06 Jul Cosmetic Dentistry: The Art of Beautiful Smiles
No matter your age, you strive to look your best. A beautiful smile is a key component to maintaining a positive and pleasing appearance. Cosmetic dentistry is not just for the “well to do”. If you don’t like something about your smile, your dentist has a solution that will make wanted changes attainable.
For many patients, dental stain or teeth discolored due to tobacco use or diet choices can now realize a smile makeover simply by undergoing teeth whitening. Zoom! teeth whitening can be completed in one dental appointment and can lighten teeth up to eight shades. A whiter, brighter smile can be achieved with this economical and effective cosmetic application.
The loss of one or more teeth is more than an aesthetic problem. Missing teeth can affect what we can eat, how we speak, and our appearance. Although there are multiple ways to deal with tooth loss, the most natural and closest to restoring our original dentition is with dental implants.
When a tooth is lost, the bone that held the tooth in place begins to deteriorate. When bone loss occurs, gum tissue can shrivel. Overall appearance can be impacted.
When a dental implant is surgically placed, this small titanium post will eventually become the source of strength and stability for the restoration that covers it. Jaw bone will integrate with the implant during the healing period serving to act as the “root” of the new tooth. The final restoration will be made to match neighboring teeth making this treatment aesthetically pleasing, fit comfortably, and function like your biological tooth.
For more superficial issues, there are minimally invasive solutions available to deal with dental stain, chipped or cracked enamel, unwanted gaps between teeth, and gum recession.
Tooth colored restorations are both strong and long-lasting, and are ideal as a cosmetic solution. Composite resin has been used to correct dental decay for decades; and this same material is suitable for resolving many aesthetic dental maladies.
Porcelain veneers are appropriate for more extensive problems utilizing wafer thin shells that can be permanently cemented to the front of teeth requiring repair. Your dentist will remove a small amount of dental enamel (about the thickness of the veneer) from the front of your tooth; and permanently cement the veneer to the tooth’s surface hiding years of problems while creating a new, beautiful smile.
To learn more about the cosmetic dental services we offer, contact the office of Dr. Mark E. Massaro. Call 918-779-3399 to schedule your visit today.