Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Teeth whitening is a well known procedure of cosmetic dentistry that most people can enjoy comfortably. It has increased in popularity over the last 20 years and is safe as well as reliable. In-office whitening is great to jump start the process in conjunction with a home kit to bring out the sparkle in your smile. A home kit is perfect for occasional touch-ups throughout the year as well. However, a thorough exam is necessary before treatment to ensure that there are not any oral health concerns prior to whitening.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Did you know that there are studies to prove that women tend to have teeth shaped differently from men? Female teeth usually have more rounded edges and are not as wide. Male teeth are more wide and broader with noticeable defined angles. We often have patients that ask if we can fix their smile to fit these descriptions. It can be done easily with cosmetic dentistry. Sometimes it may only involve reshaping teeth without anesthesia. Other times it can require bonding, veneers, or other options.
Monday, June 11, 2018
In a beautiful painting, it's not a single color of paint that matters. It is the combination of all the colors in harmony with each other that makes a painting described as art. The same philosophy applies to cosmetic dentistry. It may not always be just the chipped, or oddly shaped, or dark tooth that needs to be fixed. There are cases when the best results can only be achieved when treating the adjacent teeth as well to create the most natural appearance.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Although a routine checkup may not be seem important, it provides the best predictor when something might be starting to become a problem. A cavity usually takes at least three weeks before it will be evident on an x-ray. Once it does, it commonly indicates that the cavity is larger in your mouth, since an x-ray is only a 2-dimensional picture of a 3-dimensional cavity. Routine appointments every six months reduces the chances that a simple cavity normally fixed with a filling, would turn into a root canal and crown problem.
Monday, June 4, 2018
Cosmetic bonding is available for correcting teeth that don't quite have the shape to fit a nice smile. In this example, a patient has misshaped peg-lateral incisors that initially developed this way. A no-anesthesia, bonding procedure was able to correct her appearance in one visit. Bonding is a safe, non-invasive way to correct many problems since it doesn't remove any tooth structure.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Not all cosmetic dentistry requires a full mouth reconstruction to achieve a great result. Sometimes a simple problem can be corrected with a simple procedure. This patient was unhappy with a space between his teeth and the previous bonding had recently fractured. This procedure was completed in one appointment and without anesthesia.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is the most prestigious organization that focuses on the art and science of comprehensive cosmetic dentistry. The accreditation process is extremely detailed and rigorous to ensure that this honor is only awarded to the most deserving. Cosmetic dentistry is the discipline that involves procedures such as veneers, bonding, porcelain crowns, and aesthetic gum shaping. Most details are measured down to less than 1/10 of a millimeter to ensure a perfect smile.