Cosmetic Dentist Creating Dream Smiles in Clayton
If you’re unhappy with one or more aspects of your smile Clayton cosmetic dentist, Dr. Steve R. Dedrickson and his dental team would love to talk to you about cosmetic dentistry. While many patients believe considering cosmetic dental care is vain, we like to remind patients of two things. First, recent employment studies show that those with attractive smiles are more likely to get a new or better job, and similar social research demonstrates that people assume those with appealing smiles are more attractive and intelligent. Second, almost all dental treatments were once considered cosmetic. This includes braces and dental crowns. Today, we know that straighter teeth and preserved natural structure don’t just look and feel better, they are actually essential to maintain optimal oral health. Don’t hesitate to contact our team to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation today.
One of the most popular cosmetic treatment options available, porcelain veneers make it possible for us to quickly and effectively conceal chips, cracks, gaps, and stains on teeth. Veneers are thin sheaths of porcelain that are affixed to the front facing surfaces of a patient’s smile. They are customized to create a flawless, natural appearance without requiring patients to undergo more invasive procedures. This can be especially useful when patients want to correct mild to moderate flaws over several teeth. The process is simple. We remove a small amount of surface enamel. This allows the veneer to blend seamlessly into the natural smile line. Next, we capture impressions of the prepared bite that are used by our dental lab to create the custom veneers. Finally, we place a temporary to protect teeth and allow patients to get used to the look and feel of veneers. Once we receive the final veneer from the lab, patients return to exchange their temporary for a custom porcelain veneer, transforming damaged teeth into flawless smiles.
Dental crowns, inlays, onlays, and bridges are available in a variety of materials that each has its advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to superior cosmetic results, metal-free all-ceramic restorations may be the best solution. Whether patients are having a tooth repaired following decay or damage or simply concealing a severe cosmetic flaw on one or more teeth, all-ceramic crowns and other restorations offer durable, natural looking results. Additionally, these restorations are the ideal treatment option for those patients who suffer from allergies and sensitivity to metal as gold and porcelain bonded to metal restorations may lead to an adverse response. Metal-free restorations are crafted from a single block of precisely shaded ceramic that blends seamlessly into the smile line even after years of wear.
Over the counter whitening strips, gels, and toothpastes line the shelves of every pharmacy, but most of these products are unable to deliver the dramatic results they promise. Patients interested in brightening their smiles up to ten shades in about two weeks of treatment should consider the effective, professional at-home whitening kits available from Sevens Dental. These take-home whitening kits include custom crafted application trays. Unlike one size fits all trays, these application trays keep the whitening agent on teeth and neutralizing saliva off, allowing the whitener to remain active for longer. Additionally, we are able to prescribe a higher dosage of whitening agent than what is available using store bought whiteners. With daily use over the course of about two weeks, patients should see the dramatically brighter results they desire.
We also offer high quality, safe, and effective in-office teeth whitening for those patients who need to brighten their smiles more quickly and those who would prefer to whiten with the help of their dentist. The whitening process is relatively simple. We capture the current shade of patients’ teeth and determine the level of brightness patients would like to achieve. Then, we protect soft tissue and apply a coating of whitening gel. We check the results every fifteen minutes and reapply as necessary. Most patients achieve their desired level of whiteness after about an hour of treatment.
Patients who have multiple, minor cosmetic flaws may want to consider direct bonding as a faster and more affordable alternative to porcelain veneers. Bonding is completed using composite resin filling material. In most cases, we need to remove very little if any surface enamel to prepare the tooth. Then, we apply the putty-like resin to the tooth, shape it in place to correct or conceal flaws, and use a curing light to harden the resin. Finally, we polish and seal the tooth, leaving patients with a flawless smile in just one appointment.
If your smile looks “gummy” or your teeth appear “stubby,” the cosmetic treatment you need may not actually involve your teeth. Instead, you may need a soft tissue treatment known as gum recontouring. Using a soft tissue laser, we remove a small amount of gum tissue to reveal more of the underlying tooth structure. For patients with excessive or uneven gum tissue volume, this makes teeth appear longer without the need for more advanced treatments. Best of all, our state-of-the-art soft tissue laser makes the entire treatment comfortable and predictable.