You can look good and have a healthy smile. Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways cosmetic dentistry can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, stained or discolored teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth, and “gummy” smiles. Your doctor will work with you to create a customized treatment plan, based on your goals for your teeth, as well as on your finances.
Teeth Whitening – At Home
You can have the confidence that comes from a bright, white smile. If you are happy with the alignment and spacing of your teeth, a tooth-whitening procedure may be all that separates you from a dazzling smile. Tooth whitening is safe, effective, and long lasting.
Your custom, home-whitening kit involves a special tray that is customized to fit over your teeth. You also receive prescription whitening gel, which is inserted into the tray before you wear it. Your doctor gives you detailed instructions about how long you should wear the tray each day, and you should expect the entire home-whitening process to take between two and four weeks, leaving you with a dazzling, white smile!
When teeth are missing, your smile undergoes significant changes. Missing teeth cause you to chew differently and may cause mouth pain. As your remaining teeth work to compensate for the tooth loss, gaps and spaces form that only make the situation worse. A porcelain bridge, custom designed by your doctor at Laurel Manor Dental, keeps your smile aligned and your bite functional. Bridges are anchored to existing teeth or crowns on either side of the missing tooth. They are semi-permanent, which means they can only be affixed or removed by a dentist, and they are a long-term restorative solution to your damaged smile.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns are customized for you, covering broken, cracked, or discolored teeth. Crowns are a durable, strong, long-lasting method of enhancing both the look and functionality of your smile. After some preparation of the tooth or teeth that will receive the crown(s), your doctor will position a custom-milled, lifelike porcelain crown over your damaged tooth, restoring and rejuvenating your oral health.
When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. However, with advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings. Tooth-colored fillings can be shaded and shaped to perfectly match your natural teeth. They also form a better seal with your natural tooth structure, helping prevent sensitivity or future decay. You may even elect to remove your old silver fillings in favor of new, undetectable tooth-colored fillings.
Bonding is a tooth-colored material applied and adhered to the surface of the tooth without reducing the structure of the tooth in most cases. Your doctor will sculpt the material to create a natural-looking tooth. Bonding corrects chipped and broken teeth, discolored teeth, and can also, in some cases, correct gaps. It is less expensive than veneers but doesn’t last as long and can stain. A benefit of bonding is that, generally, the natural structure of the tooth can be maintained.