07 Dec 2016
Cosmetic dentistry can help patients make dramatic improvements in their smile, often in a minimal amount of time. If there are specific defects that are detracting from your smile, this specialty can help with modern treatments that address a range of flaws, such as discoloration or damaged teeth.
Teeth whitening is one particularly popular and simple cosmetic dentistry intervention. Some teeth whitening systems achieve results in as little as an hour. These treatments are administered in a dentist’s office, and the bleaching gel is activated by lasers, allowing it to take effect more quickly.
Patients may also choose at-home teeth whitening treatments in which they wear the bleaching gels in custom-designed trays for a specified number of hours. It does take a bit longer to achieve the desired results with this method, but results may be more consistent with at-home systems, which also typically cost less than in-office treatments.
Porcelain veneers are also useful in cosmetic dentistry. These versatile tooth-shaped shells can be bonded atop biological teeth to conceal flaws like chips, cracks and deep stains, as well as “straightening” a line of slightly crooked teeth or bring an undersized tooth into the correct proportions. After the veneers have be crafted according to the unique specifications of the patient’s smile, they are bonded to the patient’s teeth using dental cement. Although veneers are made of porcelain, they are quite strong when attached to the teeth and can last for years when the patient takes good care of them.
Dark metal fillings are another factor that can compromise your smile’s appearance, and patients who got these metal fillings years ago can upgrade to tooth-colored restorations, made of composite materials. Your old metal fillings can be removed and replaced with composite ones, eliminating the dark spots in your smile.
The art of improving smiles has become quite advanced, and patients can often see significant results in a matter of weeks. If you are dissatisfied with your smile’s appearance, call the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340 to schedule a consultation and learn about the interventions that can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
09 Aug 2016
Cosmetic dentistry has provided numerous advancements in recent years making many procedures once only available to the wealthy now more acceptable and accessible for many patients. Dental stain, crooked or misshapen teeth, chipped enamel … our dental team has a solution for these and many more cosmetic issues. You can arrange a consultation to see what can be done to enhance your smile!
Teeth whitening – This is possibly one of the most effective cosmetic enhancements you can enjoy. Patients wishing to have teeth whitened in one brief visit can opt for in-office whitening. There is also a program that allows the patient to whiten teeth at their own pace in the privacy of home with a customized plan designed to work for their needs.
Acquiring teeth whitening from your dentist versus online or your local store has numerous advantages: if you have questions or concerns, there is a dental professional available to address them. Being dispensed by a licensed dentist, the products you buy from your dentist are the most effective and powerful on the market giving you rapid and successful results when directions are correctly followed.
Tooth-colored restorations – Dental bonding or decay repair can be completed using a tooth colored composite resin that is both safe and aesthetically appealing. Cosmetic repairs can be done; old amalgam fillings can be removed and replaced; and small chips can be resolved using this strong bonding material. Completed repairs are virtually undetectable.
Porcelain veneers – Veneers are wafer thin, tooth colored shells that are made to be placed on the front of teeth requiring correction. One or multiple veneers can be prescribed to correct problems such as gaps between teeth, uneven or misshapen teeth, deep dental stain, or broken teeth.
Veneers are made by the dental lab to the size, shape, and color as designated by your dentist. When they are ready to place, they will be “tried-in” for size, comfort, appearance, and functionality. Small tweaks can be made by your dentist, if needed. A minimal amount of dental enamel will have been removed from the front of teeth receiving veneers so when cemented in place they will blend in with untreated teeth.
You can readily see how cosmetic dentistry can enhance your smile. But it is up to you to take the first. Contact the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340 to schedule your professional consultation.
09 Nov 2015
If you are suffering with multiple types of smile imperfections, you might be overwhelmed with your cosmetic dentistry options. Today, patients have more options and access to cosmetic dental treatments than ever before. Our dental team understands the importance of having a great smile. After all, your smile says a lot about you. Having an attractive smile can certainly improve your social life and even your professional life.
Fortunately, patients suffering with multiple smile flaws can achieve a stunning, red carpet-worthy smile with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers provide a uniform look and beautiful enhancement to the appearance of teeth. Receiving veneers is a permanent procedure, and with proper care, your new smile can last for years to come.
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are cosmetic enhancements that are permanently bonded over the front sides of teeth. A veneer is a tooth-shaped restoration that can conceal stains, cracks, and chips as well as cover up misaligned and improperly spaced teeth. Ultra-thin, a veneer is crafted from high quality porcelain to cover a specific tooth. Each veneer is made to exact measurements so that it naturally enhances and complements a patient’s tooth. After veneers are bonded to teeth, patients will enjoy an instantly straight, white, and beautiful smile.
What is the procedure like?
The first step to receiving veneers is to consult with our dentist. At your consultation, we will determine if this procedure is right for you. If you are not a candidate for veneers, we will discuss alternatives that are better suited to your needs. Once the decision to receive veneers is made, patients will visit our office so that our team can take impressions of the teeth. After gently reducing a minuscule amount of each tooth that is being treated, molds will be taken. These molds will be used to determine the measurements of each veneer. Based on the molds, dental technicians in laboratories will then construct the veneers. When the veneers are ready, a patient will return to our office for the placement process. Receiving veneers is minimally invasive and produces little to no discomfort.
To schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation, contact the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340.
10 Sep 2015
Do you wish your teeth were whiter? Perhaps you desire a straighter smile. Whatever dental imperfections you may have, there exist many options for improving your appearance.
Our practice offers a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can transform the way you look and the way you feel about yourself. Many of our patients who have received cosmetic treatments have reported great satisfaction with not only their rejuvenated appearances but in overall quality of life. Our dentist has experience placing tooth-colored restorations, dental implants, and porcelain veneers. Our practice also offers professional teeth whitening services and Invisalign clear braces.
Popular Cosmetic Procedures
We offer the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures that improve one’s appearance without affecting oral function. Tooth-colored restorations are a great way to perform necessary dental work like placing crowns or fillings without looking unnatural. Using composite resin or porcelain, our team can place restorations that blend flawlessly with biological tooth structure. White restorations protect teeth from damage and decay without affecting the aesthetics of a patient’s smile. Our team can also replace old, metal dental work with tooth-colored alternatives.
Porcelain veneers are another method for producing a beautiful smile. These cosmetic enhancements are custom made to fit over teeth so that a patient can permanently conceal discoloration, cracks, and chips along with crooked teeth. A combination of veneers can create a perfectly white and straight smile.
If you are suffering with a dull and discolored smile, receiving professional teeth whitening treatments may be the most effective way to boost your confidence in a short amount of time. Unlike store bought products, our whitening treatments offer powerful yet safe bleaching agents that lighten teeth about eight shades brighter. Receiving teeth whitening is non-invasive and comfortable.
Other options for improving the appearance and function of your smile are dental implants and clear braces. Dental implants replace lost teeth and are very durable. Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that utilizes clear, plastic retainer-like appliances to move teeth discreetly.
To schedule a smile makeover consultation with our dentist, contact the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340.