There are many different kinds of cosmetic dental restorations. General dentists mainly place restorations to fix cavities, but they also can be placed solely for aesthetic reasons.
Cosmetic restorations can be used to fix a tooth that has turned a gray color after having a root canal done. Sometimes teeth look yellower or white spots appear on the teeth after braces are removed. This can be upsetting because the teeth are perfectly straight, but now the color is not right. Porcelain veneers can be placed on top of the tooth to fix these color mismatches.
Some crowns, have a metal substructure underneath the tooth colored porcelain. Sometimes, if the gum recedes away from the crown, a dark black line can be seen at the edge of the crown near the gum line-which is the metal substructure. This can be unsightly if that crown is on your front teeth and the black line is visible when you smile. In this case, a cosmetic porcelain crown can be a great way to get rid of the black line.
If you have chipped teeth, pointy teeth, or a small tooth that didn’t form properly, laminate veneers may be an option. Certain medications, like tetracycline antibiotics, taken when the teeth are forming result in dark bands on the teeth that may not be completely removed with whitening gel.
Porcelain crowns, or laminate veneers may be a good option to cover the dark bands. Cosmetic porcelain crowns and veneers can be fabricated to the desired shade. They can look like natural teeth, with the translucency and natural variances teeth possess. Crowns that look like pieces of Chiclets gum are a thing of the past. If you are looking to do any cosmetic work, you should thoroughly research the cosmetic general dentist and see a portfolio of their completed cosmetic cases.