Cosmetic dentistry solutions
– Dr. John Holland
Once known as treatments for the stars, cosmetic dentistry is no longer an unattainable dream for those not destined for Hollywood. We can fix a number of smile concerns with small – or big – changes designed to keep you smiling.
Any cosmetic dentistry treatment starts first with a Smile Analysis. While this may sound complicated, it’s something you probably already do – every time you look in the mirror or analyze a selfie. What do you see when you flash your pearly whites? If you’re not 100% happy with the way your smile looks, then you’re like half of all North Americans … unhappy with at least part of your smile.
Depending on your personal situation, we have a number of fixes that could make the difference between hiding your smile and using it with confidence.
1. Teeth Whitening
If you read my blogs regularly, you’ll know that teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment. That’s because in less than an hour your smile can go from drab to dynamic. Zoom teeth whitening can lighten your teeth up to 8 shades and depending on how well you maintain your smile and avoid teeth staining foods, drinks, and some lifestyle choices, can last several months.
2. Tooth-Colored Bonding
Bonding is a wonderful solution for quick fixes for your smile. Using the same tooth-colored bonding material that we use to fill cavities, we can build up the surface of your tooth – in just one appointment! Whether you have a chip, dark staining, or teeth that aren’t as straight as you’d like them to be, bonding may be the solution you seek.
3. Porcelain Veneers
A more permanent solution to intrinsic staining and functional concerns with your smile, porcelain veneers cover a variety of smile concerns. A thin custom-made tooth shaped shell is placed onto your prepared tooth to cover chips, cracks, or severe staining. They can even straighten out the look of your smile!
4. Porcelain Crowns
While we will often use a porcelain-fused-to-metal-crown to restore heavily damaged teeth or protect your tooth after a root canal treatment, we can also use porcelain-only crowns to completely change the look of one or several of your teeth. The translucent properties of porcelain allows the light to shine through the crown for a natural, tooth-like appearance, and with no metal ring at the gumline, looks just as your natural teeth do.
If you’re unhappy with how straight your teeth appear but don’t want to wear metal braces, Invisalign may be your perfect choice. Clear aligners gently straighten your teeth over a period of time. Instead of adjustment appointments, you simply switch aligners to the next in the series. Because they are removable, you don’t have dietary restrictions during treatment and brushing and flossing is easier than with band and bracket orthodontics. The best part? They’re nearly invisible so no one needs to know you’re wearing them.
6. Crown Lengthening
When you smile, are you happy with how much tooth and gum shows? If you feel your smile is too gummy, gum contouring may be the answer you seek. In a simple in-office procedure we can reshape your gums using a soft tissue laser to expose more of tooth structure and balance out your lovely smile.
Now, go look in the mirror. Can we help you with the results of your personal smile analysis? Call us today. We’d love to help you love your smile.