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Cosmetic Dentistry

July 6th, 2016

Cosmetic Dentistry



Bleaching is a common and popular chemical process used to whiten teeth. Some people get their teeth bleached to make stains disappear, while other just want a whiter shade.
Discoloration occurs in the enamel and can be caused by medication, coffee, tea and cigarettes. Discoloration also can be hereditary or due simply to getting older.
Bleaching can be performed by your dentist in the office or, under dental supervision, at home. Many patients enjoy bleaching at home because it is more convenient. Treatment begins when your dentist creates a custom mouthpiece to ensure the correct amount of whitening solution is used and that your teeth are properly exposed. Typically, whitening at home takes two to four weeks, depending on the desired shade you wish to achieve. Whitening in the office may call for one or more 45-minute to one-hour visits to your dentist’s office.


Bonding is tooth-colored material used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. Requiring a single office visit, bonding lasts several years. Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities. Additionally, it can be used to close spaces between teeth or cover the entire outside surface of a tooth to change its color and shape.


Crowns, also known as caps, cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. Due to their cost, they are used in cases where other procedures will not be effective. Crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations, but are the most time-consuming.


Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Veneers are used to treat some of the same problems as bonding.
This treatment is an alternative to crowns, which are more expensive. The procedure requires your dentist to take an impression of your tooth. Before the custom-made veneer is cemented directly onto the tooth, your dentist will lightly buff the tooth to compensate for the added thickness of the veneer. Once the cement is between the veneer and your tooth, a light beam is used to harden it. Porcelain veneers require more than one visit because they are fabricated in a laboratory. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding.

Contouring and reshaping

Tooth reshaping and contouring, is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped or irregularly shaped teeth or even overlapping teeth in a single session. Tooth reshaping and contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth. Contouring teeth may also help correct small problems with bite. It is common for bonding to be combined with tooth reshaping.
This procedure is ideal for candidates with normal, healthy teeth but who want subtle changes to their smile. Your dentist will take X-rays to evaluate the size and location of the pulp of each tooth to ensure that there’s enough bone between the teeth to support them.
Which procedure is right for me?
Your dentist can answer any questions you may have about techniques used to improve your smile. The condition of your teeth and desired result you want often dictates the best procedure. If you are considering a treatment, there are a few questions you can ask your dentist before deciding if a particular procedure is right for you.

  • What will the changes look like?
  • What should I expect through the course of treatment?
  • What type of maintenance will be required?

What should I look for in a cosmetic dentist?
In order to make sure your dentist is skilled in cosmetic dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recommends that you ask your dentist for the following items before undergoing treatment:

  • Before and after photos. These photos will allow you to examine the results of other patients being treated by the dentist to make sure his or her work fits your dental needs.
  • References. References allow you to get a sense of the quality of care the dentist provides.
  • Proof of continuing education. Be certain that your dentist has taken continuing education courses to keep him or her up-to-date with the latest techniques in clinical cosmetic dentistry.

Your dentist can answer the questions you have about the techniques used to improve your smile. The condition of your teeth and your desired result often indicate the best procedure for you.

Contact us and let us help you achieve your smile goals today.

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Cosmetic Dentistry 

Cosmetic dentistry is a general term used to refer to a series of dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums, bite or a combination of these. Parkview Dental in Vancouver provides all types of cosmetic dental services for clients throughout Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster. 

The Best Cosmetic Dental Treatment for Every Client

Every patient has individual expectations and needs that must be carefully addressed and tailored to their own personal treatment plan. As a leading Vancouver Dentist, we believe that the best cosmetic dental treatment plan varies among patients. and the best cosmetic dentist for one patient is not necessarily the same for another one.

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Cosmetic Dental Services at Parkview Dental in Vancouver

At Parkview Dental in Vancouver, we offer many different types of cosmetic dental services. See below:

All-Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns is a type of cosmetic dentistry that provides a beautiful, natural look to your smile. All-porcelain dental crowns are made of gold, porcelain fused to metal or new, all-white porcelain materials. 

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is another type of cosmetic dentistry that involves a modern, simple procedure that can improve your smile. A single tooth can be shaped and coloured or your entire smile can be changed.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are an excellent way to replace a missing tooth and keep a beautiful smile. A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth by attaching to the teeth on either side of the empty space.

Ceramic Onlays

Ceramic Onlays are a terrific alternative to silver amalgam fillings. When a dental restoration is of small or moderate size, it can be effectively restored directly with a composite resin.

Dental Contouring

Dental contouring is another type of cosmetic dentistry that Parkview Dental provides. Contouring levels off teeth that are positioned unevenly or that have become chipped or worn over the years.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. Vancouver’s best dentist at Parkview Dental provides dental implants to help your smile look its best. If you are missing one or more teeth but would not like a full or partial denture and would prefer to leave the adjacent teeth untouched, dental implants are a wonderful choice. 

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells bonded to the front surface of teeth. Porcelain veneers are a terrific type of cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile.

Teeth Whitening 

Teeth whitening is the first step in feeling good and looking great with a whiter, brighter smile! Teeth whitening helps remove stains and discolouration from the enamel and dentin, and is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures today.