Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

A beautiful smile not only encourages one’s sense of self-confidence and makes for lasting impressions, but it often warrants optimal oral health as well. At Crown Dental Group we understand that as one of your most prominent features, your smile deserves to feel and look it’s best.

Our team proudly provides cosmetic dentistry services for enhancing your natural beauty, restoring your dental function, and establishing a strong foundation for life-long oral health.

Are you ready to achieve the radiant smile of your dreams? Contact us today to discover what our cosmetic dental solutions can do for you! 

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help My Smile? 

Even if your oral health is on good standing, damaged, crooked, or discolored teeth can not only affect how you may portray yourself, these conditions can take a toll on the regular functions your smile is built to endure every day, such as eating or speaking.

In addition to enhancing your smile’s appeal, cosmetic dentistry involves a wide variety of treatment and techniques used to restore your smile’s functionality as well.

Here are just a few ways cosmetic dentistry can correct certain limitations in your smile:

  • Restore damaged teeth
  • Reshape teeth
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Straighten crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Lengthen short or worn teeth
  • Whiten your tooth enamel
  • And so much more! 

Part of the many reasons why cosmetic dental care is so favorable is because of its versatility. Many cosmetic dental patients find a significant increase in their confidence when their damage teeth are fixed, their dental misalignment is corrected, and their teeth are brighter. 

Investing in a beautiful smile is more than just increasing your appeal; it’s an investment in a healthier and happier you! 

You Can’t Have a Beautiful Smile without Proper Oral Health! 

The success of cosmetic dental services relies on a foundation of strong oral health. When visiting your cosmetic dentist for care, each consultation should involve an in-depth examination of your smile to better ensure that teeth and gums are free of infections, such as gum disease, and other complications, like decay.

With the help of digital imaging, like x-rays, your trusted dental team is provided with precise pictures of your mouth which enables them to follow an ideal treatment plan.

Once proper oral health is determined, your cosmetic dentist will work with you to craft an aesthetic treatment plan that is entirely your own.  

Your Cosmetic Dentistry Options for a Beautiful, Healthy, and Restored Smile

From simple smile boosters such as professional-grade teeth whitening to rebuilding your smile with dental implants, the techniques, and treatments that make up the cosmetic dentistry of today allow for a completely comprehensive approach to achieving the smile of your dreams. 


Illuminating Your Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening 

A bright, radiant smile not only makes for lasting impressions but also suggests ideal oral health. As one of the most popular services of cosmetic dental care, professional teeth whitening is a great way to improve the appeal of your teeth easily and safely when administered by our team. 

How Did My Teeth Become Discolored?

Due to the constant use of your smile, enamel discoloration enamel is often unavoidable. Highly pigmented foods and drinks, such as dark berries, red wine, coffee, tomatoes, and soda, alter the tint of your enamel as the larger color molecules attached themselves to your teeth, causing discoloration. Stains can penetrate past the enamel, causing persistent discoloration that over-the-counter products cannot remove.

How Will Teeth Whitening Brighten My Smile? 

Professional teeth whitening uses a specialized gel solution, often activated by a curing light, to access the stain-causing particles that linger in your enamel and break them up. Professional teeth whitening is safe and effective if monitored by your trusted dental team.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chairside Teeth Whitening 

In-office teeth whitening offers a comfortable way to brightening your smile by several shades within a within a single visit. However, depending on your level of enamel discoloration, treatment times may vary. For best results, regular teeth cleaning is recommended before your treatment. This process uses professional gel and is administered by a trusted member of your dental team. 

Lightening Your Smile at Home 

For those with schedules that make it difficult to receive teeth whitening at our office, we provide complete convenience with take-home kits, including trays crafted to fit your smile perfectly. With this option, you have complete control of when and where you wish to lighten your teeth. 

Other Considerations to Professional Teeth Whitening

For almost any lifestyle, professional teeth whitening is ideal. Are you preparing for a big social event? Do you keep your busy schedule out of the dental chair? Whatever your situation, there is a perfect solution for you to whiten your teeth.

For a truly comprehensive approach to enhancing your smile, teeth whitening can also be combined with other cosmetic dentistry treatments at our office, such as Invisalign ®.

How Orthodontics Improve the Appeal of Your Smile

To possibly avoid more extensive treatment in the future, teeth that grow uneven or shift should be repositioned into proper alignment. While orthodontic treatment helps significantly improve issues such as breathing difficulties and some sleep disorders, a properly aligned smile makes for better oral health and beauty.

Misaligned teeth make it increasingly difficult for you to clean your smile properly, and you’re much more likely to develop issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Malocclusion (bad bite) problems also cause complications with biting, chewing, and talking; a bad bite can cause speech disorders and even digestive issues.

