At Rockland Dental Group, we want every person who walks in our doors to feel great about their smile. Our smile is one of the first things other people notice about us, and feeling confident about the smile we’re sharing with the world can make a big impact.
Our experienced team is ready to help your smile shine its brightest with a variety of cosmetic procedures designed to improve the appearance of your natural smile. Whether your teeth have been affected by stains, chips, or injury — or you just want to make a subtle adjustment to the color or shape of your teeth — we are dedicated to creating your best smile.
Book a consultation appointment at our New City office to find out how cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Cosmetic bonding is one of the least invasive and most frequently performed cosmetic procedures. Bonding is often used to repair chips or cracks in your teeth. It can also correct tooth discoloration or subtly change the shape of your teeth.
With cosmetic bonding, your dentist applies the same tooth-colored resin used in many cavity fillings. After reviewing your x-rays and examining your teeth, your dentist will select the right shade of resin to match your natural teeth, then prepare the surface of the tooth and apply and cure the resin. The procedure is relatively quick and, in most cases, does not require any anesthesia because the bonding is applied only to the surface of the tooth.
Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that are custom-designed to fit on the front surface of your tooth (think of the way a contact lens sits on the eye). Veneers can improve the shape or color of teeth that are otherwise healthy, and they can cover up cracks or chips. Small changes to the shape of your teeth can reduce small gaps between teeth or help your smile look more proportional overall.
Because dental veneers are custom-made for you, the process begins with a detailed scan of your teeth and a treatment plan where you and your dentist will decide exactly how your new smile will look. To apply veneers, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of your tooth and then permanently bond the veneer. Once in place, you can brush and floss your teeth as usual and enjoy your bright new smile for years to come.
Porcelain crowns are custom-designed tooth-shaped prosthetics that cover, or “cap,” your natural tooth. This permanent restoration not only restores the appearance of damaged or misshapen teeth, it also restores the function of the tooth while retaining and protecting the natural tooth root. Your dentist may recommend a crown if you need a very large filling or a root canal, or if your tooth is severely damaged from injury or chronic teeth-grinding.
Getting a porcelain crown usually requires two office visits. At the first visit, your dentist will remove much of the surface of your tooth before taking a complete scan of the area. This information will be sent to a laboratory where your crown will be created. Your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown while you await the permanent one. At the second appointment, your dentist will confirm the color and shape of your crown before bonding it permanently into place.
Porcelain crowns are durable and long-lasting — most last 5 to 15 years or more with regular brushing and flossing and twice-yearly dental appointments.