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Cosmetic dentistry has the power to actually change your life. Each year, people who are dissatisfied with their smiles visit cosmetic dentists in order to whiten and brighten their teeth, have crooked teeth straightened, repair teeth that have been chipped or damaged, receive dental implants, have work done to improve the health and appearance of their gums, and more.
When the procedures are done correctly, the patient is able to walk away feeling more confident and beautiful than ever before. While the benefits are great, though, many people still have their concerns and reservations. Fortunately, asking the right questions can help you prepare for a cosmetic procedure and feel much more comfortable and confident in the process. This guide will highlight some of the most important questions you can ask your cosmetic dentist.
What is the Proposed Outcome of Treatment?
This may seem like an obvious question, but it’s important that, before beginning the procedure, you know exactly what the outcome will be and what your smile will look like. Find out the projected color, shape, texture, and similar properties of the teeth and jawbone (where applicable). Make sure you’re satisfied that the result looks realistic and pleasing before proceeding.
How Many Office Visits Will Be Required?
While some treatments may be able to be completed in one visit to your dentist’s office, others may require you to come back multiple times for completion or follow-ups. It’s a good idea to ask your dentist how many times you’ll need to come in and how long each visit will take before scheduling your procedure. You should also ask whether or not there are any restrictions on eating or drinking in the hours leading up to a procedure.
Are Any Additional Treatments Required?
If you’re looking to make major changes to your smile, you may be required to undergo more than one specific procedure. Get to know all of the steps required to achieve the end goal, and how long you will need to wait in between each procedure. Make sure that you work with scheduling to ensure that the least possible time is spent and that your time is optimized so that you can enjoy the end result as quickly as possible.
Will Anesthesia Be Used? 
Some cosmetic dental procedures will require that a patient receive a local or general anesthetic in order to ensure your comfort. Depending on the method, you may need to make arrangements to have someone drive you home from your procedure.
How Should I Care for My Teeth After?
In order for you to fully enjoy the results of your procedure, you’ll need to take certain steps to care for and maintain your teeth and oral health. Be sure to spend time carefully discussing these requirements with your cosmetic dental professional before going home, and always call your dentist with questions, should they arise later on.
How Long Will the Results Hold?
Is this cosmetic procedure a temporary or permanent solution? If it is temporary, how frequently will you need to go back in and have more work done? This will help you gauge whether or not the procedure is truly worth your time and will help you plan out a projected budget for your cosmetic work. A good cosmetic dentist will be upfront and honest with you about what to expect here.
Taking the time to ask questions of your cosmetic dentist can make the difference between a stellar experience and a crummy one. Dr. Bruce McArthur is more than happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. Give us a call today to learn more about the cosmetic dental procedures that interest you.
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Cosmetic Dentistry 101

by on May 12, 2016 | Posted in Blog

Throughout the years, numerous studies have revealed that an individual’s smile is considered to be his or her most attractive feature. So what happens if you’re not happy with the way your smile looks? Those who are dissatisfied with their teeth and gums are prone to smiling less as the result of feelings of insecurity. Ultimately, this can lead to problems with self-esteem and personal relationships, as well as a reduced quality of life.

The good news is that there’s absolutely no reason why you should have to feel down and out about your smile. Whether time, genetics, accidents, or other causes have contributed to your oral woes, there is a solution: cosmetic dentistry. This post will highlight some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures that are done to enhance natural beauty and create perfect smiles.

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening or bleaching is, by far, one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures performed today. Throughout the years, your teeth may have become stained or discolored. Different whitening options are available to restore your teeth back to their natural beauty quickly, painlessly, and affordably. Make sure to discuss all of your options with a trusted dentist before moving forward with the process.

Bonding

Those with chipped, broken, or cracked teeth may feel self-conscious about their smiles. Bonding works to improve the appearance of these teeth when tooth-colored materials are applied to the surface of the tooth.

Veneers

Veneers are another great option for people who are unhappy with one or more of their teeth due to staining, chips, crookedness, or irregular shaping. These custom-made shells are designed to match your other teeth and cover up problem areas.

Crowns

A crown works to add strength and support to a weak tooth and/or to improve a tooth’s appearance by acting as a cover. Crowns may be made from gold or alloys, and porcelain options are also available to better match natural tooth color.

Braces

Those with crooked teeth, overcrowding, or poor dental alignment might consider braces. Individuals who are concerned with the appearance of braces should talk to their dentist about Invisalign and similar options.

Dental Implants

When one or more of your teeth are missing, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. Implants are used as a means of replacing missing teeth with units that blend perfectly with other teeth and restore a smile to perfection. Before moving forward with dental implants, your dentist will need to evaluate your dental history to ensure that your oral health is up to snuff.

Bridges

Fixed and removable bridges are available for individuals with missing teeth. The bridge is crafted from materials including gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination thereof. While a fixed bridge is attached directly to the jaw and must be removed by a dental professional, removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned at home. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health in order to help you make the right decision for your smile.

Dentures

In some cases, most or all of an individual’s teeth may be missing, or may be severely damaged and in need of removal. In cases like these, a simple, effective, and affordable solution is to replace natural teeth with dentures. Dentures are custom-made to fit a patient’s mouth and will have the appearance of natural teeth with all of the functionality to chew and talk normally, and to smile beautifully.

Don’t let a less than perfect smile hold you back any longer. Contact Dr. Bruce McArthur, DDS about your options for cosmetic dentistry in order to find a solution that’s right for you. Give us a call today to start moving towards a better, brighter smile.

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What is it that attracts you to others? If you’re like most people, you’re drawn to and captivated by a dazzling smile. People who smile big for all the world to see are happy, vibrant, and confident. Why? Because they have beautiful, healthy teeth and gums.

