Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Could your smile benefit from a makeover? Thanks to a variety of dental cosmetic procedures, transforming your smile is easier than ever. Your North Royalton, OH, dentists, Drs. Anita and Kevin Robertson, offer CEREC same-day crowns, veneers, Invisalign and other cosmetic dentistry services at Robertson Family Dentistry.
CEREC same-day crowns
Crowns are hollow restorations that protect and restore teeth or improve their appearance. The hollow restorations are designed to slip over teeth that have been reduced in size. CEREC are created in your North Royalton dentist's office while you wait, unlike porcelain crowns that are made in dental laboratories.
Crowns are used to:
- Strengthen weak or cracked teeth
- Repair broken or fractured teeth
- Change the appearance of discolored or oddly shaped teeth
- Lengthen short teeth
Dental veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells attached to the fronts of teeth only. Unlike dental crowns, the restorations only require removal of a tiny amount of tooth enamel.
Veneers are used to:
- Conceal imperfections, such as chips, shallow cracks, uneven surfaces, and discolorations
- Whiten your entire smile
- Close slight gaps between teeth
- Change the shape and length of teeth
Invisalign offers a more discreet straightening option than metal braces. The orthodontic system realigns teeth using clear, removable aligner trays. The trays are worn for about 20 to 22 hours every day and replaced with a new set of trays every two weeks.
Invisalign is a good choice if:
- You're a teen or adult.
- You're looking for a subtle straightening option.
- Your teeth are crooked or overlap.
- You have a mild to moderate bite problem.
Dental implants offer the newest way to replace missing teeth. Titanium implants placed in your jawbone take the place of your natural roots. The implants fuse to your jawbone in just three to six months. Once your implants are securely anchored to your bone, a dental crown is added to complete the restoration of your tooth.
Dental implants are an excellent option if:
- You want a restoration that feels like a real tooth.
- You don't want to experience any decline in biting power.
- You prefer a restoration that lasts a long time. (Implants may last your entire lifetime.)
Boost your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatment! Call your North Royalton, OH, dentists, Drs. Anita and Kevin Robertson of Robertson Family Dentistry at (440) 230-2323 to schedule an appointment.
Gaps in your smile may lead you to feel as though your teeth are not up to par, causing self-esteem issues and other problems, like trouble with chewing or speaking. However, dental implants can provide a natural-looking tooth replacement option to permanently fill your gaps. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Anita Robertson and Dr. Kevin Robertson at Robertson Family Dental in North Royalton, OH.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants have three main parts: an implant fixture, an abutment, and the prosthetic tooth. These elements work together to replace one or more missing teeth. The fixture lies within the jawbone, which grows around the metal post during the healing process. This ensures a sturdy and permanent foundation for the rest of the implant.
Are dental implants safe?
Dentists have used dental implants for upwards of five decades and these restorations have proven time and time again to be the gold standard of tooth replacement. In addition to remaining permanently in the mouth, implants also stand on their own without the help of the surrounding healthy teeth. Dental implants also have the FDA’s seal of approval and are available at most dentist’s offices.
Can dental implants help me?
A good candidate for a dental implant has no traces of teeth decay or gum disease and is in good general and dental health. The implant’s fixture requires enough bone volume in the area of the missing tooth, meaning candidates should have minimal bone atrophy. Some patients may need a bone grafting procedure prior to placing their implants.
Implant Dentistry in North Royalton, OH
If you think you can benefit from a dental implant, you should consult with your dentist to ensure this is the best course of treatment for you and your smile. Find out more about dental implants and how they can help you with Dr. Anita Robertson and Dr. Kevin Robertson at Robertson Family Dental in North Royalton, OH. Call (440) 230-2323 to schedule your consultation or appointment with your dentist today!
In summer, there is no shortage of occasions to show off your smile. Whether attending a wedding, graduation celebration, family reunion or neighborhood barbecue, you’ll want to look your best. But if your smile doesn’t shine as brightly as you’d like, a trip to the dental office may just be the confidence-booster you’re looking for. Here are some popular techniques to enhance your smile:
Teeth cleaning. A professional cleaning can make your mouth feel fresh and add sparkle to your smile. The dental hygienist uses special tools to get rid of plaque and tartar that you cannot remove during your oral hygiene routine at home. In addition, hygienists use a tooth-polishing tool that removes surface stains.
Professional whitening. Professional teeth whitening can achieve excellent results in one short office visit. But if you have several weeks before the big event on your calendar, you can also get winning results at home using custom-made whitening trays from the dental office. Either way, your smile can sparkle at summer celebrations.
Cosmetic bonding. If your teeth have small chips or cracks, cosmetic bonding may be a good option for you. In bonding, tooth-colored material is shaped to the tooth and hardened with a curing light. The procedure—generally done in one office visit without anesthesia—is relatively inexpensive, and the result is very natural-looking.
Porcelain veneers. If you are unhappy with the color, shape, size or spacing of your teeth, long-lasting dental veneers can give your smile a whole new look. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the tooth’s surface. Because they may be crafted in a dental lab, they may require two to three visits to the dental office over a few-week period.
With so many options, it’s easy to put your best smile forward at all your summer gatherings. We can help. If you have any questions about brightening your smile, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Porcelain Veneers.”
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”