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Cosmetic Dentistry

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.

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve My Smile?

Thanks to the advancements in cosmetic dentistry 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 cosmetic dentistry 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 cosmetic services can restore a beautiful smile. Cosmetic dentistry can improve your appearance while giving you a beautiful, bright, and healthy smile that increases self-confidence and overall life satisfaction.

How Much Will My Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Cost?

Depending on what services you need, the costs of your cosmetic treatment varies. To find out exactly how much cosmetic dentistry will cost you, schedule a consultation with our helpful and knowledgeable team.

Dr. Susan Thomas and her team will do whatever they can to help you receive the treatment you need to achieve your dream smile!

Our Comprehensive Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

We believe that to achieve long-lasting cosmetic results with a successful smile makeover; it should always remain a group effort between you and our team. Dr. Thomas also believes that innovative techniques and advanced dental technologies play a crucial role in your personalized treatment.

After your initial cosmetic 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, to repair small chips or cracks effortlessly
  • CEREC ® Dame-Day Crowns, to replace larger amounts of missing tooth structure within a single office visit
  • White, Composite Fillings for discreet repairing of damage and decay
  • Teeth Whitening, to brighten a dull or discolored smile conveniently
  • Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips, cracks, discoloration, reshaping teeth, and minimizing dental gaps
  • Dental Implants, for secure, reliable, and long-lasting tooth replacement
  • Fixed Bridges, to replace multiple missing teeth in a row that is long-lasting and doesn’t alter neighboring teeth

What Can I Expect from My Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment?

Truly bright and radiant smiles aren’t just for movie stars or the wealthy. Dr. Thomas and our team believe every patient deserves the chance to experience the Hollywood-worthy smile of their dreams.

When you meet with our skilled cosmetic dentist to discuss your ideal smile, we take into consideration your specific smile characteristics, like the size, shape, and color of your teeth, and your unique features such as face shape, lips, gums, bite, skin, hair, and eye color. We even take into consideration your personality and lifestyle!

After listening to your goals, we can customize a plan to rejuvenate your aesthetics. Dr. Thomas will explain her recommendations in detail to help you make an informed decision. Once your cosmetic dentistry transformation is complete, you'll leave our office ready to show off your dream smile to the world!

Playing Your Part in Your Smile Makeover

As a member of your smile makeover team, the most important job you have is to communicate precisely what you don't like about your smile, what you do like, and what you want your smile to achieve.

Consider these five important questions to ask yourself before your first consultation:

  1. How much time do you have available?
  2. What do you like or dislike about your smile's color, size, shape and/or spacing?
  3. Do you like how much your teeth show, both when you smile and when you relax your lips?
  4. 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?
  5. Do you want your gums to show more or less when you smile?

Our team finds it extremely helpful to see any pictures you've collected, including smiles you like and smiles you don't like. This information allows us to understand your goals.

Continue reading to explore each service we provide, find out how they can benefit your smile, and discover which treatment may be best for your smile!

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to brighten your smile by many shades. Professional teeth whitening uses a specialty-grade, formulated gel solution to eliminate the staining particles that linger past your enamel by breaking them up.

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How Did My Teeth Become Stained?

Tooth Discoloration is often inevitable. Highly pigmented foods and drinks such as dark berries, red wine, coffee, tomatoes, and soda can all stain your enamel as these pigments have larger molecules of color that attach to your teeth.

Other factors that often lead to tooth discoloration include:

  • Using tobacco products and smoking
  • Regular consumption of highly-pigmented foods and drinks
  • Certain medications
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Gum Disease

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.

Composite Bonding

Bonding can address broken, cracked, or uneven spaces between teeth. It can even improve enamel staining. To match your exact smile, we use white, tooth-colored composite materials that are sculpted to cover or replace the problem areas of your teeth.

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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 tooth for cosmetic purposes. It can also be used to even spaces, make teeth look fuller, or change the shape or color of your enamel.

Sometimes bonding is also used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth's root that was exposed when gums recede.

White, Composite Fillings

Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide reliable durability and fracture resistance for small to medium-sized fillings that can withstand moderate pressure from constant chewing.

Fillings can also be applied to your front or back teeth. They are a good choice for those who prefer seamless, natural-looking results when filling a cavity or correcting other dental issues.

The white composite materials we use are molded according to the specific shapes of your teeth and are color-matched for an ideal shade that blends your filling with your surrounding teeth.

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When Would a Dental Filling be Necessary?

There are many reasons why Dr. Thomas would choose to restore your smile with our white, composite fillings. The most common can include:  

Because of decay, the tooth has been damaged: This is quite common, resulting from poor oral hygiene habits, not brushing or flossing regularly, or eating and drinking sugary foods and drinks which produce acids that wear away the enamel, causing cavities.

Trauma has damaged the tooth: An accident or a sports injury. This is why we highly recommend wearing a protective mouthguard when participating in rigorous activities.

The tooth may have an inherent defect: Some individuals are just vulnerable to problems with their teeth and gums, because of genetics, as some issues may be purely hereditary.

Regardless of your need for a dental filling, the treatment process remains the same. In each case, it is better to treat the issue early to avoid further damage to the tooth or potential nerve damage.

CREC ® Same-Day Crowns

Dr. Thomas and her team know that waiting to have your smile fixed can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Instead of having you wait for the typical tow-weeks for your customized crown to be fabricated, we proudly offer same-day crowns that warrant efficient treatment without comprising quality. This innovative method eliminates the need for a temporary crown.

Our CEREC Crowns are designed by our in-house milling machine to encompass an affected tooth entirely, preserving its structure while restoring its natural shape and appearance. For cosmetic purposes, our team can also use crowns to address discolored teeth.

While sometimes extending down to the root, crowns fundamentally replace the outer structure of the "crown," also known as the biting surface of your natural tooth.

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Reasons Why You’d Need a Crown

Part of the reason why crowns are so popular is their versatility. When placed, crowns completely encase the damaged tooth portion above the gum line. Crowns are tailored to fit each tooth, making them both a favorable and reliable treatment.

Crowns are used to address, correct, and finalize many other treatments including:

Damage & Wear- Chips, cracks, or fractures can expose the soft inner dental tissues to infection. 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- For patients in need of single tooth replacement, an implant-supported crown restores a missing tooth completely.

Porcelain Veneers

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.

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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.

Porcelain veneers can correct:

  • 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  

Cosmetic dentistry relies heavily on a secure oral health foundation. Cosmetic dental care is more effective when you have healthy gum tissue, correct alignment of teeth and tooth roots, and a strong, functioning jawbone.

When issues like missing teeth affect these essential factors for achieving long-lasting oral health, dental implants 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.

Dental implants serve as artificial tooth roots that 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. 

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Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants

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 gum and don’t provide any underlying bone support. Pressure from traditional dentures accelerates bone loss so that the gums and bony ridges can no longer effectively hold your dentures in place.

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.

Cosmetic Treatment You Can Trust

Why wait any longer if you’re considering cosmetic dentistry? We believe you should have complete confidence in your smile, and if you don’t, our team can help you achieve it!

Contact our dental office in Livonia for quality cosmetic dentistry treatments today!