Cosmetic Dentistry for a Dazzling New York Smile
If you’re struggling with stained, chipped, worn, or misaligned teeth, modern cosmetic dentistry can give you a smile makeover. At the dental office of George Sferra Jr., DDS, we provide first-class cosmetic treatments to transform your dental aesthetics and give your smile that extra boost of confidence.
Are you ready to start wearing your best smile? Schedule a cosmetic consultation to get started today!
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The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry has several advantages that many people aren’t aware of. Here are just a few of the numerous benefits of cosmetic dentistry:
Having bad teeth is a key reason many people avoid to smile and develop low self-confidence. If you feel embarrassed by your teeth and you often avoid smiling, it could impact your social interactions. Some reports indicate that bad teeth can have a negative impact on your career. With the right cosmetic treatment, you can have a smile you feel good about sharing with the world and feel more secure when you interact with others.
Cosmetic dentistry can help correct health issues discovered before or during treatment. Poor oral health isn’t just about gum disease and tooth decay. Crooked or misaligned teeth can trigger other health problems like jaw pain, periodontal disease, and headaches. With cosmetic dentistry, promoting good aesthetics can also help to correct various health concerns, improving your health as well as your smile’s looks.
Motivates Good At-Home Hygiene
When you invest in your smile, you’ll want the results to last as long as possible. After a cosmetic dentistry procedure, you’ll be motivated to practice good oral hygiene to sustain the smile and keep away other health problems.
What’s Included in Cosmetic Dentistry?
Any type of dental procedure that improves your smile is a form of cosmetic dentistry. Most cosmetic procedures involve enhancing the color, shape, size, position, and alignment of your teeth. Our office provides the following cosmetic dental services:
Teeth Whitening for a Brighter Smile
Teeth whitening is a great remedy for stained or discolored teeth. But, why do teeth become stained? Teeth stains emanate from a myriad of sources. Certain foods and drinks can cause teeth stains and degrade the transparency of your tooth enamel. Some causes of tooth stains are preventable but some are beyond your control.
Here is a quick overview of common causes of teeth stains to help you determine the reasons for your discolored teeth.
- Food & Drink: Tea, coffee, dark sodas, red wine, and some fruits and vegetables can cause discolored teeth.
- Tobacco: Both chewing tobacco and cigarettes can contribute to discolored teeth.
- Oral Care: Poor dental hygiene, such as irregular brushing or flossing can cause tooth discoloration.
- Trauma or Disease: Certain illnesses or trauma can affect enamel development in children can cause discoloration.
- Medical Treatments: Some medical treatments such as chemotherapy, blood pressure medications, and antihistamines can cause teeth stains.
Take-Home and In-Office Zoom® Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a relatively low-cost and minimally invasive procedure that has gained popularity over the recent past. Although teeth whitening does not provide a permanent solution to tooth discoloration, the results are immediate and the effects can last for several months when you take good care of your teeth.
There are two approaches to teeth whitening. It can either be professionally administered in-office or through at-home teeth whitening kits. So, what is the difference between take-home and in-office teeth whitening?
In-office teeth whitening is provided by a trained dental professional to deliver safe and reliable bleaching results. More often, the results of professionally administered in-office whitening are better since dentists utilize higher-concentration bleaching gels. Our office uses Philips Zoom® teeth whitening, which is widely popular and delivers dynamic results. Depending on the level of staining, your smile could be whitened by as much as eight shades in a single visit!
At-home teeth whitening is a custom kit that offers the convenience of doing it yourself in the comfort of your home. A short office visit is all we need to create your custom tray, which ensures even results across your smile. At-home whitening is less potent as whitening provided in-office, but can be a great option for touch-ups or for those whose tight schedules make extended office visits difficult.
Porcelain Veneers for Easy Smile Enhancements
Dental veneers, sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers, are wafer-thin, custom shells of tooth-colored materials used to cover the front surface of your teeth and improve your appearance. The shells are bonded to the front surface of the teeth to change their color, size, shape, or length.
Dental veneers can be made from resin or porcelain materials. Porcelain veneers are often preferred, as they resist stains better than resin veneers and reflect light just like natural teeth. Discuss your dental veneer options with Dr. Sferra before you make a decision.
What Can Veneers Correct?
Porcelain veneers are right for you if you want to correct any of these issues:
- Worn teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Severe enamel discoloration
Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Many patients choose veneers due to their simplicity and affordability. Depending on your aesthetic concerns, veneers may provide effective results without the need for crowns or braces.
Our first step is to evaluate whether you’re a good candidate for veneers. We’ll evaluate your dental health and ensure that your treatment will have a strong foundation to last.
Here are some signs that indicate you may be a good candidate for veneers:
- Stubbornly Discolored or Stained Teeth – Veneers can conceal stains or discoloration that fail to respond to traditional teeth whitening treatments.
- Desire to Correct Multiple Cosmetic Issues With a Single Procedure – Veneers can straighten, whiten, and correct the shape of your teeth at one go.
- Good Oral Health – You must have healthy gums and teeth to use veneers. If you have underlying gum and teeth issues, it’s important to improve your oral health to become a candidate for veneers.
