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The information that follows will help you become familiar with the primary cosmetic dentistry services provided by our practice and how these procedures can help you achieve the smile you desire. Don't worry about understanding the details, though! We'll tell you as much or as little as you want to know about cosmetic dentistry procedures. Our sedation dentistry services are the perfect solution for those who want the results of cosmetic dentistry but dread the implementation.
Veneers and Cosmetic Bonding
In cosmetic dentistry veneers are thin shells made of porcelain that are custom shaped and then cemented to the front of the tooth. These can beautify your smile by covering imperfections such as bleach-resistant stains, chips, slight tooth crookedness, or gaps between teeth.
Another cosmetic dentistry procedure called cosmetic bonding is used in similar situations on the front or other broken or chipped surfaces of the tooth. Cosmetic bonding is a quicker and more conservative treatment that involves the application of tooth-colored material (composite resins), rather than a porcelain shell. While cosmetic bonding is appropriate in some situations, and usually lower in cost, it does not offer the durability and longevity available with porcelain veneers. Cosmetic bonding cannot overcome some of the defects that are more appropriately treated with veneers.
Dr. Williamson was selected again in 2013 as a Top Dentist in the United States, a distinction he has held for more than nine years. The Consumers' Research Council of America chose Dr. Williamson for this honor using a point system to assess each dentist's experience, training, continuing education, and professional association affiliations.
Teeth Whitening in Our Office or at Home
You may not be aware of the differences between cosmetic dentistry services as compared to an over-the-counter option you may have tried. In-office teeth-whitening services offer faster results. Protective material is used to shield the gum and other oral tissue prior to the application of a bleaching agent. An ultraviolet (UV) light may be used to further enhance the effect of the bleach; however, we take care to expose only the teeth and not the other tissue that might be harmed by UV exposure.
Cosmetic dentistry does offer you an at-home treatment option, even though the results won't be as quick as the in-office cosmetic whitening services. Our at-home teeth whitening treatments begin with producing a custom mouthguard that fits your teeth exactly, unlike over-the-counter products. At home, you'll place a whitening gel in the mouthguard to perform the whitening procedure. Your customized plan for in-office or at-home cosmetic whitening will help you understand both the appropriate treatment plan and recommended frequency. As with all our cosmetic dentistry procedures, we are careful to use systems, equipment, and devise treatment plans that help to minimize the possibility of irritation or damage to oral tissues and teeth.
A composite filling is a mixture of tooth-colored material that can be used as an alternative to traditional silver fillings to repair decayed teeth. In cosmetic dentistry, composites are also used in reshaping the teeth or altering their color to enhance your smile. The composite filling is applied in layers, with the final step being the smoothing and polishing of the surface area that completes this cosmetic dentistry process.
Crowns and Bridges
In cosmetic dentistry, a crown (sometimes referred to as a "cap") is used to repair a tooth that has been broken, cracked, or damaged in such a way that a filling is not an option for restoration. Crowns can also be used to keep weak teeth from breaking, and to improve the look of badly shaped or severely discolored teeth. To put on a crown - whether for cosmetic or oral health purposes, we shape the tooth and reduce its size so that a crown can fit over it. We then create impressions of your teeth that will allow us to create a customized crown especially for your tooth. The impressions allow us to maximize the functionality as well as the cosmetic apperance of the crown. While the crown is being made, we place a temporary crown over the tooth. On your next visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown will be cemented in place. A fixed bridge is another cosmetic dentistry procedure that provides a false tooth that is fused between two crowns to fill in the gap where a tooth is missing. This cosmetic procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It cannot be removed from your mouth like dentures could be. An increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry alternative to a bridge is a dental implant. Our cosmetic dentistry smile gallery shows before/after views of a front-tooth dental implant.
Our cosmetic dentistry practice offers traditional braces, clear braces (including Six Month Smiles), and invisible braces (Invisalign) to our patients to help improve their smiles and overall facial appearance. With proper orthodontics, we can treat overbites, underbites, and crooked or crowded teeth to improve both cosmetic appearance and overall dental function. Traditional braces use brackets (metal, ceramic/tooth-colored, or clear plastic) that are bonded to the teeth. Wires are then attached to the brackets and are used to adjust the position of teeth.
Invisible braces (Invisalign and other similar types of systems), because of their lower cosmetic impact, continue to grow in popularity. They use a series of aligners that are transparent, customized, removable inserts that aren't visible to others while you're wearing them. Being able to remove them while eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth helps to avoid the trapping of food and plaque that can become an issue with traditional braces. Each aligner is typically worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next one. Invisible aligners are generally not a good choice for young people who are still waiting for permanent teeth. Our commitment to you is to recommend the orthodontic method that is best suited to dental health, provides the best long-term and short-term cosmetic enhancement and is containable within your budget or payment plan.
While orthodontic and cosmetic problems are often more quickly and simply resolved while the head and mouth are still growing (between ages of 10 and 14 years), braces are no longer just for kids! We offer special solutions, such as Six Month Smiles and Invisalign, which were actually invented to address the needs of adult patients hoping to improve their smiles.
We go out of our way to help you, as patient/parent/guardian, to understand our cosmetic dentistry options. That includes how often you'll have to return for visits, and things you can do (before, during, and after the braces) to help you achieve the best short-term and long-term cosmetic improvements to your smile, appearance, and dental health.