It’s no surprise that regular visits to an experienced dentist are an essential part of maintaining a healthy mouth. But did you know that your dentist can give you a smile that feels good and looks amazing, too? Here at Accent Smile Center, we’re proud to provide a variety of cosmetic dentistry services to our patients. If you’re considering improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry, you’re not alone: cosmetic dentistry is increasingly popular as more and more adults look for innovative ways to transform their smile into something special.
Cosmetic dental treatments usually involve procedures that brighten, shape, or straighten the teeth. These aren’t the only benefits, however! Cosmetic procedures can also help restore functionality to the teeth and optimize oral health. If chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth have you hiding your smile and feeling self-conscious, our treatments could be the answer you’ve been looking for. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry and how Dr. Ford Gatgens can use it to give you a gorgeous smile, keep reading below!
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of elective procedures that are aimed at improving the appearance and functionality of your teeth and smile. Modern cosmetic dentistry has evolved to address both functional and aesthetic concerns, and we can now deliver a variety of treatment options to improve your appearance, enhance your natural smile, and give you a boost of self-confidence. Dr. Gatgens is a qualified cosmetic dentist who is able to provide more than common procedures like tooth whitening and veneers—he can give your smile a total makeover!
Accent Smile Center offers the following cosmetic dental services:
Professional Teeth Whitening
As we get older, our teeth can become stained or discolored. Sometimes this is simply due to age, but the effect can be exacerbated if you’ve ever smoked, taken certain medications, or had a heavy tea or coffee habit! Our practice offers Glow Whitening to suit your lifestyle needs and deliver exceptional results.
Glow Whitening is quick, painless, and, in just about an hour, can create stunning results. Glow Whitening can reduce the tooth sensitivity that is often associated with in-office teeth whitening, since our whitening laser is extremely gentle and non-drying on the teeth. Also, the results can be seen immediately after the in-office procedure, and are sure to have you smiling!
Cosmetic bonding is a process where we attach or “bond” materials directly to your teeth in order to change their color and shape. The tooth enamel is then fused together with bonding materials such as porcelain and resins, creating a strong structure that still feels like your natural tooth.
Tooth bonding is multi-purpose but used most often for repairing chipped teeth. The bonding materials and porcelain used are a natural color, so they can also improve the appearance of broken, stained, or cracked teeth. The bonding materials can even address teeth that have excess space between them, fill small cavities, and protect the exposed root of a tooth!
Tooth bonding is a long-lasting treatment and can be effective for several years. However, it is more likely than other types of restoration to chip, stain, or wear down over time.
Veneers are one of the best and most well-known cosmetic dentistry procedures. These custom-made shells are crafted from a thin tooth-colored material, like porcelain or plastic, and are designed to cover the front side of teeth. Veneers can improve teeth with excess spacing as well as teeth that are worn, chipped, stained, or crooked. The look and fit of veneers is superior and long-lasting, which is one reason they remain so popular, year after year!
Having veneers placed is usually an irreversible process since it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate the shell. You may need to avoid certain foods and beverages if you have veneers, since things like coffee, tea, and red wine can stain or discolor them. While a veneer might occasionally chip or fracture, they are generally known for being very durable.
Crowns, which are also known as caps, completely cover a tooth and help restore its natural shape and appearance. We often use crowns to:
- cover a misshapen or discolored tooth
- protect a weak tooth
- restore a broken or worn tooth
- cover a tooth that has a large filling
- hold a dental bridge in place
- cover a dental implant
- cover a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure
Crowns are usually created from materials like metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic materials. They improve the look and function of your teeth, and can have a long life if you take good care of them.
For patients who want to correct crooked teeth or a misalignment, ClearCorrect is the most popular alternative to traditional metal braces. The system uses a series of clear removable aligners that are custom-made to move the teeth gently over time. The thermoplastic material is clear so the aligners are virtually invisible, while their removability offers patients a great deal of freedom throughout the treatment process.
ClearCorrect relies on patient compliance to work, so if you opt for this treatment, you’ll need to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours each day. The aligners will also need to be switched out for the next in the series every 1-2 weeks in order to keep up with the movement of the teeth.
This low-maintenance system is able to successfully correct a range of dental and orthodontic issues, including over- and underbites, crossbites, crowded teeth, and teeth that have too much or not enough spacing. When worn as directed, they can be just as effective as traditional braces with no metal or wires required.
Bring your smile back to life with cosmetic dentistry from Accent Smile Center
Here at Accent Smile Center, we believe in bringing your natural smile to life by restoring and enhancing it with cosmetic dentistry. Whether you’re looking for brighter teeth, a straighter smile, or anything in between, our experienced team can help you achieve it!
If you’re in Dickson or the surrounding areas and looking to take your smile to the next level, get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gatgens. We’re excited to help you bring out the best in your smile!