Long Island Cosmetic Dentistry 

The field of cosmetic dentistry generally refers to the dental practice of improving the appearance of a patients teeth, gums and/or bite. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the aesthetics in color, position, shape, alignment and overall smile appearance. 

A cosmetic dentist can reshape your teeth, treat discoloration of teeth, close gaps between teeth, restore worn teeth and even alter the length of your teeth. Located in Plainview, Long Island, Dental Symmetry offers a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures.  

Tooth Whitening

Traditional bleaching can be painful and can result in inflammation. At Dental Symmetry, we use lasers for all of our tooth whitening procedures. Lasers can be focused on a very specific area to avoid al the painful effects of traditional tooth bleaching.  

A peroxide bleaching solution is applied to the tooth surface, and is then activated by the laser, which speeds up the whitening process. In just one appointment your teeth can lighten anywhere from 5-10 shades.

Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers are used to restore the shape of your smile and enhance the color of your teeth. A veneer is a thin porcelain shell, created from a custom mold by your cosmetic dentist. It is bonded to the front of your tooth for a long lasting, cosmetically pleasing smile. The procedure of placing veneers on teeth is used to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the surface of a tooth from damage. 

Tooth Bonding (Dental Bonding)

Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Dental bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.

A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. it is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.

Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable and an attractive solution for many dental problems.

Dental Crowns

Sometimes a tooth becomes so severely damaged due to decay, cracked teeth or trauma that the area is too large to restore with a traditional filling. Such cases may call for a dental crown. 

A dental crown, sometimes called a cap, completely covers your damaged tooth. It is cemented into place and offers a strong, solid, good-looking replacement for a natural tooth. A crown is created in a lab and is made from models your dentist makes with impressions, so it fits your mouth perfectly; replicating the shape, size and position of your severely damaged tooth.

Reasons your dentist would recommend a dental crown:

  • To replace a large filling that no longer has enough tooth structure to continue to fill the cavity
  • To protect a weak tooth from further chipping, breaking or fracturing
  • To restore a fractured/cracked tooth
  • To cover a poorly shaped tooth or discolored tooth
  • To attach a dental bridge (see more below)
  • To protect and restore a tooth that has had a root canal
  • To cover a dental implant

No matter the reason you need a crown, it is well worth it. Your tooth will be stronger and more stable, it will last longer, it will look better, and you’ll feel better.

Dental Bridges

Missing a tooth or having a gap in between your teeth isn’t just unsightly, it can cause other problems. Talking and chewing may be difficult. Teeth adjacent to the space will eventually begin to shift into the empty space which will affect your bite, may lead to gum disease and possibly even jaw joint disorders like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues.

One way to take care of a gap caused by a missing tooth is with a dental bridge. There are removable dental bridges, also called partial dentures, that can be removed and cleaned like dentures, and there are permanent dental bridges, sometimes called fixed partial dentures.

A dental bridge is called a bridge because it literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges are cemented to the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The adjacent teeth, called abutments, serve as the anchors for the bridge. The adjacent teeth are trimmed down and capped with a crown. Then a replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to those crowns to form the bridge. The unit is securely cemented to your teeth and your smile and ability to chew food is improved.

Benefits of dental bridges:

  • Restore the ability to chew and speak properly
  • Maintain the shape of your face, preventing lip or face collapse
  • Distribute the forces in your bite to alleviate stress on other teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position and into the gap

There are several types of dental bridges. Each bridge is made with different materials and is better suited for certain areas of the mouth and for certain types of situations. 

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