Dentists can provide more than just regular checkups and cleanings. With cosmetic dentistry, we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Whether it’s staining from years of coffee or a chipped front tooth, we can restore the look as well as the functionality of your teeth.
Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth while also restoring your ability to chew easily. Porcelain veneers provide a natural look while also being durable and stain-resistant. Invisalign is a discreet alternative to metal braces for straighter teeth. Professional teeth whitening can restore your teeth to their natural brightness. Crowns can cover problematic areas while strengthening your teeth.
Dental implants are the perfect long-term solution for a missing tooth. These prosthetic teeth last much longer than other options and may even last a lifetime with proper care.
Implants are made of three primary components:
- A fixture for root replacement
- An abutment
- A crown
The fixture, usually made of titanium, is implanted in your jawbone and acts as an anchor for your new tooth. An abutment is a piece that supports the new tooth. The crown is the new ceramic crown on top of your gums.
A missing tooth can make you feel self-conscious, but it can also impact the functionality of your mouth. Consider a missing molar. While most people probably won’t notice that one of your back teeth is missing, you’ll be aware of it every time that you’re chewing your food.
Difficulty chewing a wide variety of nutritious foods can have a severe impact on your overall health. A missing tooth also causes more force to be applied to adjacent teeth which could cause damage to the remaining teeth.
In this way, a dental implant can support the function of your tooth as well as restore your smile. They require no more special care than your original teeth. Just make sure that you’re brushing, flossing, and visiting My Family Dentistry for your regularly scheduled appointments. For more questions about dental implants answered by Dr. Wes, click here.
Porcelain veneers are the perfect option if your teeth have been damaged or severely stained. Veneers actually come in two types — porcelain and resin composites. While both will provide you with a more confident smile, porcelain veneers stand out for their durability and more tooth-like look.
Resin composite veneers last 4-8 years. Porcelain varieties, on the other hand, last 10-15 years. They’re also more durable and stain-resistant than resin composites. Porcelain veneers are more translucent, allowing them to reflect light similarly to natural teeth. Overall, they provide a much more ideal natural look than resin composites.
The application process occurs in two visits. First, we will remove a layer of enamel from your tooth or teeth to make room for your veneers. We then make a mold of your teeth and find the best shade to compliment your smile. The molds are sent to a lab to make your custom veneers. We will provide you with a temporary set until they’re ready to be set.
Your veneers will be set during your second visit. We double-check to make sure the veneers fit and make any necessary adjustments beforehand. Once that’s complete, we clean and bond your new veneers to your teeth. Check out our article on veneers to learn more.
Invisalign for Crooked Teeth
Would you like straighter teeth without the hassle of metal braces? If so then Invisalign may be the right fit for you. Invisalign is a discreet way to straighten your teeth without the need for metal brackets and wires. Instead, it uses clear plastic trays that gradually reposition your teeth over time.
With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about needing them to be regularly tightened to straighten your teeth. You also don’t have to worry about the discomfort traditional braces bring. This is because Invisalign exerts less pressure on your teeth while producing the same effects. The end result is a smile you can be proud of without the hassle and discomfort of braces.
Keep in mind that not all cases will qualify for Invisalign. While it can help with mild or moderate cases in need of straightening, more severe cases will require traditional braces.
Want to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign? Check out our blog post to learn how Invisalign can give you the smile that you deserve.
Professional Teeth Whitening and Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular forms of cosmetic dentistry. Whitening toothpaste and trays from the drugstore may be fine for some stains. However, you’ll need professional teeth whitening if you want to remove deep-set stains and restore their original glow. That’s why the Kör Whitening system is our choice for in-office whitening.
Most whitening systems use hydrogen peroxide to brighten teeth. The downside is that these gels become diluted by saliva, resulting in lackluster results. Kör Whitening avoids this problem by using special trays that ensure your teeth get maximum results. They allow for the process to be effective for six to 10 hours rather than the normal half-hour.
Whether it’s for a wedding or you just want to treat yourself, a brighter smile is possible with the Kör Whitening system. Check out our recent blog to learn about it and our other whitening options.
Your teeth can be easily damaged or weakened. Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are a versatile way to protect your tooth while restoring its look and functionality. There are a variety of reasons why you could benefit from a crown, but some of the most common reasons are:
- Root canals
- Advanced cavities
- Misshapen teeth
Root canals are essential for removing the infected pulp and preventing future infections. Unfortunately, they can also leave your teeth weakened and more prone to being damaged. Crowns pull triple-duty after a root canal by both restoring the look of your tooth, protecting it from future damage, and helping prevent later infections.
Cavities are easily one of the most common dental problems on Earth. While smaller cavities can be fixed with a filling, they can become too large for a filling if left untreated. That’s where crowns come in. In this case, our team at My Family Dentistry will remove the decayed area and place a crown to bring back its original look and protect it from breaking.
Misshapen teeth can be present when they appear, be the result of an accident, or be caused by tooth decay. With dental crowns, you can smile confidently and rest easy knowing that your teeth are protected. Check out our blog on dental crowns to learn more about how they can restore and protect your smile.
You have tons of options for revitalizing your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Dental implants replace missing teeth while porcelain veneers cover chips and deep stains. Invisalign provides a straighter smile without the discomfort of traditional braces. With professional teeth whitening, we can restore your smile’s natural glow. Dental crowns allow for natural-looking teeth while also protecting their functionality.
Would you like to learn how cosmetic dentistry can restore your smile? Contact us today to discover how!
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