When you achieve an aligned smile with professional orthodontic care, like Invisalign® or traditional metal braces, you not only straighten your teeth for a better chance at a healthier smile, but you also create the opportunity for a visually-appealing smile.   


What Can Invisalign® Do for my Smile?

Teeth that are crooked, unevenly spaced, or crowded alter your natural bite. These cause a variety of health issues, such as increased risk for gum disease, uneven wear and tear, and the need for more extensive dental care. Invisalign aligners can prevent or address the causes of these oral health concerns and do so while enhancing the natural beauty of your smile.

The Invisalign system includes a series of virtually invisible custom - designed clear plastic aligners for an ideal, comfortable fit while correcting mild to moderate orthodontic issues.

Those undergoing Invisalign treatment are required to wear their aligners for up to 22 hours per day to achieve the best results and avoid orthodontic relapse. Due to the removable design of Invisalign, treatment is often recommended for responsible teens and adults who are more likely to comply with Invisalign’s guidelines.

How Does Invisalign Compare to Metal Braces?

Because of Invisalign’s aligners being made of clear, virtually invisible plastic, it can address what many orthodontic patients may find bothersome about traditional and more permanent options for straightening their smile.

Metal braces consist of brackets attached to the tooth surface for proper alignment with wires and rubber bands. Invisalign braces are metal-free and are not cemented to teeth, often making them a more convenient option.

Whether patients prefer not to wear metal braces, or after wearing them, they have experienced a relapse, clear braces can be an effective alternative.

Favorable Benefits to Invisalign

In addition to being an alternative treatment for aligning smiles, Invisalign has numerous benefits. Some of these include:

  • Virtually invisible
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Removable design
  • No dietary changes needed  
  • Stress-free cleaning
  • Uninterrupted at-home oral hygiene
  • Reduced treatment time
  • Convenient treatment

What About Traditional Metal Braces?

Traditional braces consist of metal brackets permanently placed with an adhesive on the surfaces of your teeth and connected by metal arch-wire. They require regular tightening so that your teeth can be gradually straightened as your jaw aligns.

Metal braces are designed to align mild to complex orthodontic issues such as crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, and problems with the jaw. Traditional braces also help eliminate problems with eating, speaking properly, and keeping your teeth clean.

Although traditional braces consist of metal components, they are now sleeker, smaller, and more comfortable with the advancements in the dental technology of today. 

How Do Traditional Braces Align My Smile?

Metal braces do more than just reposition your misaligned teeth. They encourage jawbone remodeling. Through gentle pressure, the metal components of your braces encourage your bones to adapt and hold your teeth in their new position. The brackets and the archwire work together to align each tooth in the right position.

When your braces are first placed, a narrow, flexible archwire helps guide your teeth with pressure. Then, as your teeth get straighter, thicker archwires are placed to fill more of the slots of the brackets and provide extra pressure.

Once teeth are in optimal position, your braces are removed, and your dentist will provide you with a retainer to ensure teeth remain in ideal alignment. 

Notable Advantages to Traditional Metal Braces 

Though traditional braces are more noticeable compared to clear aligners, metal braces offer their own cosmetic, health, and functional benefits. These often include:

  • Durable design
  • Permanently affixed to teeth
  • Multiple rubber band colors
  • Cost-effective
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Correct complex to severe bite problems
  • Never misplace or lose them

If crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw is impacting your smile’s function and appeal, contact Crown Dental Group today to discover which orthodontic treatments are best for improving your smile!


Revamping Your Dental Appeal with Bonding

Bonding is the application of a composite tooth-colored resin to repair decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored teeth. Unlike veneers produced in a laboratory and requires a customized mold to achieve a proper fit, bonding can often be done in one visit. Bonding gets its name because it binds the white, resin material to the affected teeth.

Why Would I Need Dental Bonding?

Bonding involves matching the surrounding teeth using a composite resin that is shaped and polished.

Bonding is most often used to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth for cosmetic purposes. It can also be used to close spaces between teeth, make teeth look longer, or change teeth's shape or color.

Bonding is also sometimes used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the root of the tooth that was exposed when gums recede.


Restoring Dental Wear with White Composite Fillings  

Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and fracture resistance in small to medium-sized fillings which can withstand moderate pressure from constant chewing stress. Fillings can be applied to front or back teeth. For people who prefer their fillings to look more natural, they are a good choice.

The white composite materials are molded to the shape of your affected tooth, and an ideal shade is used to blend your filling seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.

5 Signs You May Need a Filling

Here are five common reasons you may need a filling:

1. One of Your Teeth Has a Cavity

Most of us have at least one filling due to tooth decay. Cavities compromise the strong, outer protective enamel that encompasses the softer, inner tissues of your teeth. If tooth nerves are compromised by decay, the nerve within the tooth is vulnerable to infection and could start to die.

