Cosmetic Dentistry in Shelton, CT
As dentists, we always want our patients to have healthy teeth that last a lifetime. However, it is also very important to be happy with the way that your teeth look, and how they make you feel about yourself. A bright, beautiful smile is the first impression that you give out to the world.
At Smile Dental Center, we specialize in cosmetic dentistry. If there is something you would like to fix about the appearance of your teeth, we can help.
Most people will see some discoloration of their teeth over time, due to staining caused by normal wear and tear. Smoking can speed up this process, as can drinking certain beverages such as coffee and tea. If you are looking to brighten your smile, peroxide whiteners can be an easy and effective solution.
Peroxide whiteners are available over the counter for at-home use, or through special treatments at your dentist’s office. Usually at-home treatments are weaker, but in many cases they can still improve the appearance of your teeth. If you have porcelain crowns or composite fillings, it is important to note that these materials cannot be lightened through peroxide whitening.
- In-office whitening performed by your dentist can be faster, because the solution is usually stronger than at-home strips. Your dentist may also use heat and light to speed up and enhance the whitening of your teeth. In-office whitening can take several sessions, and may be able to lighten the color of your teeth by 3-8 shades.
- At-home whitening is less reliable and may fade over time, but it is also less expensive. If you plan to try at-home kits, you should still talk to your dentist first. Bleaching agents can temporarily increase the sensitivity of your teeth, or lead to painful burns on your gums if used incorrectly.
If peroxide whiteners are not strong enough to remove the stains on your teeth, Microabrasion treatments may be the next step. The procedure uses hydrochloric acid and pumice to remove very thin micro-layers of tooth enamel, in order to get rid of stains or spots.
The process is painless and usually takes around an hour from start to finish.
Dental veneers are very thin strips of porcelain or resin, designed to cover the front surface of a tooth in order to improve its appearance. Veneers are often used to fix teeth that are badly discolored, worn down, broken, or misaligned. They can also close gaps between teeth, or improve the appearance of teeth that are irregularly shaped.
When your dentist applies a veneer, they will first remove a thin layer of enamel. The veneer is then attached with an adhesive and hardened with a special light, to make sure that the veneer stays in place, and is just as durable as a natural tooth.
Invisalign is a modern approach for straightening teeth, without the hassle and discomfort of metal braces. The aligner trays are made from a clear plastic that is nearly invisible. You can wear them throughout your day, and no one will notice the difference.
Your aligners are custom-made for your mouth. Over time, they will help to gently shift your teeth into the desired position. Around every two weeks, you will switch to a new set of aligners. When your treatment is complete, you will have a beautiful smile.
If you have a chipped tooth or a gap that you would like to close, dental bonding is an alternative to veneers that you might want to consider. A dental bond is made from composite resin applied to the surface of your tooth.
To apply the bond, your dentist will roughen the surface of your tooth with a conditioning gel. Afterwards, the composite resin is cured using a special light.
Cosmetic bonding is less invasive than veneers, and you will keep more of your original tooth. The process is also faster and less expensive. However, there are some drawbacks. Resin bonds will stain over time, whereas porcelain veneers resist staining. Porcelain veneers are also more resistant to damage, and will usually last longer than a resin bond.
Advanced Cosmetic Options
When you have a more advanced cosmetic issue because of missing teeth or tooth decay, we offer restorative procedures that will fix the appearance and the function of your teeth. Some of these options include:
- Same-Day Crowns – A porcelain cap that completely covers your tooth.
- Dental Implants – Replaces a missing tooth by installing an artificial root. Implants will feel and act just like your natural teeth.
- Dental Bridges – Spans the gap left by missing teeth. Relies on surrounding teeth to provide support for the bridge.
We want you to have a bright, healthy smile that you are proud to share with the world. Contact us today at 203-712-7726 to schedule your appointment.