Cosmetic dentistry continues to skyrocket in popularity, with more patients determined to achieve a beautiful smile. A perfect smile has the power to make a memorable first impression and increase a patient’s self-confidence. Luckily, there’s a myriad of cosmetic dentistry treatments to address common dental concerns, such as whitening teeth, replacing missing teeth, fixing gaps in teeth, or covering chipped or broken teeth.
At Thornton Park Dental Arts, our dentists are committed to providing every patient with the smile of their dreams. We offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures, including these six popular treatments. Contact us to schedule an appointment or to learn more about all of our dental procedures.
Over time, teeth can become dull and stained instead of sparkly, pearly white. This can be due to many factors, including aging, poor dietary habits, smoking, and genetics. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular procedures because it’s easy and non-invasive. We offer Zoom! Teeth Whitening, a teeth-bleaching system designed to lighten discoloration. Our Phillips blue LED light combined with a hydrogen peroxide whitening varnish delivers instant results with little to no tooth sensitivity. We offer two whitening solutions, Philips Zoom! Quick Pro and Philips Zoom! WhiteSpeed so that patients can choose the one fit for their needs.
While losing teeth as a child is celebrated, losing teeth as an adult can be a stressful experience — eating, talking, and smiling can all leave patients feeling self-conscious. However, dental implants are the perfect solution to tooth loss. Implants are tiny screw-shaped structures drilled into the jawbone. These screws take the place of missing teeth, acting as an anchor for implant-supported crowns or bridges. Because implants are fastened to a patient’s bone, they feel and act like real teeth. Contact us to learn more about our wide array of dental implant services.
For patients with damaged or broken teeth, dental veneers are a better option for long-lasting results. Veneers are a thin, tooth-colored covering that operates similar to a shell. This cover protects damaged teeth and gives them a natural-looking appearance. The veneer application process is broken up into multiple steps: 1) our dentists will determine if porcelain veneers are the correct choice for a patient’s specific dental concern, 2) a small layer of enamel is removed from the surface of the teeth, and a dentist determines the correct shape of the veneer, and 3) the veneers are attached to the teeth using special adhesive cement.
For many, the idea of having metal braces for an extended period isn’t desirable. Luckily, we are an Invisalign® braces provider so that patients can get their aligners at our office. No more worrying about food and drink restrictions — you just take the trays out to eat then reinsert them after a meal. The amount of time you wear invisible braces depends on your specific orthodontic issue. Our dentists will create a unique, digital treatment plan to determine the ideal movements needed for your teeth. Once this is complete, all that’s necessary is a checkup visit every 4–6 weeks to confirm your teeth are moving as they should.
If teeth are severely damaged or missing, dental crowns and bridges are used to restore a patient’s smile. There are many different types of dental crowns and bridges so that patients can get the one perfect for their mouths. Crowns are typically chosen when a patient has mild or moderate functional or cosmetic damage. While crowns are great for restoring damaged teeth, they require an existing tooth to function correctly. If multiple teeth are damaged or missing, a dental bridge is an appropriate solution by utilizing crowns and the surrounding teeth to help “bridge the gap” that has formed between the teeth.
Some dental repairs are small and only require minor fixes. For patients needing a quick repair, dental bonding is the best option. The bonding process is much faster than veneers and can be completed in a single visit. Bonding is perfect for patients seeking a solution for gaps in the teeth, small chips or cracks, discoloration and staining, worn-down teeth, and crooked or overlapping teeth. Dental bonding is relatively straightforward and involves a resin that matches the color of surrounding teeth. A dentist uses ultraviolet (UV) light to harden the material and give the teeth a polished appearance.