If not treated promptly, the infected nerves can become serious. If that happens, you might need a root canal.

Most choose a filling to fill cavities and restore the function of their tooth. Composite fillings provide the added benefit of looking like your natural teeth and easily blend in with the rest of your smile.  

2. Your Tooth is Cracked

Cracks often develop because of tooth grinding or clenching. Cracks also can happen when you’re biting too hard when eating.  

If the crack is discovered early, your dentist will be able to treat it like they do a cavity. They’ll clean the inside so that bacteria is removed and then fill in that empty space.

 3. Your Tooth is Chipped

Chips often happen due to an injury or accident. These could be something like being struck in the face or mouth with something, running or walking into something or falling. Biting and grinding also can cause your tooth to chip.

Fillings are used for fixing a chipped tooth is like fixing a dental crack. However, when you have a crack the filling is applied to the tooth’s exterior for rebuilding your tooth’s shape.

4. A Filling Has to be Replaced

A dental filling isn’t permanent. As time passes, they’re going to wear down and crack and chip. Sometimes they’ll even become separate from the tooth. When this happens, your teeth can be exposed to bacteria where you can’t effectively clean it.

5. You’re Experiencing Dental Pain or Discomfort

A toothache may be the most common sign that you might need a tooth filling. But, sensitivity to certain temperatures, to pressure, or too sweet foods are also indicators that you need a filling. Finally, if you experience sudden or throbbing pain when biting or chewing, you also might need a tooth filling.


What About Inlays and Onlays?

Deeper cavities sometimes cannot be treated with standard fillings. Dental inlays and onlays are restorations that are affixed onto teeth, helping preserve as much of your tooth’s natural structure as possible.

Inlays and onlays each treat different types of decay: inlays fit inside the cusp of the tooth, and onlays are designed to restore both the inside of the tooth and one or more of the projecting cusps.

However, depending on the size of the damage or level of decay a dental crown may be a viable option for correcting larger issues.


Rebuilding Dental Structure with Dental Crowns 

Crowns are fixed restorations designed to restore the original shape, size, appearance, and feel of a damaged tooth. They are permanently placed over teeth that have been cracked, extensively decayed, or otherwise damaged.

While they may sometimes extend down to the root, crowns fundamentally replace the outer structure of a natural tooth's "crown" or biting surface.

When placed, crowns fully enclose the portion of the damaged tooth above the line of the gum. Crowns are custom-made to fit each tooth, making them a treatment that is both favorable and reliable.

When is a Dental Crown Needed? 

A dental crown may be needed to address the following:

  • To protect a weakened tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To make a cosmetic modification

Another advantage to crowns is the versatility. They can be used to finalize a wide variety of dental procedures, such as root canal therapy and dental implant treatment. 


Rejuvenating Your Smile’s Function and Appeal with Dental Implants 

Dental implants serve as artificial tooth roots that consist of body-safe titanium posts used to replace teeth lost due to trauma, extraction, or decay due to advanced gum disease. Implants are designed to mimic the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth.  

Implant posts are placed in the jaw surgically and permanently, and patients can benefit from long-term tooth replacement primarily due to their ability to fuse with living tissue and bone. This process, known as osseointegration, your jawbone's strength and durability are restored.

Dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, or dentures are then affixed on top of your dental implants once you have healed properly from your placement procedure.  

 

 

Multiple Tooth Replacement with Fixed Bridges  

Bridges are like-like restorations that replace multiple teeth that are missing. Implant-supported bridges often require two or more implants for long-lasting support.

Bridges can be used to help address bite complications as well as preserve surrounding teeth's integrity, making them an effective treatment option for those with multiple missing teeth.

Transforming Smiles with Porcelain Veneers 

Dental veneers are thin, durable porcelain shells that are attached to your teeth’s surfaces. Teeth are prepared with a light buffing beforehand to provide the veneers with a smooth, clean foundation. This is necessary to better ensure treated teeth do not look bulky or feel too thick. Veneers are safe restorations that can significantly improve your smile in a less invasive way.

Veneers are used to treat a wide variety of dental limitations that can negatively impact your smile’s appeal and function.

  • Chips & cracks
  • Severe discoloration
  • Uneven spacing
  • Worn enamel
  • Minor misalignment

 Once placed, veneers provide a brighter, straighter, and more uniform smile.


Are You Interested in Cosmetic Dental Care for Your Smile? Contact Us! 

If you or a loved one want to improve the health and beauty of your smile, we encourage you to contact us. Our entire team at Crown Dental Group is happy to answer any questions you may have and will work with you to find the right cosmetic solution.

 

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