Cosmetic flaws, such as stained or discolored teeth, cracked teeth, or missing teeth, can affect a patient’s confidence and self-esteem. Dr. Joseph E. Frew, located in Silver Springs, Maryland, provides a wide range of cosmetic procedures to correct cosmetic flaws and improve the appearance of teeth and gums.
Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are layers or coverings that fit over teeth in to improve their appearance. Today’s veneers look remarkably like natural teeth, easily blending in with surrounding teeth. Dr. Frew uses dental veneers made of porcelain or composite, In addition to providing aesthetic improvements, veneers also provide the affected teeth an added layer of protection.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening can help minimize surface stains and discoloration. Surface discoloration is most often caused by dark colored drinks and foods, such as coffee, tea, red wine and blueberries.
What is bonding?
Bonding is done to fill in gaps between teeth. Dental bonding can also be used to correct discoloration and chipped or cracked teeth.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays offer an alternative to crowns for those who have large cavities to fill. Inlays cover the spaces between the rounded edges of teeth at the center, while onlays cover the cusps of the whole chewing surface of teeth. Inlays and onlays usually last longer than fillings and are made from durable materials, such as porcelain or composite resin.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the most natural-looking and functional replacements for missing teeth. They are comprised of small posts that are implanted into the jawbone and topped with false teeth, called crowns. Today’s crowns look remarkably like real teeth. Dental implants offer an alternative to dentures or bridges, which have certain disadvantages. Dentures have to be taken out and cleaned, while bridges must be anchored to nearby teeth.
How do I know if cosmetic dentistry procedures are right for me?
Patients who have cosmetic flaws that are causing problems in their lives can benefit from having one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures. Dr. Frew discusses each patient’s needs to determine which treatment options will best meet his or her aesthetic goals.