If your teeth are less than perfect, don’t fret — your quest for the holy grail of a fabulous smile is not over yet! Whether genetics, wear and tear, life experience, accidents, or other oral health issues have impacted your mouth, there are ways to remedy these issues. Through the power of cosmetic dentistry, you can achieve the smile of your dreams and show the world your true beauty.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

First things first. Before we proceed any further on our dental adventure, we first need to have a clear understanding of what cosmetic dentistry actually is. Cosmetic dentistry goes above and beyond the usual cleaning and inspection processes that are handled by your dental professionals during a routine, semi-annual checkup. This particular branch of dentistry zeroes in on specific dental procedures that help to improve the overall appearance of an individual’s teeth, gums, or bite. As indicated by the “cosmetic” tag, this line of dentistry puts its emphasis on the aesthetics of the dental formula as opposed to function; it’s all about making you feel confident whenever you flash your pearly whites.

Common Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

While one person may be unhappy with the color of their teeth and gums, another may feel insecure about the shape of his or her teeth. Fortunately, there are different branches of cosmetic dentistry, each of which focuses on specific problem areas. Some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures include:

Teeth Bleaching (Whitening) — This is, by far, the most popular procedure done in the cosmetic dentistry industry across the globe. Even though numerous over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available, most people feel more comfortable and confident when leaving this process to the experts — and for good reason. Using bleach throughout the whitening process is much safer and more successful when done under the supervision of a dentist.

Laser Whitening  — Another option for restoring dingy teeth to their former white glory is to go the laser whitening route. Here, the whitening process is completed with the assistance of a laser machine. This offers even more precision and longer-lasting results than standard teeth whitening procedures.

Gum Depigmentation — Dark spots on the gums can be very distressing and cause feelings of insecurity. The depigmentation process restores gums to their natural, healthy pink color.

Teeth Straightening — No one feels attractive or confident when their teeth are crooked. Cosmetic dental procedures can bring your teeth back to alignment for comfort and beauty.

Tooth Reshaping — It’s fairly common for individuals to be less than satisfied with the appearance or shape of their teeth. Jagged edges, chipped teeth, excessively long teeth, and crooked teeth are all issues that can be remedied with this type of procedure.

Dental Bridges — Dental bridges give you your full smile back! These bridges are false teeth, or pontics, that are placed between crowns as a means of filling the gaps that have been left by missing teeth. It’s the simplest, fastest, and most common means of replacing missing teeth.

Addition of Dental Material — In some cases, an individual may need to have dental material(s) added to his or her smile so that it can reach its full potential. This might involve the introduction of gum grafts, crowns or caps, porcelain veneers, and/or bonding to teeth or gums.

Achieving the perfect smile is well within your grasp. Schedule your cosmetic consultation now! 

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We all want healthy teeth. Good oral hygiene, after all, impacts all aspects of health and longevity. But just because your mouth is free from any cavities or gum disease doesn’t necessarily guarantee that your teeth are attractive. For one reason or another, your teeth may be detracting from your self-esteem and negatively impacting your smile. Whether due to genetics, a sports-related injury, or other circumstance, you may find yourself wondering if you’ll ever be happy with the way your mouth looks. If this sounds familiar, porcelain veneers may be the answer.

Porcelain veneers are crafted from thin layers of life-like dental porcelain. The purpose of these veneers is to cover up any teeth that you may feel are unattractive or unsightly and give them a complete makeover. This is all completed with minimal tooth preparation, time, and cost. In fact, porcelain veneers offer one of the most affordable solutions for improving the appearance of your smile. Interested? Read on to learn about a few ways that porcelain veneers can change your smile for the better.

White, Bright Coloring

One of the most common complaints that people have about their teeth is that the color isn’t what they would like. White teeth have become a standard for beauty, and having anything less than vibrantly white teeth can leave you feeling unattractive and undesirable. Although you may be able to correct minor issues with the use of whitening strips and other treatments, you’ll find that after years of eating and drinking certain foods and beverages, some stains may be hard to get rid of. Here, veneers can be used to cover up the discolored areas and brighten your smile. They are designed to match your other teeth so that no one will be able to tell the difference between your porcelain veneers and the real thing.

Perfect Shaping

Teeth may be extremely tough and resilient, but that doesn’t mean they can’t become damaged. Significant oral injuries can lead to chips and cracks, while frequent tooth grinding can result in abnormal wear and tear that makes some teeth appear shorter than others. Of course, there are also those who are simply born with one or more teeth that are oddly shaped. Regardless of the reason why, it’s only natural for you to want uniform shaping and beauty across your entire smile. Customized porcelain veneers can be used to perfect the shape of your teeth.

Ideal Sizing

As a society, we tend to favor teeth size in direct proportion to both the lips and the amount of gums that show. Some people are born with teeth that are much shorter than this, while others may have worn their teeth down to a shorter size after many years of habitually grinding them together. If this has been an issue for you, you might consider using a veneer to add length to your teeth for a more appealing size. Talk to your dentist about limitations, though. Teeth that have lost too much structure may require a porcelain crown instead.

Correct Alignment and Spacing

Many people struggle with problems related to crooked teeth, poor bites, or excessive gaps between teeth. In extreme cases, orthodontic treatments such as braces may be required, but minor alignment and spacing issues can be remedied with porcelain veneers. Smaller gaps and slightly crooked teeth can be masked at a fraction of the cost and in much less time.

You deserve to smile with complete confidence in the appearance of your teeth. Feel free to reach out to Dr. Bruce McArthur, DDS today in order to learn more about how porcelain veneers can give your mouth a complete makeover.

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