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Cosmetic Dentistry

Tompkins Dental

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Located in the Cayuga Mall, Ithaca, NY

Cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening, veneers, and inlays or onlays are some of the most popular options for smile enhancement, and for good reason. These treatments can really transform your smile. At Tompkins Dental, located in the Cayuga Mall in Ithaca, New York, gentle dentist Raminder Singh, DDS, helps you attain the smile you want while ensuring that you’re at peak dental health. Use the online appointment scheduler or call the office to get started now.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are ultrathin porcelain sheets that Dr. Singh customizes to fit the front of your teeth. If you don’t like the shape, size, or general appearance of one or more of your teeth, veneers could be an excellent solution. 

Veneers can conceal cracks, chips, worn-down teeth, and badly discolored teeth. They can also improve spacing, such as concealing gaps between your front teeth. Veneers also strengthen your teeth, so they’re a win-win procedure if you want to enhance your smile.

The biggest benefit of veneers is the ability to redesign your smile without losing or drastically changing your natural teeth. In fact, Dr. Singh only removes a tiny amount of your enamel to bond the veneers in place. 

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are two options to treat tooth decay in an aesthetically pleasing way. They are both made of porcelain or porcelain composite that’s matched to your natural tooth color. 


An inlay fits into your tooth, between the cusps, to replace the decayed area. 


An onlay is a more extensive inlay that covers both the area between cusps and at least one tooth cusp. 

Many patients choose inlays or onlays as an alternative to a traditional filling since they restore your tooth invisibly. 

What is the most effective way to whiten my teeth?

The most effective, and fastest, way to whiten your teeth is professional whitening in the Tompkins Dental office. With Zoom® in-office whitening, you can whiten your teeth by as many as eight shades in only 45 minutes. It’s the ideal solution if you want immediate results or you just don’t have time for a home whitening system.

If in-office whitening isn't right for you, you can use another powerful Zoom formula to whiten your teeth at home over a few weeks. The home whitening system includes customized trays and a similar, reduced strength whitening solution. 

Options for home whitening include the DayWhite solution, which you wear for 30 minutes a day for two weeks, or the NightWite solution that you wear for 2-4 hours a day or overnight for two weeks. Both give you great results, although not quite as dramatic as in-office whitening.

Tompkins Dental has all the cosmetic dentistry options you need to achieve your perfect smile. Book an appointment online or by phone now.