Cosmetic Dentistry: Beautiful, Natural Smiles

If your teeth have shifted or are chipped and/or discolored, placing composite resin bonding, veneers or crowns over the damaged teeth will make a significant difference. We will consult with you to consider an overall approach to esthetic enhancement and dental health. Together, we will develop a treatment plan that works with your objectives as well as your budget.  

Teeth Whitening

 

Your smile is very important. Often the difference between a good smile and a great smile is the whiteness of the teeth. Typical lifestyle choices as well as the aging process stain and darken your teeth. Things you do on a regular basis such as drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or smoking can contribute to staining your teeth. New whitening agents can remove these stains without harming your teeth.

 

Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest things that can be done to brighten up your smile and improve your appearance. While you can get over-the-counter whitening kits, they are rarely as effective as professional whitening procedures. Because over-the-counter trays are not custom fitted by a professional and the whitening agent may leak out and irritate your gums, the kits do not work either as quickly or effectively to whiten your teeth.

 

In-Office whitening is the quickest way to a brighter, whiter smile. The appointment will take about an hour from start to finish, and you will see drastic improvements in tooth color after just that short amount of time. We have protocols in place to help curb any possible sensitivity you may experience during the procedure. We also send you home with whitening trays and bleach to help maintain that Hollywood smile!

 

At-home tray whitening requires a dental visit where we will fit you with a customized whitening tray. You will also receive a whitening gel that is most suited for you as well as thorough instructions for getting the best results from your at-home whitening system. In typical treatments, you will apply the gel to your customized trays and wear them one hour a day for a week or two to see great results. Some patients with tobacco, coffee, tea or other stains may take longer to whiten.

Cosmetic Bonding

 

Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic procedures. A tooth-colored filling material (composite resin) is chemically and mechanically bonded to the tooth or teeth, restoring or improving one's smile. Very little tooth structure, if any, is removed-- making it a painless, relatively non-invasive technique. 

 

Bonding enables us to:

  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Align crooked or shifted teeth
  • Lengthen small or misshapen teeth
  • Restore chipped or worn down teeth
  • Improve appearance of discolored teeth

 

When teeth are chipped or beginning to wear, bonding can protect them from damage and restore their original look. Bonding your teeth with composite resin is usually done in a single appointment.

 

First, teeth are roughened and a conditioning gel is applied. Then a tooth-colored material called resin is placed on the teeth, and is sculpted to the desired shape. A harmless high-intensity light hardens the resin, bonding it to the teeth.

 

Once in place, bonded restorations are very strong. Bonding can greatly improve the appearance of your teeth, resulting in a more beautiful, natural looking smile!

Dental Bridge

 

Dental bridges literally "bridge" the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the space are covered with crowns and a false tooth/teeth suspended between them. Bridges can be fabricated using gold alloy, porcelain or a combination of the two. They are a relatively long-lasting cosmetic product and can do wonders for a patient's smile. 

 

Benifits of Dental Bridges:

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore your ability to properly chew
  • Distribute the forces of your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaning teeth from drifting out of position

 

During the first visit, the anchoring teeth are prepared. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to fit over them naturally. Next, impressions of your teeth are taken, which will serve as a model from which the bridge will be fabricated by the dental laboratory. We will make a temporary bridge for you to wear while the bridge is being processed.

 

During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit, and cemented onto the anchor teeth. 

Veneers

 

Veneers are the most popular method of improving the look of your smile. Veneers are translucent, thin shells of porcelain or plastic that are bonded to a tooth (generally only covering its front and top) and specifically made to improve the esthetics of natural teeth, to correct crowding, or to replace composite bonding.

 

Veneers can beautify your smile by improving the color and shape of one or more of your teeth. Veneers can be used to close spaces between your teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained teeth. And if your teeth are chipped or beginning to wear, veneers can protect them from damage and restore their original look.

 

On the first appointment, your teeth are shaped and roughened. From impressions, precise working models are made of your teeth. It’s on these models that the veneers are crafted to exactly fit your teeth. On the second appointment, your prepared teeth are polished and cleaned. Then an adhesive is used to bond the veneers to your teeth. A harmless high-intensity light hardens the adhesive.

 

Once in place, veneers virtually become part of your teeth. You can use them like you would your own teeth, because the bond is extremely strong. The final result is a more beautiful and natural looking smile!

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Midlothian, VA 23113

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Powhatan, VA 23139

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Chester, VA 23831

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