Why would a patient be interested in cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry provides solutions that meet both needs and wants. If a patient hides their smile because of embarrassing, ugly teeth, cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental bonding, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers or crowns could be used to conceal flaws and rebuild teeth to create an attractive smile.
Tooth color and arrangement, gum architecture, lip shape and muscle tone are just a few things that can change a smile. But more than that… if you feel good about yourself, your smile is going to be automatically more radiant.
“I have seen where lack of acceptable personal appearance has been crippling and the restoration of that self-confidence was life changing.”
Carmichael Dental Care Cosmetic Dental Treatments include:
Simple and safe, professional teeth whitening products can be used at home or applied in-office. Teeth bleaching gels break through stains and can lighten teeth by several shades. We recommend that you visit Carmichael Dental Care for teeth whitening services; over-the-counter products are not of adequate strength and may contain ingredients that increase tooth sensitivity.
Dental Bonding and Tooth-Colored Fillings
Dental cosmetic bonded restorations or tooth-colored composite fillings are created using plastic components and adhesive techniques specially designed for dentistry. They are best suited for small areas that have minor chips or early decay. Composite dental filling materials are available in a wide variety of tooth shades to match your smile; they are more appealing to the eye than the dark silver mercury fillings of the past. A composite dental filling can be completed in one appointment with your Carmichael Dental Care general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Chet Swartzentruber.
Dentistry has benefited from the cosmetic and functional properties of porcelain for many years. Porcelain is "translucent", meaning that light passes through it as it does your own natural teeth. This gives the dentist the opportunity to create a custom smile with a natural-looking result. Porcelain veneers are used to cosmetically enhance natural teeth. A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is adhered to the front surface of the tooth to mask cracks, an odd shape or discolorations. Typically veneers are used on multiple front teeth to create a uniform smile appearance. They may also be used in combination with porcelain crowns and bridges to match the shade of an existing tooth to your new smile.
Botox® and Dermal Fillers
Dr. Chet Swartzentruber has completed advanced training through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics in the application of Botox® and dermal fillers for cosmetic and therapeutic treatments in our Montgomery dental office. Now cosmetic dentistry can be complimented by fuller lips and smoother skin! Learn more about Botox® and dermal fillers.
When teeth are broken-down from decay, wear, old fillings or are missing entirely, Carmichael Dental services that rebuild function such as crowns, bridges, dentures and dental implant restorations are required. The old adage in dentistry is "form follows function". When a dental restoration is designed, replacement of the ability to chew and speak properly is the first priority, and in the process of replacing natural tooth structure, appearance, shade and shape are also important for a successful outcome.
- Dental crowns and bridges may be designed using tooth-colored porcelain or zirconia for a natural look.
- Dental implants are small metal cylinders used to replace the tooth root; these are restored with a cosmetic dental crown or bridge to achieve a gorgeous result.
- Dentures are no longer the ugly pink plastic version that your grandparents wore, today’s cosmetic complete dentures and partial dentures can be designed to look completely natural.
This patient avoided the dentist her whole life because of fear (now we have medications for that). She was too embarrassed to go to job interviews or to interact socially. After her treatment, she was ecstatic with her new smile. She wanted to help others receive what she now had, so she asked us for a job!
Montgomery dentist Dr. Chet Swartzentruber Cosmetic Life-Like Dentures®
Cosmetic Life-Like System is the first system to incorporate cosmetics for the denture patient. LLS Cosmetic dentures apply a unique layering process to simulate real gum tissue. Learn more about Cosmetic Life-Like Dentures®.
Montgomery general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Chet Swartzentruber can assist you with your dental health needs and answer any questions you may have about cosmetic and restorative treatments we provide at Carmichael Dental Care. Contact Us to schedule a New Patient Consultation.