There is a lot of social pressure to display a warm, beautiful smile. Depending on your personality, lifestyle and profession, you may feel as though your natural smile affects your confidence or success. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can breathe new life into your smile, helping you to feel like a better version of yourself.
The quality of your cosmetic dental work depends on the skill and experience of your dentist. Dr. William Munn is highly sought after by patients all over Sandston and the nearby Virginia areas for his cosmetic dentistry expertise. He will evaluate your unique smile, listen to your goals and identify areas that could be improved.
A porcelain crown or “cap” encapsulates the portion of the tooth that can be seen above the gumline, restoring normal shape, form and function. Crowns are often used for teeth that are badly decayed, broken, cracked or otherwise damaged. In addition to recreating the appearance of a healthy tooth, a crown protects the tooth from further damage, decay and wear and tear.
Although dental crowns are primarily used for functional purposes, they are also capable of creating major cosmetic transformations. A porcelain crown can completely change a flawed tooth’s appearance to improve the beauty of your smile.
Your crown will be matched to your surrounding natural teeth, so it won’t stand out from the rest of your mouth. Once placed, you should not be able to tell the difference between your crown and the adjacent teeth.
A veneer is a thin shell fitted over the front surface of a tooth. Usually made from ceramic materials, dental veneers mask natural dental imperfections and improve the form of the teeth. They are commonly used to transform stained, yellowed, short or irregularly shaped teeth and create a Hollywood-perfect smile. Veneers can also cover up small structural flaws, such as minor chips or cracks that do not affect the strength or integrity of a tooth. And, in some cases they can be placed to hide small spaces between the front teeth without moving the teeth themselves.
Like crowns, veneers are custom-made to match your surrounding natural teeth. They should fit snugly and enable normal biting and chewing function.
Many of the beverages and foods that we enjoy the most can stain our teeth over time. If your smile isn’t as white or bright as you would like, teeth whitening will break up the stains and lighten your entire smile, using custom trays in the comfort of your own home.
A filling literally fills the space left over after decayed tooth structure is removed. Today’s fillings are frequently tooth-colored to offer the best aesthetic result. After Dr. Munn drills the decay from your tooth, he will apply a resin material (color-matched to your natural tooth shade) in the space and sculpt it to recreate normal tooth contours. When he is finished, it should be next to impossible to tell the difference between your tooth and the filling material.
If you are interested in one or more of our cosmetic dentistry services, Dr. Munn would be happy to tell you more during a personal consultation. Call or email our practice today to schedule your visit with him.