Friday, January 22, 2016

A Cosmetic Dentist Shares Alternatives to Braces

Cosmetic DentistIf you would like to improve your teeth, our cosmetic dentist office can provide you with quality alternatives to straightening treatments like braces. Our cosmetic dentistry practices involve the use of quality materials with skilled hands, and our experienced dentists can inform you on the best treatment options for your particular wants. To learn more about how a visit to our office can improve your smile dramatically, continue reading.

Dental/Porcelain Veneers

When patients visit our office with the hope of improving their teeth, we can offer them many improvement options. Some patients prefer to avoid straightening treatments like braces at all costs. If this is the case, dental veneers are an excellent alternative. Porcelain veneers, also called dental veneers, are wafer-thin, hard shells of porcelain permanently bonded to the fronts of teeth that are crooked, discolored, chipped, misaligned, or have spacing issues. Dental veneers are incredibly resilient to staining, comfortable in your mouth, and long-lasting. Since they are firmly attached to your teeth, they are very strong, grounded, and durable.

Veneers can be compared to crowns, except they cover only the visible portion of your tooth rather than the entire thing, which requires less dental drilling on your natural enamel. They improve your teeth's appearance by straightening, lengthening, or whitening your smile. A small amount of your tooth structure will be removed to allow the veneers to adhere closely and comfortably. They can provide you with the biggest improvement for a small amount of dental work and an affordable price.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is also be used to improve shaping and spacing issues that would otherwise be treated by braces. With bonding, a dentist will use a resin material to cover imperfections and fill in spaces. The bonding is hardened so it will remain in place and become durable. This is a conservative option if you are considering improving your dental imperfections. It can be completed in one quick appointment. Dental bonding is best when used on smaller-scale improvements.

Teeth Shaping/Contouring

Our teeth shaping and contouring procedures can be used to correct minor imperfections like one or two crowded or overlapping teeth. We use our sculpting tools to gently remove bits of enamel, then shape and polish the areas that have been worked on after we have sealed any vulnerable portions in order to protect them from decay.

Each of these cosmetic dentist procedures results in a beautifully improved smile. If you would like a complete smile makeover, we can also combine these treatments in order to completely transform your teeth. In addition to these procedures, we offer restorative treatments if you need improvements due to missing teeth or periodontal disease damages. Whatever your cosmetic dentistry needs are, we can help. Visit our office for more information about what we can do for your individual needs.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Dental Implants Are a Permanent Alternative to Dentures

Dental ImplantsIf you are wearing dentures, dental implants are an alternative solution that look and feel like natural teeth. While dentures are practical and provide patients with the appearance of a full set of teeth, they never feel quite natural. Implants, on the other hand, feel the same as the rest of your teeth so there is no way to tell which teeth are natural and which teeth are replacements.

Over seventy percent of adults over the age of sixty-five experience some form of tooth loss. Even young adults suffer from this age old problem, with around thirty percent of those over thirty five suffering from tooth loss. If this happens to you, it is important to decide how you want to replace the missing tooth. An experienced cosmetic dentist can help you to determine which solution will best fit with your lifestyle and the goals you have for your appearance.

Dental implants are ideal for people that have an active lifestyle and don't want their teeth to slow them down. Once the implant is installed, patients can eat all of their favorite foods, speak normally, and care for the implant as they do the rest of their teeth. This is a brush and go solution because as long as remember to practice good oral hygiene at home, along with visiting the dentist twice a year, you will never have to think about your replacement tooth again.

How the Process Works

In order to receive dental implants, you need to schedule a consultation with an experienced dentist. Our staff are experts at using this technology and able to determine if your gums and jawbone are in good enough health to schedule the procedure. If they are not, there are specific dental treatments that can get them ready. During your examination, a mold will be taken of your mouth so that the lab can create a synthetic tooth, or teeth, that is the right size and shape to blend in with your other natural teeth. If you want to have your teeth whitened now is an excellent time to do so because the synthetic tooth will be made to match your natural ones.

The first step in the procedure is to have a titanium post implanted under the surface of your gums. This piece will be secured to your jawbone and eventually the two will fuse together, creating an extremely durable synthetic root system. An abutment will be attached at the surface of your gums. Once the gums are healed the new tooth will be attached and put into position. This allows a cosmetic dentist to create a perfectly straight beautiful smile that looks and feels amazing. The entire process takes several months since your gums and bone need to heal after the implant procedure. During that time, you may want to wear temporary or immediate dentures so that no one will know that you don't have a full set of teeth. To learn more about the process or to schedule an examination, call today.