- Sufficient Tooth Enamel – Your natural teeth must have sufficient enamel to allow reshaping the outer layer so that we can create a strong bonding surface for the veneer.
- Straight or Moderately Straight Teeth – If you have slightly crooked or misaligned teeth, veneers can correct the situation. However, severely misaligned teeth could place too much pressure on veneers and cause them to crack.
- Avoid Bad Dental Habits - If you can avoid chewing your nails, gnawing pens, or crunching hard candy or ice cubes, you’re a good candidate for veneers. These bad habits can crack veneers.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Traditional porcelain veneers last between 10 to 15 years. The surface of veneers will naturally wear down with normal eating and teeth brushing, so it’s important to let the dentist examine them periodically for wear and tear.
Porcelain Crowns Protect and Transform Teeth
A dental crown or cap is designed to fit over and replace your entire decayed or damaged tooth above the gum line. This effectively restores your tooth’s shape, size, appearance, and strength. A porcelain crown can keep a weak tooth from breaking or hold together a cracked tooth. Cosmetically, crowns are used to cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
Generally, crowns are ideal for front teeth restoration as they are translucent and appear like your natural teeth. If you’re looking for a lifelike tooth transformation, a porcelain crown is a great solution.
Veneers vs. Crowns – Which is Right for Me?
Veneers and crowns are both effective dental cosmetic options that can drastically improve the look and function of your teeth. The major difference is that a crown covers your entire tooth, while a veneer covers just the front face of your tooth. Whether a crown or veneer is right for you will depend on the condition of your teeth and the imperfection you’re trying to fix.
Veneers may be more aesthetically appealing than crowns in the long run since they don’t show a gum margin after several years – crowns sometimes do. Veneers also require less enamel reshaping to be placed, so you keep more of your healthy natural tooth.
Crowns also have some advantages over veneers. Since crowns cover the entire tooth, your tooth is better protected from decay and damage. Porcelain crowns, in particular, look and feel just like natural teeth. They are also designed to withstand daily chewing pressure, so they may last longer than veneers and can be used on any tooth.
If you’re still torn between the two cosmetic dentistry procedures, please note that veneers are ideal for cosmetic improvements, like covering chipped or crooked teeth, especially on the front teeth. Crowns are often used when the tooth needs extra protection, has extensively decayed, broken, or needs a root canal.
Composite Fillings for Discreet Protection
A composite filling is a tooth-colored resin used to restore decayed teeth. These fillings are used to correct areas of tooth decay without negatively affecting the look of your smile.
Composite fillings are aesthetically appealing, and we can blend shades to create a color that is almost identical to your tooth’s natural color. Dr. Sferra places the composite material in layers using a specialized light to harden the layers. When the process is complete, he will reshape the composite to fit your tooth and finish off by polishing the composite to prevent staining and early wear.
Porcelain Inlays & Onlays – Meet the Perfect Middle
Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are made from porcelain shade-matched to your teeth. They are used to fill decayed or damaged teeth, much like composite fillings. However, inlays and onlays are designed and created in a dental laboratory and bonded into position by your dentist.
An “inlay” is shaped to cover the biting surface of your tooth between the corners. If the restoration covers one or more of the corners as well, it’s referred to as an “onlay.” Inlays and outlays can effectively preserve a huge portion of your healthy tooth and work as an alternative to crowns.
Inlays and onlays are ideal if your tooth has mild to moderate decay or when there is inadequate tooth structure to support a filling. As long as there is no damage to the tooth cusps, an inlay will work. But if cusps or a bigger portion of your tooth is damaged, an onlay is used to cover the chewing surface of the tooth.
Do Cosmetic Dental Services Last?
Keeping your smile strong and healthy is among the best investments you can make to enhance your health, happiness, and confidence. However, your crowns, fillings, dentures, bridges, or dental implants may not last a lifetime. As years pass by, you’ll likely need some additional treatment or touch-ups to adjust, replace, or redo cosmetic work.
How long your improved smile will last depends on the type of treatment and how well you take care of your teeth. On average, most cosmetic treatments can last ten years or more, especially if you practice good dental care at home and keep up with your six-month dental visits.
Which Cosmetic Option is Right for Me?
If you’re interested in a cosmetic procedure that will give you the smile of your dreams, it’s always best to work closely with your dentist to choose the right cosmetic option. Dr. Sferra will walk you through the options based on your goals, budget, and concerns.
Here are some of the recommendations we might make for your smile:
- For crooked, gapped, or unevenly spaced teeth, veneers may be right for you.
- For tough tooth stains, at-home or in-office teeth whitening could be right for you.
- For missing teeth, consider dental implants.
- For decayed or damaged teeth, try porcelain crowns, inlays, or onlays.
Delivering Your Best Smile at Our New York Office
Dr. Sferra and his team are passionate about helping you feel great about your smile! Cosmetic dentistry can help you restore your smile, improve your oral health, and boost your self-confidence.
You don’t have to put up with the teeth you’re unhappy with. Schedule a consultation at our Manhattan or Somers locations to decide which cosmetic option is the best choice for you!
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