Dentist in Edmonton | Cosmetic Dentistry at The Tooth Doctor
At the Tooth Doctor we want to help everyone achieve their best smile. This is the goal for any age client we have. We want to save as many teeth as possible, for as long as possible, for as cheap as possible. There are many options that we offer in house to help you achieve the smile you want and deserve. Not only do we offer general dentistry care for your mouth but also cosmetic options to help you achieve an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Most people believe having a pleasant looking smile helps them achieve more, it boosts their confidence and even allows them more opportunities to succeed. A beautiful smile really is one of the best assets we have in making a good impression.
When it comes to defining cosmetic dentistry, it is the care of your mouth, gums, teeth, and smile. Anything that can be done to improve the look as well as function of your oral health fits in this category. The most popular procedures are teeth whitening, veneers, fillings, implants, and teeth straightening. Some of these treatments are much less invasive than others. In the following we will go through each of them in greater detail.
The most popular as well as least invasive treatment to help you achieve your best smile is teeth whitening. This is a great starting point to help you look your best, however, if you have greater or more pressing needs when it comes to your dental health, The Tooth Doctor will always address those first.
Lots of options available for cosmetic dentistry
With today’s technology and products, it is possible to lighten your teeth by two to nine shades lighter. When thinking about lightening your teeth it is important to understand what is causing the discoloration. There are two types that may be going on in your mouth. The first is extrinsic and is also the easier of the two to fix. Things such as types of food and drink that are dark or heavily colored can cause extrinsic staining.
Tobacco and even just wear and tear fits in this category as well. The other type of staining is intrinsic. This means its deeper in the tooth and usually is caused by trauma, age or exposure to chemicals or minerals, especially so when the teeth are just forming.
The next popular cosmetic dentistry treatment is porcelain veneers. You could be wanting to achieve your best smile, but your teeth may have intrinsic discoloration that is not treatable. Veneers become a great option to fix that. Another reason you may choose veneers is due to a functional issue you have with your teeth. This could be a chipped or cracked tooth. Many clients have just their top front two teeth treated with veneers to achieve a more radiant smile.
The porcelain shell fits right over the prepped tooth. Keep in mind your natural tooth will be altered to make the veneer fit and look natural. A veneer lasts for about 10 to 15 years after which it needs replacing. The key points to remember is it is invasive and not permanent; however, it can change the whole look of your face and smile.
Advantages of Teeth Straightening
Teeth Straightening is the next most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. There are so many more options than there have ever been. You can opt for clear aligners such as Invisalign. Other less visible options are ceramic tooth-colored brackets, or inside braces which are attached to the back of the tooth. At The Tooth Doctor, we can fit you with Invisalign aligners right in our clinic. You will have a series of clear aligner trays that take you through a gradual shift.
This is the preferred method due to cost, little interference and higher level of comfort. The results are outstanding too. This gradual shift and rotation of the teeth does not damage the tooth roots either. There is a steady consistent pressure that is less painful than traditional metal braces. The fact that you can remove them to eat or drink and brush your teeth makes them a number one choice to straighten teeth.
Another popular cosmetic procedure that changes your smile is gingival contouring. This is when you alter the gummy smile you may have. If your gums are more prevalent than you would like when you smile you can undergo treatment for it. This is much more invasive and therefore done by more specialized cosmetic surgeons, orthodontists, and periodontists.
Some other options in the cosmetic dentistry industry
Direct Composite bonding is another option to help fix your smile. If you do not want to go the veneer route but you want to achieve a more beautiful even smile, bonding may be your next best choice. It is resin that is used to repair chips, cracks, or small gaps in your teeth. This is cheaper and simpler than veneers, although you will have to touch it up sooner than if you had the latter procedure done.
Dental crowns are one of the most popular of choices when it comes to having a tooth fixed. This is usually chosen due to the tooth’s integrity being weak. There are some choices in material and color. If you want to insert one over a tooth that is highly visible you will likely want to go with a ceramic-porcelain as it looks the most natural and can be matched the best with the teeth surrounding it. Molars typically will do better with a gold crown due to durability. A crown lasts for 10 to 15 years just like a veneer.
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One of the last cosmetic treatments that is popular is implants. This tooth and root replacement offers the highest level of strength and durability. It is a natural toothlike solution to replacing a missing tooth. The titanium root is surgically implanted into the jaw. Eventually the jaw grows around it. Because it is an invasive treatment it can take up to six months to recover before a crown can be attached on top.
All these special dentistry procedures are offered right in the clinic at The Tooth Doctor. If you have been wanting to achieve a better smile it is a great idea to call our clinic and book a no obligation consultation to see how we can help you.