Feel Great About Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry
In our last last blog we wrote about the risks that summer activities and food pose for your teeth and oral health. We also addressed how the health risks associated with missing teeth can be solved with dental implants. However, not every dental mishap that happens over the summer will result in a missing tooth. Sometimes a light knock to your mouth may simply give you a chipped tooth, which unless it is a serious fracture or a significant break, is not necessarily a threat to the health or functionality of your tooth, but it definitely affects the look of your smile.
At Clearwater Dental Associates, we understand that quality dental work is about more than fixing unhealthy teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is an important part of practice here in Clearwater, FL because the way you feel about your appearance has a direct effect on the way you feel, physically and emotionally. Having a smile that you are proud of affects your confidence, which in turn, affects your mood, which affects how you feel physically. For that reason, it is important not to dismiss cosmetic dental issue. Come to Clearwater Dental Associates and see what we can do for your smile.
If you have some minor chipping due to an accident, or if you have small spaces between your teeth because of the natural shape of your teeth, dental bonding may be enough to give you the smile you want.
When you come into our office with minor cosmetic issues, we will use tooth colored filling material, or bonding, to fill the gaps and repair the chips. As the bonding sets, we will shape and contour it to match the rest of your teeth. When we have completed the process, the bonding material will be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth, giving you an even smile free of gaps and chips.
If the gaps and chips in your smile are serious, then bonding may not be enough to achieve the results you are after. In this case, porcelain veneers may be the solution you need. Veneers are a porcelain covering shaped like the surface of your teeth, which we will bond to the front of your natural teeth. This will cover any physical irregularities, as well as discoloration. Yet, you will maintain the functionality of your natural teeth.
Placing requires that a thin layer of your enamel, the outer shell of your teeth, be removed to give the veneers an even bonding surface. As such, porcelain veneers are a permanent solution to your cosmetic dental problems.
Snap On Smile
If you want a solution that is less permanent and less invasive than porcelain veneers, then you should consider Snap On Smile. Snap On Smile is exactly what it sounds like, a custom built covering for your teeth that look and act like natural teeth. You can do anything you would normally do wearing Snap On Smile, including eating. And they are easy to take of, at the end of the day, simply take them out and clean them. That is all there is to it!
Since Snap On Smile actually cover your natural teeth, they can be used to fix any cosmetic issue, whether it is chipping, staining, crooked teeth, or any combination
Tooth discoloration can come as a result of staining foods and beverages, like beets, coffee, and red wine. It can also be the results of not so great habits, like smoking or chewing tobacco. Sometimes, even medication can yellow your teeth.
Whatever the cause, tooth discoloration is not something you have to live with. At Clearwater Dental Associates, we provide the ZOOM! teeth whitening system. With ZOOM!, you will be fitted for custom dental trays that are designed for your specific teeth. This will allow the whitening gel to spread evenly over the surface of your teeth for the intense whitening results.
We will pre-fill these dental trays with just the right amount of gel and send them home with you. This process allows you to continue the whitening safely and effectively.
Teeth alignment is another cosmetic issue that may affect how you feel about your smile. If you are embarrassed of your crooked teeth, but can’t stand the idea of drawing attention to your mouth with traditional metal braces, then visit our office in Clearwater to see if Incognito braces will work for you. The incognito system works essentially the same way that traditional braces do, except we will attach them to the back of your teeth. That means you teeth will be gradually moved into alignment without anyone even knowing you have braces.
Make An Appointment
Just because a dental issue doesn’t affect your oral health, doesn’t mean it is not an important issue that needs to be treated. Don’t go around hiding your smile! Contact us to schedule an appointment, so we can discuss what kind of cosmetic dentistry is right for you.