Achieving Beautiful Smiles with Cosmetic Dentistry
Are you looking to improve your smile? At Susan Thomas, DDS we can help you achieve your best smile with cosmetic solutions as a stand-alone service or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
If you want a more beautiful, uniform smile, contact our office to discover how cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve your goals.
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How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve My Smile?
Thanks to the advancements in general dental services, Dr. Thomas can improve function and aesthetics while addressing smile problems with long-lasting results. Depending on your goals, we can address a single improvement or provide a full-mouth restoration treatment that includes several minor to more complex procedures.
Our solutions are capable of:
- Evening the size, shape, and symmetrical alignment of certain teeth
- Filling in unappealing gaps between teeth
- Lightening the color of teeth
- Repairing broken, chipped, cracked or decaying teeth
- Restoring missing teeth.
- Replacing old and unpleasant dental treatments
- Replacing old, work, or faulty restorations
From whitening your teeth to closing gaps and straightening teeth, many dental procedures can restore a beautiful smile.
How Much Will My Smile Makeover Cost?
Depending on what services you need and your insurance benefits, the cost of treatment varies. To find out exactly how much the procedures will cost you, schedule a consultation with us today.
What Procedures are Cosmetic?
After your initial consultation, we will work together alongside you to ensure that you achieve the most beautiful and long-lasting results.
Our available treatments often include:
- Composite Bonding
- Tooth-colored Crowns
- White, Composite Fillings
- Teeth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Dental Implant Restorations
- Fixed Bridges and Full and Partial Dentures
What Can I Expect from My Cosmetic Treatment?
We will customize a plan to rejuvenate your aesthetics. Dr. Thomas will review recommended treatments in detail to help you make an informed decision about your options.
Consider these five important questions to ask yourself before your first consultation:
- How much time do you have available?
- What do you like or dislike about your smile's color, size, shape and/or spacing?
- Do you like how much your teeth show, both when you smile and when you relax your lips?
- Would you like perfectly uniformed teeth that are bright "Hollywood White," or would you prefer a more natural look with slight variations in shape and shade?
- Do you want your gums to show more or less when you smile?
This information allows us to understand your goals and prepare your treatment plan accordingly.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to brighten your smile by many shades. We use a specialty-grade, formulated whitening gel solution to eliminate the staining particles that stain your enamel.
How Did My Teeth Become Stained?
Some level of tooth discoloration is inevitable over time. Highly pigmented foods and drinks such as dark berries, red wine, coffee, tomatoes, and soda can all stain your teeth.
Other factors that often lead to tooth discoloration include:
- Using tobacco products
- Certain medications
- Poor dental hygiene
Whatever the cause of your enamel staining, professional teeth whitening uses powerful, yet safe solutions to break down the molecules that form stains and significantly reduce or eliminate them. Whitening results vary from patient to patient.
Bonding can address broken, cracked, or uneven spaces between teeth. It can even improve enamel staining. To match your exact smile, we use tooth-colored composite materials that are sculpted to cover or replace the problem areas of your teeth.
Why Would I Need Dental Bonding?
Bonding involves matching the surrounding teeth with a shaped and polished composite resin. Bonding is most commonly used to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped teeth for cosmetic purposes. It can also be used to even spaces, make teeth look fuller, or change the shape of your enamel.
Sometimes bonding is used to protect the portion of the tooth's root that was exposed when gums recede.
White, Composite Fillings
Composite resin, or tooth-colored filling material, is used for small to medium-sized fillings and can withstand moderate pressure from constant chewing. They are a good choice for those who prefer seamless, natural-looking results.
The composite material is molded according to the specific shape of your tooth and is color-matched for an ideal shade that blends with your surrounding teeth.
Reasons Why You’d Need a Crown
Part of the reason why crowns are so popular is their versatility since crowns can replace or protect the remaining natural tooth. Crowns are tailored to fit your bite, making them both a favorable and reliable treatment.
3 Top Reasons to Use Crowns
Damage & Wear- Repairs chips, cracks, and fractures. When repaired with a crown, dental function, health, and beauty are restored.
Root Canal Therapy- After the removal of infection from the root canal, crowns are used to seal off and protect the tooth structure. With a customized crown, your tooth can function normally and look natural.
Dental Implants Restorations- For patients in need of single tooth replacement, an implant-supported crown restores a missing tooth completely.
Veneers are thin, ceramic shells that bind directly to each tooth to enhance the color or shape on the front sides of teeth. Veneers are safe restorations that are designed to improve your smile in a less-invasive manner. Porcelain veneers are almost indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Utilizing the Versatility of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are used to treat a wide range of dental limitations that can adversely affect the appeal and function of your smile such as:
- Chipped teeth
- Worn or misshapen teeth
- Gaps in the smile
- Minor misalignment
- Severe discoloration
- Thin or weak enamel
- Uneven smile
Porcelain veneers can give you a brighter, straighter, and more uniform smile.
Dental Implants Restorations
Implant posts are placed in the jaw surgically and permanently, and patients can benefit from long-term tooth replacement when fully healed.
When dental implants are attached to a life-like crown, bridge, or denture, missing teeth are fully restored, from the root to the crown.
There are many ways to use implants to replace missing teeth:
Single Tooth Replacement- A single implant is inserted into the jawbone to replace the missing root of a tooth, and a crown is affixed to the post to complete tooth-replacement.
Multiple Tooth Replacement - Implants provide an ideal replacement when you have more than one tooth missing. An implant-supported bridge, or fixed bridge, can be used to replace multiple missing teeth in a row without having to alter neighboring teeth for a secure foundation.
Full-Arch Replacement - Implants can make dentures more comfortable and efficient. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and don’t provide any underlying bone support. The implant posts provide the necessary chewing pressure to help maintain healthy bone density.
The essential stability provided by implants not only offers a secure foundation for your dentures, but this is also important for encouraging proper eating and speaking.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Cosmetic dentistry relies heavily on a secure oral health foundation such as healthy gum tissue, correct alignment of teeth and tooth roots, and a strong, functioning jawbone. When issues like missing teeth affect these essential factors, dental implants can provide a secure, reliable, and lasting solution.
Dental implants are unlike any other tooth-replacement option available because they consist of titanium posts that fuse with living tissue and bone. It’s this process, called osseointegration, that makes dental implants so successful and reliable.
Implant posts serve as artificial tooth roots that restore essential stimulation to your jawbone, enhance bone volume, and help preserve natural facial features. They consist of body-safe titanium posts used to replace teeth lost due to trauma, extraction, or decay due to advanced gum disease. Implants are designed to mimic the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth.
Cosmetic Treatment You Can Trust
Why wait to have a confident smile? Contact our Livonia dental office in Livonia for a cosmetic consultation.
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