Cosmetic (Esthetic) dentistry is the form of dentistry that deals with the look and function of one's teeth. If you have chipped, stained, or crooked teeth, we can help you attain that perfect smile!
The doctor and experienced staff at Kneib Dentistry will ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed with us during any procedure. We offer nitrous oxide and premedicated oral sedation in order to make any experience as pleasant and painless as possible, and with our offices located in Erie, we can serve the entire region easily and conveniently.
Cosmetic dentistry at Kneib Dentistry is not a major operation. Often, it may require only a minimal number of treatments from Dr. Kneib before you are able to showcase your brand new look to friends, family, and coworkers. When you see how dramatic the results of cosmetic dentistry can be, you'll have plenty of reasons to smile.
What does cosmetic dentistry fix?
What are porcelain veneers?
When teeth require significant changes in their shape or contour, veneers may be the answer. By placing veneers, small or misshapen teeth can be built up to regain a more natural appearance, spaces between teeth can be closed by making the teeth wider, and teeth that are too short can be lengthened.
The veneer is actually a thin piece of porcelain similar in size to a fingernail. Once it is "bonded" onto the tooth, it becomes extremely strong. Dr. Kneib also blends the veneer in with the remaining tooth structure so that it is unnoticeable to the naked eye. Once in place, it looks, feels, and functions just like a regular tooth.
At Kneib Dentistry, we can use porcelain veneers to change the shape and color of a single tooth or, if necessary, revamp an entire smile. Porcelain veneers can also be used to correct teeth that have been worn from clenching and grinding.
How does the appearance of my teeth affect me?
The appearance of the teeth has a dramatic effect on both the person's attractiveness to others and on their own self-image and self-esteem. Studies have shown that a person's appearance will have a strong effect on their social and career success by influencing how others perceive them.
While the appearance of the teeth is one of the most important contributors to facial beauty, it is also probably the most often neglected when improvements to appearance are sought. A person with low self-esteem connected to their facial appearance can often be greatly helped by dental procedures.
Dental makeovers at Kneib Dentistry have become more common, less invasive, and more effective in correcting deformities and dental problems. The effect of these procedures can be nothing short of dramatic both in terms of appearance and also in terms of correcting, at least partially, personality deficiencies caused by poor self-image. Ugly teeth are no longer a matter of fate; they are now becoming a matter of choice.
What is tooth whitening?
Tooth bleaching involves the placement of a bleaching solution on the teeth to eliminate stains and discoloration. The solution is held in place by a custom-made, see-through tray that fits over the teeth - much like a mouthpiece worn by a professional boxer.
Bleaching is a safe, effective, and relatively easy means of producing a whiter smile.
Two bleaching methods are available at Kneib Dentistry: Power Bleaching with a Laser, done at our office, and At-Home-Bleaching, which provides for home use (not to be confused with over-the-counter bleaching products, which is available through local drug stores or area suppliers).
Sensitive teeth, or those that are chipped, eroded or weakened by cavities, should be repaired or protected before they are bleached. The ideal scenario would be to have your teeth cleaned and examined before any bleaching!