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Cosmetic and Contouring SmileSay goodbye to little chips, cracks and discolorations in your smile.

When people think about cosmetic dentistry they often think about dental veneers, implants, and even crowns, but did you know that there are fast, easy, and inexpensive options that can help fix more minor dental flaws in just a single dental visit? If you didn’t know about this, it’s time you did. Our York, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster is here to tell you how dental bonding and cosmetic contouring could enhance your smile.

While dental bonding and cosmetic contouring may not be a cosmetic dental treatment with which you are familiar, it could just end up being the fast, easy and inexpensive option you’ve been looking for. Cosmetic contouring is where our York, PA, general dentist shaves off small amounts of enamel to help reshape and alter the size or appearance of a tooth. Since very little enamel is removed it is completely painless and non-invasive and can be great for buffing away pits, chips, worn edges, and other minor issues.

Dental bonding is another non-invasive cosmetic technique that is often combined with cosmetic contouring to improve the look of a tooth. Bonding uses a tooth-colored resin that is applied and shaped over small imperfections in a tooth to hide them and to enhance the size, shape, or color of a tooth. Bonding is a great way to hide small chips and cracks, discolorations, pits and grooves, and even small gaps between teeth. Teeth that might look smaller than the rest may also be able to be shaped by bonding so your smile looks more symmetrical.

People love cosmetic contouring and bonding because it’s fast and painless, plus it can usually be performed in just one visit.

Do you want to know more about these simple cosmetic treatments? Ready to find out how we can improve your smile? If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with the experts at Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA.

By Bowser Dental Arts
May 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  
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So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?

Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!

Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.

If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.

A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.

Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”