Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
You may be able to slow the aging process with healthy habits but you can’t stop it. Every part of your body will change, including your teeth and gums. And even with great dental hygiene and care, there are at least two aging outcomes you may not be able to avoid: discoloration and tooth wear.
Fortunately though, we have ways to counteract these effects and help you enjoy a much younger-looking smile. These techniques range in complexity and cost, but when tailored to your individual situation they can make a world of difference and restore your confidence in your smile.
Brightening teeth that have yellowed with age can be as simple as undergoing teeth whitening. The bleaching solution in this procedure (performed in the office or at home with a prescribed kit) can minimize enamel staining built up over the years. It can even be performed with some control over the level of desired brightness. Although whitening isn’t permanent, with proper care and regular touch-ups you can keep your youthful, dazzling smile for some time.
Tooth whitening, however, may not be enough in some cases of discoloration. If so, you can gain a bright new smile with porcelain veneers or crowns. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored material bonded to the front of a tooth; a porcelain crown completely covers a tooth and is usually cemented onto it.
Normal tooth wearing can also affect the appearance of older teeth, making them look shorter and with less rounded edges than younger teeth. Veneers and crowns can be utilized for this problem too, as well as enamel shaping with a dental drill to minimize those sharp edges and project a softer, younger appearance. In extreme cases, surgically reshaping the gums can give teeth a longer and a more natural look.
These are just a few of the ways we can address these two aging problems, as well as others like receding gums. Depending on your situation, it’s quite possible we can help you take years off your smile.
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.”
Enhance your smile with dental veneers by correcting or concealing cosmetic imperfections with teeth. Dental veneers are thin covers applied to the front of problem teeth. They can be used to improve the appearance of teeth with chips, cracks, or stains. Veneers can even improve the shape and appearance of teeth that are oddly shaped or slightly crooked. Once installed, dental veneers look and function like your natural teeth. At Milford Dental Group, Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian are your Milford, MA, dentists for installation of dental veneers.
Installation of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers can be made from different materials. Porcelain is commonly used because it closely resembles the look of natural tooth enamel. It can also be color-matched to your existing teeth, which helps the veneers look completely natural, as well as to readily blend in with the surrounding teeth. As mentioned, dental veneers are extremely thin covers. They are not meant to replace your existing tooth. They are affixed to the front of problem teeth to cover cosmetic flaws.
To install dental veneers, a thin layer of enamel is first removed from the surface of the tooth. In other words, the front surface of the tooth is shaved down slightly. Removing a bit of enamel allows the dental veneer to sit flush with the surrounding teeth once installed. If a layer of enamel was not removed, the veneer would protrude slightly past the surrounding teeth. Once the tooth with cosmetic imperfections is prepped, the veneer is permanently affixed to the tooth using a dental adhesive.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers offer several benefits and there are a variety of cosmetic imperfections they can conceal or correct. Your Milford area dentist can help you decide if dental veneers are the right choice for enhancing your smile. Some of the many benefits of dental veneers are:
- Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Concealing stains and discolorations
- Correcting the shape of misshaped teeth
- Smoothing out uneven surfaces
- Closing small gaps between teeth
- Correcting uneven spacing between teeth
- Installation is permanent so they will not fall off
- Veneers look just like your natural teeth
- Veneers are color-matched to your existing teeth
Take care of cosmetic imperfections and enhance your smile with dental veneers. They can correct and conceal a variety of issues and give you the smile you desire. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Beigi or Dr. Raeisian, your Milford, MA, dentists for veneers, contact the Milford Dental Group.
It might not be immediately obvious to dental patients who only see their dentists after a cleaning, but the fact is that dentists are skilled in many different facets of their job; this is especially true for Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raesian, dentists at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA. Some of the dental services they provide are outlined here.
Unfortunately, decay happens, and when it does, your Milford dentists are prepared to treat them efficiently. This could mean you'll need a simple filling or a more complex crown to remove the decay and protect the tooth. Root canals, also known as endodontic therapy, repair the inner portions of teeth that have been subject to decay. Extraction, or removal, of a tooth may be necessary in some cases, but our first priority at Milford Dental Group is saving your natural teeth.
If you're missing one or more of your natural teeth, your Milford dentist offers a variety of services that can help replace them, giving you a renewed and more functional smile. Crowns cover up teeth that have sustained damage from decay or injury. Removable dentures can fill in gaps from just one missing tooth or replace all of them. Crowns and bridges have a similar job, although they're designed to be more permanent. Dental implants are the most long-lasting tooth restoration; they become part of your dental anatomy and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Healthy teeth may still need some cosmetic updates to maintain an attractive appearance. You can brighten your smile with a whitening treatment or ask about bonding to fill in gaps or chips. Alignment issues can be repaired with orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign. Veneers can completely make over your smile by hiding flaws with cosmetic covers made of porcelain. At Milford Dental Group, many of our cosmetic services - like dental implants or crowns - overlap with the ones used to improve the health of your teeth as well.
We here at Milford Dental Group are here to help you have the best smile you can, so please contact us at (508) 966-7923 for questions about any of the services listed above! We'd be happy to talk with you.
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.”