If you are not completely happy with the way your smile looks, you are certainly not alone. Surveys show that many adults feel that way. If you are one of them, we’d like to talk to you about how the art of smile design can enhance not just your smile, but also your self-confidence, health, and emotional well-being.
A beautiful smile can impact your social and professional life in extremely positive ways. And these days, there’s so much that can be done to improve the appearance of a person’s smile — at any age. The best thing about smile design is that it is not a one-size-fits-all approach. It is a collaboration between you, your dentist, and sometimes other skilled professionals including dental laboratory artisans. Working together, we will produce a result that is uniquely suited to your own desires and circumstances.
As dental professionals, we are aware of principles of smile design including symmetry, harmony, balance, and proportion. We take them all into account as we plan your smile makeover. Yet beauty is highly subjective and your opinions count the most; we want to know how you would like your own smile to look. After we have discussed this with you, we will give you a complete oral exam to see if any of your cosmetic issues are in fact health-related. For example, a discolored tooth might indicate a need for a root canal treatment. In this way, we can devise a plan that will leave your smile healthier as well as more beautiful. Cosmetic procedures available to us include:
- Whitening — We offer in-office treatments using the strongest bleaching solutions available, or we can fabricate custom-made mouth trays for effective at-home bleaching.
- Porcelain Veneers — These thin, lifelike shells of dental ceramic material can correct poor color, shape and spacing, just to name a few uses.
- Bonding — Composite resins (a mixture of plastic and glass) can be attached or “bonded” to most healthy tooth structure to repair chipped teeth.
- Porcelain Crowns — Custom-made out of lifelike dental ceramic material, crowns or “caps” can restore badly decayed or injured teeth, and even replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge.
- Dental Implants — These tiny screw-shaped titanium posts replace the root-part of a missing tooth. They are topped with a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth. Together, the implant and crown form a highly successful tooth-replacement system.
- Orthodontics — It’s not a stretch to call orthodontics, or straightening teeth, the original smile makeover tool. After all, misaligned teeth impact a smile in a highly visible way. We have newer options that make orthodontic treatment less noticeable and less intrusive than ever — with equally spectacular results!
This list is extensive but by no means exhaustive. So if there’s something that’s been bothering you about the way your teeth look, let’s design — and achieve — the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
It’s hard to imagine anything more appealing than a sparkling, white smile. Yet our teeth rarely stay as white as we’d like them to without a little help. Fortunately, that help is available right here at the dental office.
Teeth whitening done in a professional dental setting is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. It’s also perhaps the most economical cosmetic dental procedure. Depending on the whitening method you choose, results can be dramatic: in-office whitening, for example, can lighten teeth three to eight shades in a single hour.
Professionally supervised whitening will work faster, and protect sensitive gums and tooth-root surfaces better, than over-the-counter whitening products. Having an oral exam before you begin any whitening process is an important first step, as we want to make sure your tooth discoloration is not the result of a dental condition in need of treatment. We also want you to be aware that it can be risky to have whitening solutions applied to your teeth by untrained personnel in shopping malls. If you have any questions about which whitening method would be best for you, we would be happy to answer them.
Professional Whitening Methods
Professional whitening makes use of high-concentration bleaching gels that are not available over the counter.
- In-Office Whitening — This technique offers the fastest results with the most powerful whitening solutions available. First, we will cover your gums and tooth-root surfaces with a protective barrier to ensure your safety. A thin plastic device known as a retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as we apply a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel, which we will leave on for about an hour. When we remove the gel, the results will be obvious immediately.
- Take-Home Whitening — This is another effective way to whiten your teeth, though you will play a greater role in ensuring the best possible results and several weeks may be needed to achieve your desired level of whiteness. First, we will take a mold of your teeth and then have two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays custom-made for you — one for the top teeth and one for the bottom. You will fill the trays with whitening gel and then position the trays over your teeth. The trays are left in usually for about an hour at a time.
Caring for Your Whitened Smile
There are lots of things you can do to make sure your whitening results last as long as possible, and this will vary from person to person (six months to two years or even longer). First of all, please maintain your usual, conscientious routine of brushing and flossing every day, and keep up with your regular schedule of professional cleanings here at the dental office. Avoid foods and beverages that stain, including red wine, tea and coffee. If you smoke, use your newly whitened teeth as an impetus to quit — a good idea in any event! A minor touch-up every so often, either at home or here at the dental office, can keep your smile bright and beautiful for years.