What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is dental treatment that improves the beauty and health of one’s smile. Nearly every dental procedure has 2 elements: Aesthetics and function. Quality cosmetic dentistry takes both of these elements into consideration; so that one may rest assured they will not only look great, but enjoy hassle free long-term results.

What are some examples of cosmetic dentistry procedures?

Cosmetic dentistry covers a multitude of procedures from smile teeth whitening to repairing, straightening, replacing or enhancing the appearance of one’s teeth and smile. Typical examples of cosmetic dentistry are porcelain veneers and crowns.

What is a veneer?

Modern metal-free dentistry has evolved to a point where we can be much more conservative with tooth preparation. A veneer is essentially a conservative crown. Rather than encompassing the entire tooth, a cosmetic veneer, essentially covers the visible part of a tooth preserving a large amount of the natural tooth structure. Veneers can straighten, lengthen and whiten teeth to provide the desired smile and bite. Each veneered tooth must be shaped. This means that an outer layer of the natural tooth structure is removed to allow space for veneer placement.

How long do veneers last?

When “seated” correctly, veneers are strong and can last for many years, even a lifetime with good oral care.

What is teeth whitening?

Unlike porcelain veneers, regular teeth are porous and susceptible to staining. Teeth stain at different rates depending on mouth chemistry, diet and lifestyle (foods and drinks they consume). This means that how easily teeth stain and how easily they whiten varies from person to person. There are numerous methods on the market today that range in price and ease of use. The premise behind most teeth whitening methods is essentially the same — a form of hydrogen peroxide finds its way into the pores of the teeth and bleaches stained particles. The variable is in the type of application and the corresponding strength of the whitening gel. What works well for one person may not work well for another. At Smile Creaotrs, we use Zoom! a one-hour professional whitening system!

Will teeth whitening be harmful to my teeth?

No. Studies have shown that with normal or suggested use of teeth whitening products, there is no harmful effect on teeth. It is common for some people to have some sensitivity to the teeth whitening products.

Braces or Veneers?

If you are happy with the shape and color of your teeth, then orthodontic teeth straightening may be a good option for you. If you want to whiten and enhance the shape of your teeth as well as straighten them, then cosmetic dentistry will give you the results you are looking for while saving you time and money. Clear teeth aligners provide a great alternative to traditional braces. Though not always necessary, some people will choose to undergo some teeth straightening prior to be fitted with cosmetic veneers.

What is a dental implant?

This is a surgical procedure designed to replace a missing tooth. An dental implant is a titanium cylinder that is placed in the bone and replaces what was once the root of the tooth. A crown is attached to the implant to simulate an individual tooth.

How long does the implant procedure take?

Once a person is deemed a good candidate for dental implants, then there is one visit to surgically place the implant. Some applications are ready for immediate restoration, others may be required to wait anywhere from 3 to 6 months for bone growth to solidify around the implant to anchor it. At this point the implant can be restored to completion.

Why do i need to have my teeth cleaned and how often?

There is more happening than just “cleaning your teeth” at an advanced dental office. The primary aspect of the visit is to remove tarter and calculus from around the teeth and under the gum where floss and a tooth brush do not reach. The periodontist will measure the depth of the “pocket,” or space, between the tooth and gum. These measurements should be taken at least once a year. Up to three millimeters is considered healthy, as this is the barrier between the exposed part of your tooth and the inner workings of your body. Three millimeters is also the maximum depth that floss will reach. When people don’t floss as often as necessary, dental cleaning visits are even more important. A visit every six months is recommended for people in good oral health who floss and take good care of their teeth and gums. For some people, more frequent visits may be necessary.