Cosmetic dentistry focuses primarily on improved dental aesthetics that contribute to a person’s smile and overall appearance. However, in a practice that embraces cosmetic dentistry as an integral part of maintaining optimal oral health, these techniques work in concert with preventive techniques and those that improve functionality.
Which cosmetic dentistry services do you offer?
I provide a full range of cosmetic dentistry services, including treating damaged, discolored, decayed, or missing teeth with inlays and onlays, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening/bleaching, and Smile Design.
What is Smile Design?
Smile Design is a high-tech, precise way to create attractive new teeth for patients who have aesthetic issues. The process starts with a thorough exam in which x-rays and digital photos are taken of your mouth. The advanced software enables a realistic smile simulation with the click of a few buttons. This shows you how your “after” smile will look and helps guide your customized treatment plan.
Once we decide together that this is the right approach for you, I send your records, photos, and impressions to the lab. The lab creates mock-ups in white colored wax before completing the final restoration. About a week later, you return so that I can shape your teeth to make room for the restoration material and install temporaries.
A few days later, you come back to my office, and together we will evaluate the temporaries, since they are very close to how the final teeth will look. At that time, I can make any additional changes to the shape, length, color, and other aspects until you are pleased with their appearance. After making these changes, I take another impression and additional photos and send them off to the lab as a “blueprint” to create your high-quality, final restorations.
What is the most compelling reason to undergo cosmetic dentistry procedures?
Many patients come to my office with crooked, stained, chipped, or missing teeth, and I can tell that they are suffering emotionally. The effects of having unattractive teeth can go deep, sometimes leading to long-term self-esteem issues, depression, a decline in overall health, and interpersonal relationship problems. Therefore, I believe the most compelling reason a person should consider one of these procedures is to help boost their self-esteem and confidence, which can make them a healthier, happier, and more productive person in the long run.