Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
The big day you've waited for all your life is just around the corner — your wedding day! And to make that day as special as possible you've been working on making yourself more attractive.
In all your preparations, don't forget your smile. There are many ways to make it shine, some requiring little time or effort. A professional dental cleaning and polishing, for example, can do wonders for brightening your smile. If you have above normal staining, you can also undergo professional whitening to remove stains and enhance your teeth's natural color.
Some problems, though, like chipped, slightly misaligned or heavily stained teeth may require more than a cleaning or whitening session. In these cases, you might consider covering these less attractive teeth with porcelain veneers to transform their appearance. As the name implies, veneers are a thin layer of tooth-colored, translucent porcelain custom designed for you and bonded permanently to the visible tooth.
While veneers can significantly change your smile, it can't fix every appearance problem. Some teeth require more extensive dental work, like a porcelain crown that completely covers a tooth, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. In more complex situations you may want to look at orthodontics to repair an unattractive bite, or plastic surgery to change the look of a gummy smile.
Keep in mind, though, many of such treatments take time: installing dental implants can take months and some orthodontic treatments, years. As soon as you can, you should discuss your smile appearance with your dentist and what can be done to enhance it in the time you have.
With the help of your dentist, orthodontist or other specialist, you can change your smile. And that, along with all your other preparations, will help make that once in a lifetime day even more special.
If you would like more information on undergoing a smile makeover, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
How bonding and contouring from your dentist in Kenosha can improve your smile
If you have some bad habits like chewing your fingernails or biting hard objects, chances are you’ve damaged your teeth. If you have an aging smile, chances are you have small chips and wear on the edges of your teeth. These small cosmetic issues can drive you crazy. The good news is there is a quick, simple procedure to get you smiling again. The answer is dental bonding and contouring. Dr. Mario Maritato at Maritato Dental in Kenosha, WI wants to introduce you to this unique treatment and what it can do for your smile.
Dental bonding and contouring can be performed in one dental visit and typically doesn’t require anesthetic. It is the perfect solution to hide problems like these:
- Small cracks and chips from bad habits or trauma
- Wear along tooth edges due to aging
- Genetic defects in tooth enamel
- Fracture lines due to trauma
You can also use dental bonding and contouring to change the color of teeth that have stains or discolorations from:
- Smoking and other tobacco products
- Drinking coffee, tea or red wine
- Taking medications like tetracycline
If you have teeth with alignment issues and you think orthodontics is the only way to straighten teeth, think again! Thanks to dental bonding and contouring, you can even cosmetically change the alignment of teeth that are:
- Rotated or twisted
- Gapped apart
Dental bonding uses a unique liquid resin material called composite. This material can be color-matched and sculpted to blend perfectly with your natural teeth. The composite is applied as a liquid, sculpted into shape, and then hardened with a high-tech ultraviolet light. Contouring is combined with the bonding treatment to create a harmonious look to your smile.
When you choose dental bonding and contouring, you can expect:
- Quick results because treatment can be done in one appointment
- Natural results because composite matches perfectly with your smile
- Inexpensive treatment because bonding and contouring costs far less than other cosmetic services
If you want to correct minor imperfections in your smile quickly and easily, dental bonding and contouring is the perfect choice! For more information about dental bonding, contouring and other cosmetic and restorative dental services call Dr. Maritato at Maritato Dental in Kenosha, WI today!
One of the most important aspects of social interaction is smiling, showing others we’re confident and outgoing. Â Many people, though, are hesitant to use this important social skill because their teeth are unattractive.
But even the most unattractive teeth can be dramatically transformed through cosmetic dentistry. Here are 5 prominent ways we can restore beauty to your problem teeth.
Enamel shaping. Sometimes teeth can have an irregular shape that makes them stand out like a sore thumb. With this “sculpting” technique, we remove very small amounts of enamel, the outer protective layer of a tooth, which improves the tooth’s overall shape without harming it.
Bonding. Recent developments in acrylics now make it easier to repair chipped, broken or decayed teeth with minimal preparation. The acrylic material can be molded to resemble a natural tooth and colored to precisely match its shade and that of neighboring teeth. It’s then bonded to the tooth with a durability that can last through years of daily biting and chewing.
Veneers. These thin layers of dental porcelain are bonded to teeth to cover minor defects. Otherwise healthy teeth that are slightly chipped, stained or a bit out of alignment can get a more attractive “face” that’s durable and lasting.
Crowns and Bridgework. Sometimes teeth are too heavily decayed or lost altogether to use bonding or veneers. With porcelain dental restorations that have a strong inner core and an outer life-like appearance, we can completely cover an individual damaged tooth with a custom-made crown or replace one or more missing teeth with fixed bridgework.
Dental Implants. Introduced over thirty years ago, implants are a popular tooth replacement choice. Â Its inner titanium post is surgically inserted into the jaw where bone cells grow and adhere to it to form a strong, lasting bond. Implants can be used for single teeth or as supports for fixed bridgework or removable dentures.
Regardless of your teeth’s appearance problems, cosmetic dentistry has a solution. The first step is a comprehensive examination — from there we can advise you on the best options for turning your embarrassing smile into a more beautiful and confident one.
If you would like more information on the various techniques for smile transformation, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”
Regardless if you are missing one or many teeth, you may feel embarrassed about your gaps. Additionally, you might notice that your teeth are moving, your facial muscles are sagging or that you cannot chew or speak as well as you once did. If this is the case, you could benefit from dental implants. Your Kenosha, WI dentist can help you fill in the gaps and rejuvenate your smile into something you can be proud of.
Surgically placed into the jawbone below your missing tooth, dental implants are safe, secure and permanent. To best understand how dental implants work, you should understand the different parts:
- Fixture: The implant’s fixture replaces your missing tooth’s root. It is a small post implanted into the bone which, over time, becomes fused to the bone and creates a sturdy foundation for your replacement tooth.
- Abutment: The abutment anchors the crown into place by connecting to the fixture.
- Prosthesis: A tooth-shaped dental crown covers the implant itself, replacing your missing tooth and allowing you full functionality of your teeth and bite. If your implants support implant-supported dentures, the prosthesis is a denture which latches onto several strategically placed implants.
The initial phase of the dental implants process involves consultation, preparation, and surgery. Your dentist takes a mold of your mouth on which your prosthesis is based. A dental laboratory customizes your crown or denture to the exact specifications of your mouth, ensuring a natural look and fully functioning teeth. At this point, your dentist implants the fixture into the bone. Over the next few months, the fixture fuses to the bone to become fully integrated. When the surgery sites heal, a second appointment allows your Kenosha, WI dentist to place your new teeth onto the implants, completing the procedure.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
When you lose a tooth, the bone underneath begins to degrade, or atrophy. When this happens, facial muscles sag and the surrounding teeth might move to compensate. While traditional dentures or bridges get the job done, they do not stimulate the bone like dental implants. Implants promote new bone growth and prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting. Additionally, since they are permanently in your mouth, caring for and eating with dental implants is as easy as caring for natural teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing at least once and seeing your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings twice a year keeps your implants clean and healthy for a lifetime.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Mario Maritato, DDS at Maritato Dental in Kenosha, WI. Call 262-657-0504 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!