Cosmetic Dentist in Buffalo, NY
Todd Shatkin DDS is a leading cosmetic dentist providing Western New York residents of all ages with a wide variety of cosmetic dental care treatments.
While traditional dentistry focuses on the health of your teeth and gums, a cosmetic dentist specializes in an elective form of dentistry that focuses on the appearance of your teeth and smile. A cosmetic dentist can help address things like discolored teeth, misshapen or misaligned teeth, or missing teeth. While many procedures are designed to help your smile, these days many treatments also help to keep your teeth healthy and strong while still giving you the smile you desire.
What Is A Cosmetic Dentist?
Similar to cosmetic medicine, a cosmetic dentist provides a form of dental care that you chose to undergo in order to change your appearance. While some of these treatments can also address underlying problems with tooth health and function, the main goal is to improve your smile. Some general procedures these days cross the line into cosmetic dentistry as well. Years ago, when you needed a filling, a general dentist would turn to a metal filling, often visible when you smiled. With today’s dentistry, composite fillings or inlays and onlays are used to match the natural tooth color, often making the filling near invisible.
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Teeth whitening, or bleaching, is probably the most common cosmetic dental procedure. Unlike whitening toothpastes you can pick up at the store that help remove external stains on the teeth, cosmetic teeth whitening addresses both internal and external stains. External stains come from things like smoking, drinking tea, coffee, or wine, while internal staining can come from poor oral hygiene, damage to the tooth, or genetics. Teeth whitening uses a high concentration bleach solution that removes the discoloration, revealing a mouth full of pearly white teeth.
Dental veneers, often called “Hollywood Teeth”, are a dental procedure that serves a variety of purposes. They are an ultra-thin sheet of porcelain material that covers and bonds directly to the tooth surface. Cosmetic dentists use them to cover tooth staining that did not respond well to bleaching. They can also be used to adjust the shape, size, or length of teeth, helping to create and even smile.
When people lose teeth due to decay or injury, the traditional treatment is a bridge or denture to replace the missing tooth. However, dental implants are another option that gives you a permanent solution, while also benefiting your overall oral health. A dental implant places a titanium screw into the jawbone, where it fuses and creates a stable base. A natural-looking custom crown is then attached to the screw, giving you a new tooth to restore your smile, as well as your natural tooth function, such as biting and chewing. For those that have lost all their teeth, dental implants provide an alternative to dentures, giving them a mouth full of natural looking teeth that don’t shift or fall out.
Dental crowns are essentially a cap that cover the entire tooth. They are typically made from porcelain fused to metal. While dental crowns are used in general dentistry to treat decayed teeth, cosmetic dentists can use crowns to treat misshapen, broken, and chipped teeth, as well as to fill spaces in between teeth.
Teeth Shaping and Bonding
Teeth shaping and bonding are other ways a cosmetic dentist can address misshapen or chipped teeth. With teeth shaping, or enamel shaping, the dentist can reshape a tooth my filling or removing enamel on the tooth. Tooth bonding uses a tooth-colored material that is applied to the surface of the tooth and can be molded to adjust the shape of a tooth or used to repair small chips or cracks in the tooth’s surface.
Orthodontics is a form of cosmetic dentistry that addresses tooth alignment. While orthodontics is used to treat serious alignment issues, such as overbites, many people opt for orthodontic treatment to adjust slightly crooked teeth in order to achieve that perfect smile.
A Complete Smile Makeover
While each of these procedures mentioned can address one concern, many people are looking for the entire package. Experienced Buffalo cosmetic dentist Todd Shatkin DDS can work with you to make a complete smile change by combining a variety of these procedures to achieve the smile you are looking for.
If you would like to see how a cosmetic dentist can help you get the smile you desire, give our office a call today and set up a free consultation with dedicated Buffalo cosmetic dentist Todd Shatkin DDS.
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