Once upon a time, creating cosmetic dentistry was at odds with creating functional dentistry. The most common esthetic restoration then was porcelain fused to metal. Unfortunately, it never looked natural because light can’t pass through metal. So, we had to hide the edge of the crown under the gum line which can cause inflamed gums. In some cases where the teeth are naturally small, as with lower incisors, we created bulky looking crowns because we needed a minimum thickness of porcelain to hide the underlying metal. Also, since porcelain fused to metal crowns are CEMENTED to the underlying tooth, we had to remove more tooth structure to prevent cement failure and loss of the crown.
Today, cosmetic dentistry is in harmony with functional dentistry. Today, we BOND (not cement) porcelain (just porcelain, no metal) directly to teeth. So, we don’t have to hide the edge of the crown below the gum line and our gums are happier for it. Now, the teeth are the correct size after crowning since we don’t have mask underlying metal. The best part about today’s cosmetic dentistry is that, by in large, we only need to remove the diseased and fractured parts of the teeth to restore them. You see, bonded porcelain restorations need much less tooth removal to assure a strong and retentive restoration.
A beautiful smile can say a lot about you. It can be the ultimate expression of your personality. A beautiful smile can bring you and others around you joy. Using specialized training and cutting-edge technology, Dr. Foushee and our team strive to give you a beautiful, long lasting smile. If you want a whiter, brighter, or straighter smile, our team can deliver the stunning results you want. As an experienced cosmetic Aliso Viejo dentist, Dr. Richard Foushee has the skills to refine your smile. You can have the smile of your dreams when you come see the professionals at our office.