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If you are unhappy with certain aspects of your smile, cosmetic dentistry could be the solution. Numerous treatments and services are available for addressing various cosmetic concerns, such as stained or chipped teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can give you a complete smile makeover. Dr. Casey Hart, the skilled dentist at our office in Marietta, GA, can recommend specific procedures to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help
Cosmetic dentistry can do so much to enhance your smile. A wide range of treatments and services are available for addressing many types of cosmetic issues, including:
- A dull smile
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Crooked or oddly-shaped teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Crowded or overlapping teeth
- Excess spacing between teeth
- A gummy smile
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments & Services
We offer many different cosmetic dentistry services at our office in Marietta, GA. Our experienced dentist can help you decide which treatments are right for you based on your specific smile concerns. Examples of the cosmetic dentistry services we provide include:
Bonding — Cosmetic bonding is a highly effective method for repairing chipped or cracked teeth. A tooth-colored resin material is applied to the damaged area. For example, it can be used to fill in the portion of a tooth that chipped off. A special light is used to cure the resin, which becomes permanently bonded to the tooth. Once it is completely dry, the resin looks just like part of the tooth and the imperfection will no longer be visible.
Porcelain Veneers — Veneers are thin tooth-like covers applied to the front surface of teeth with cosmetic issues to improve their appearance. They give teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or oddly shaped a flawless new appearance. Each veneer is custom-made to look completely natural and fit perfectly. Additionally, the porcelain used to create veneers closely resembles the look of tooth enamel.
Teeth Whitening— This is a treatment for brightening dull teeth and removing certain types of stains and discolorations. Professional teeth whitening is the fastest and safest way to achieve a whiter smile. A single treatment can whiten teeth by up to eight shades with results that last for up to five years.
Contouring and Reshaping — This is a procedure for giving oddly-shaped teeth a more pleasing appearance or for creating more space between crowded or overlapping teeth. Teeth are contoured and reshaped by gently removing small portions of the enamel to achieve the desired look.
Crown Lengthening —This is a procedure for treating gummy smiles, in which the teeth are partially covered by excess gum tissue. The procedure involves reshaping or removing excess gum tissue so more of the teeth are exposed.
Cosmetic dentistry services can deliver the smile you’ve always wanted. To discover what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hart, your knowledgeable dentist, by calling our office in Marietta, GA, at (770) 926-8371.
So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?
Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!
Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.
If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.
If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.
A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.
Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”
If you were a well-known actor, how far would you go to get inside the character you’re playing in a movie? Plenty of stars have gained or lost weight to fit the role; some have tried to relate to their character by giving up creature comforts, going through boot camp, even trying out another occupation for a time. But when Jamie Foxx played a homeless musician in the 2009 film The Soloist, he went even further: He had part of his front tooth chipped out!
“My teeth are just so big and white — a homeless person would never have them,” he told an interviewer. “I just wanted to come up with something to make the part unique. I had one [tooth] chipped out with a chisel.”
Now, even if you’re trying to be a successful actor, we’re not suggesting you have your teeth chipped intentionally. However, if you have a tooth that has been chipped accidentally, we want you to know that we can repair it beautifully. One way to do that is with cosmetic bonding.
Bonding uses tooth-colored materials called “composite resins” (because they contain a mixture of plastic and glass) to replace missing tooth structure. The composite actually bonds, or becomes one, with the rest of the tooth.
Composite resins come in a variety of lifelike tooth shades, making it virtually impossible to distinguish the bonded tooth from its neighbors. Though bonding will not last as long as a dental veneer, it also does not require the involvement of a dental laboratory and, most often, can be done with minor reshaping of the tooth.
Cosmetic Bonding for Chipped Teeth
A chipped tooth can usually be bonded in a single visit to the dental office. First, the surface of the tooth may be beveled slightly with a drill, and then it is cleaned. Next, it is “etched” with an acidic gel that opens up tiny pores. After the etching gel is rinsed off, the liquid composite resin in a well-matched shade is painted on in a thin layer, filling these tiny pores to create a strong bond. A special curing light is used to harden this bonding material. Once the first layer is cured, another layer is painted on and cured. Layers can continue to be built up until the restoration has the necessary thickness. The bonding material is then shaped and polished. The whole procedure takes only about 30 minutes!
If you have questions about cosmetic bonding, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin.”