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Almost everyone wants a beautiful smile; and for good reason, having a healthy-looking, vibrant smile conveys youth and attractiveness to others. When our smiles are noticeably flawed by stains, and misaligned or misshapen teeth, our self-esteem and confidence plummets. Fortunately, Richardson Dentistry offers effective cosmetic dentistry treatments that can transform the appearance of teeth so that no one has to suffer with smile imperfections. Some of our most popular cosmetic treatments include professional teeth whitening, Invisalign, and tooth colored restorations.
A professional teeth whitening treatment can breathe new life into a dulled, discolored smile.
When you receive a take-home whitening kit, you will be provided with custom trays and a prescription whitening solution. Custom trays, unlike sticky strips, keep the bleaching solution on your teeth and help prevent saliva from diluting the potency of the solution. Moreover, custom trays are comfortable and reusable.
Our take-home whitening solution is incredibly effective because its ingredients are clinically tested for potency and stability. When compared to the efficacy of over the counter products, a take home whitening system produces noticeable results that won’t cause permanent damage to enamel or increase long-term tooth sensitivity.
Restorations’ primary use is for improving the health of teeth after they have been damaged by decay or dental injury. Since restorations can be constructed from tooth-colored materials like composite resin and porcelain, their secondary use can be to enhance the aesthetics of a smile. White fillings address tooth decay by seamlessly filling in the depression caused by a cavity. Using composite resin, white fillings can match the exact shade of a tooth’s natural structure so that dental work is undetectable. Patients with existing amalgam fillings can have them replaced with this tooth-colored material as well.
White crowns are beneficial for improving the look of teeth without appearing unnatural. Crowns are extensive restorations that can conceal the appearance of badly damaged teeth – especially teeth that have internal stains, obvious wear, and cracks.
Another option for concealing imperfections are porcelain veneers. This treatment involves bonding cosmetic, tooth-shaped enhancements over teeth. Custom made by technicians, a veneer is ultra-thin and constructed from porcelain. It will cover the visible side of a tooth to hide imperfections. When multiple veneers are applied to teeth, it can create the appearance of a flawless, youthful smile.
Invisalign is a comfortable, convenient, and discreet method for straightening teeth. Misaligned teeth can take a toll on self-esteem. Traditional metal and wire braces are not always ideal for adults because of their conspicuous appearance. Invisalign is a wonderful way to address the need for tooth alignment without appearing obvious. This treatment option is practically invisible to others because clear, plastic oral appliances are worn. These appliances apply pressure to teeth to move them over time but do not involve fixed brackets or wires. After treatment, patients will see a reduction in spacing issues like gaps and crowding along with an improved occlusion.
If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, we invite you to schedule a smile makeover consultation at Richardson Dentistry. At your appointment, we can develop a treatment plan that addresses your concerns. Call us today to reserve an appointment with our compassionate and experienced team.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of teeth to create a healthy and youthful aesthetic. This type of dentistry involves procedures and treatments that can conceal or correct imperfections such as misaligned, damaged, diseased and stained teeth. Popular treatment options include professional whitening, tooth-colored restorations, Invisalign treatment and cosmetic enhancements like veneers. Sometimes, a patient may benefit from one procedure whereas those with smile flaws of varying natures may require a series of treatments to produce their desired effects.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is an extensive restoration that covers a tooth’s structure above the gums. Functioning like a cap, a crown will fit over the biting surface and sides of visible tooth structure. It is tooth-shaped and custom made so that a tooth is restored to its original size and shape. Crowns can be used to protect and enhance the appearance of teeth that are noticeably damaged or diseased. When crowns are made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, they provide a natural looking enhancement. If a dental crown is recommended for cosmetic purposes, it may be to conceal the appearance of severely worn teeth, intrinsic staining, and visible damage like cracks. Not only will a tooth-colored crown appear natural and beautiful, it will protect a tooth from future external damage.
What is a veneer?
A veneer is a cosmetic enhancement that is bonded over the front surface of a tooth. It is constructed from porcelain to fit over a specific tooth. Veneers can be used to produce a proportionate, white smile that compliments the shape and size of a person’s mouth. By concealing flaws such as chips, cracks, worn dentition, and discoloration, a series of veneers can produce a total smile makeover.
I have sensitive teeth; can I still whiten my teeth?
While over the counter products, especially those with harsh abrasives, can increase symptoms of tooth sensitivity, people with sensitive teeth can improve the color of their smiles if they choose a professional whitening treatment. Our practice offers take-home whitening kits that are strong enough to bleach deep, dark stains without damaging tooth enamel or causing permanent tooth sensitivity. Take-home whitening gradually brightens teeth over time, thus making it a gentle option for those who have sensitive teeth.
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