Are your teeth worn down, cracked, or stained? Are you ever embarrassed of your smile? For patients who wish for a more attractive smile, our dentist may recommend cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dental care whose purpose is to enhance and restore the beauty of your smile.
Teeth whitening is a simple, effective way to brighten a smile that has become dull, yellowed or stained. Our smiles can become dull over time from staining drinks (such as tea, coffee or soda), poor oral hygiene habits, smoking and tobacco use, illness, certain medications, fluorosis and the natural aging process.
We offer professional teeth whitening treatment in our office that uses a powerful whitening gel applied directly to the surface of your teeth. This gel can dramatically whiten your teeth and reduce stains, discoloration and yellowing in your smile. Teeth whitening is often available in both in-office and take-home treatments. With professional teeth whitening, it has never been easier to achieve a whiter, brighter smile!
Our dentist and team may recommend teeth whitening if you have become unhappy or dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile. We will work with you to help you determine the type of whitening and treatment length that will work best for your smile and give you the results you want. Our goal is to give you a beautiful, healthy smile you can enjoy for a lifetime.
If you have any questions about teeth whitening and would like to learn more, please call or visit us at our office today!
Our dentist may recommend replacing your missing teeth with a dental bridge. Bridges are designed to replace individual teeth or several teeth in a row, closing the gap caused by the missing teeth to restore your smile as well as your ability to chew and speak normally. Bridges consist of one or more prosthetic teeth anchored in place through the use of two dental crowns, one on either side of the prosthetic tooth or teeth. These crowns hold the artificial tooth in place to help ensure that it will not shift or come loose. Your bridge may also be anchored by a dental implant rather than by crowns.
Bridges are typically recommended to:
- Restore your ability to perform daily actions such as speaking and eating
- Alleviate excess stress on your bite
- Replace partial dentures
- Prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position
Bridges have the added benefit of preventing your remaining teeth from shifting out of place, helping you to maintain your smile and improving the shape and volume of your face.
When you receive a dental bridge, plan on at least two appointments with our dentist. During the first visit, we will take impressions and prepare your teeth to receive the bridge. After your bridge has been created, you will return to our office, where our dentist will check that it fits before permanently bonding your bridge into place.
Are your teeth crowded or crooked? Do you wish for a straighter, more radiant smile? Ask Dr. Kristopher Boyd about Invisalign®. Invisalign is the leading brand of clear aligners. Clear aligners are a set of tight-fitting retainers that are custom made to slip over your teeth. These aligners gently straighten your teeth over time. Every two weeks, our dentist will provide you with the next set of clear aligners.
To create your customized Invisalign treatment plan, our dentist will take X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth. Invisalign will make a digital 3D image of your teeth using these items, and our dentist will map out a treatment plan using the 3D image. Treatment time is generally about a year for adults, but individual cases may vary. For teens, treatment time is usually about the same as braces. Your comfortable, custom-made aligners are then made. Wear them throughout the day, removing to eat, brush, and floss. Our dentist will supply you with your next set of aligners about every two weeks. Our dentist will check your progress about every six weeks.
A dental implant is a small, screw-shaped artificial tooth root made of titanium that is surgically placed into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth or bridge. The implant fuses with the jawbone over time in a process called osseointegration, which provides a stable and durable foundation for the replacement tooth. Dental implants are designed to function and look like natural teeth and are a popular and effective option for replacing missing or damaged teeth.