. Brackets — the part that attach to each tooth — can be clear, tooth-colored, or multi-colored. They can even be attached to the back of the tooth so they are out of view. There are even “invisible” braces which use a series of clear, plastic molds to gradually move the teeth into alignment.

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Teeth Whitening

Who doesn’t like a bright smile? One fast and easy cosmetic dentistry procedure is an assortment of teeth-whitening systems that are available, including toothpastes and rinses, over-the-counter gels, strips and trays, and whitening agents obtained from a dentist. But whitening isn’t for everyone. It’s ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth and gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth — as opposed to gray tones — respond best. Talk to your dentist to find out if whitening is right for you.

Your smile may appear dingy, yellow, or stained for a number of reasons. What you eat and drink, your age, your genetics, and the state of your oral health can all contribute to dull-looking and discolored enamel. Patients find themselves hiding their smiles instead of showing them off. At Waterbury Smiles, we can brighten your smile with our teeth whitening services. We use a take-home professional teeth whitening kit.

If you opt for home-whitening treatment, we can create a customized teeth whitening kit for you. We make molds that comfortably fit your mouth and give you a high grade of bleaching gel. You will use the kit every night and in two weeks or less, you’ll have a brighter, whiter smile. Waterbury teeth whitening treatment is here for you!

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. It can be performed at your dentist’s office, often in a single visit. The dental hygienist will first remove plaque, tartar, and other debris from each tooth’s surface, restoring its natural appearance. The teeth can then be whitened with a bleaching agent to achieve an even lighter shade than this original color.

Over the years, teeth become stained and worn from food, drinks, medication, and personal habits such as smoking. Whitening coats the teeth, and this procedure can be done in the dental office or at home. Additionally, patients can use toothpaste to achieve the same effect in one to two weeks. This product works to whiten teeth more than three shades over two weeks and optimal results within four weeks.

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Composite Fillings

Existing fillings sometimes need to be replaced due to wear, chipping, or cracking. Many people use this opportunity to replace their silver amalgam fillings with natural, tooth-colored composites. Their reasons may be aesthetic, or concern over the safety of amalgam fillings, which contain mercury. Composite fillings tend to wear out sooner than silver fillings in larger cavities, although they hold up as well in small cavities.

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Gum Reshaping / Grafts

Gum reshaping can improve a “gummy” smile in which teeth appear too short, or where the gum line appears uneven. A small amount of gum tissue — and excess bone tissue if necessary — is removed and contoured to expose more of the teeth. This procedure can be done to one tooth to even the gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.

Tooth roots that are exposed due to gum recession may be sensitive to hot and cold foods or liquids, and they make teeth appear long. Gum recession can put you at risk of developing a cavity on the tooth root, and may lead to bone loss, eventually resulting in tooth loss. Soft tissue grafts, which move healthy gum tissue from one part of the mouth to another, can stop gum recession and bone loss and improve the esthetics of the gum line.

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Implants

Millions of Americans suffer tooth loss, mostly due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. Dental implants — replacement tooth roots which are made of titanium (shown at far left) — provide a strong foundation for the attachment of permanent or removable artificial teeth (crowns). Instead of individual crowns, some patients may have attachments on their implant that support a removable denture.

Dental implants are used to replace lost or damaged teeth. The dentist inserts a small titanium screw into the jaw at the site of the missing tooth, which serves as the support for a crown. These implants are almost indistinguishable from the surrounding natural teeth. Once the bone and supporting tissue fuse to the implant, they are permanently secured into place. Patients need to practice diligent oral hygiene during the implant placement period and after the implant procedure is completed to clean plaque and food debris from the area.

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry procedures, it’s vital to find a cosmetic dentist who specifically offers the option you’re interested in. They will give you more guidance on which procedures would be best for you.

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Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. There are two types of dentures — complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some of the natural teeth remain.

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Bridges (fixed partial dentures)

A fixed (permanent) bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth either side of the gap, and attaching artificial teeth to them. The “bridge” is then cemented into place. A cantilever bridge is used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Maryland bonded bridges have porcelain teeth supported by a framework.

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Smile Makeovers

A combination of dental techniques can be used to achieve a great smile. Here, porcelain veneers and crowns correct crooked teeth, an uneven gum line, and other chipped, worn, and discolored dentistry. While cosmetic dentists can make a dramatic difference in a person’s smile and overall oral health, the work must be carefully planned — though for many the elaborate and costly production is worth it in the end.

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Inlays and Onlays

This cosmetic dentistry procedure is also known as indirect fillings, which are made by a dental laboratory. They are used when a tooth has mild to moderate decay or insufficient tooth structure to support a filling. Provided there is no damage to the tooth cusps, the inlay is placed directly onto the tooth surface. However, when the cusp or a more significant portion of the tooth is damaged, your dentist may use an onlay to cover the tooth’s entire surface.

Inlays and onlays were once made of gold but typically are made in a dental laboratory from a composite of porcelain or ceramic material and attached to the teeth with adhesive dental cement. They provide support to strengthen teeth, restore their shape, and avoid any further decay or deterioration.

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