A simple smile can help brighten up someone's day. Fortunately, if your smile is not meeting your expectations, then Dr. Andrew Henninger and our team at Singing River Dentistry have some cosmetic dentistry solutions to offer. This branch of dentistry is focused on improving the appearance of your teeth and your smile. This means reshaping, lightening, and even repairing or replacing broken teeth.
We are pleased to provide cosmetic treatments to our valued patients that include services such as tooth whitening, teeth bonding, dental veneers, porcelain crowns, and Invisalign clear aligners. Although cosmetic dentistry aims to improve the appearance of your smile, some treatment cases also provide restorative benefits. Our team at Singing River Dentistry in Madison, AL can help you achieve that beautiful smile you deserve.
Teeth whitening is also known as teeth bleaching, and it is one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry. In many cases, it can be performed in just a single visit. This procedure can whiten your teeth from stains and discoloration. Not everyone’s teeth can be bleached, however, and our dentist will first check if you are eligible for this procedure.
The process starts by removing the tartar, plaque, and other debris from the surface of each tooth in order to restore its natural appearance. After this, a bleaching agent will be applied to whiten your teeth and to achieve a lighter shade from the original color. This procedure can be quite transformative in improving your smile.
A crown is usually referred to as a dental cap. This is a type of restoration that covers the entire tooth. It is usually about two millimeters in thickness. However, the tooth may need to be filed or ground down for the crown placement. A crown can help strengthen a tooth by acting as the hard outer shell that protects the tooth structure that is inside it.
Porcelain crowns are usually a great option for broken or decayed teeth. They are long-lasting and are made to match the size, color, and shape of your teeth, restoring your beautiful smile. This procedure usually takes two appointments. The first office visit will include making highly accurate molds that will be used to create a custom crown for you.
A temporary mold may be placed in your tooth while the permanent crown is being made. It will stay on for approximately two weeks, or until your new crown is done. The crown will be designed to fit your teeth perfectly. If you have teeth that are broken or are too worn, porcelain crowns may be the perfect choice for you.
Veneers are attached to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They are tooth-colored, thin shells that are usually made from either composite-resin or porcelain materials. They are permanently affixed, or bonded, to your teeth. A veneer is used to treat different cosmetic concerns, including discolored, broken, chipped, or smaller-than-average teeth. They are the permanent solution used to correct tooth imperfections.
Veneers can replace the damaged enamel and easily whiten your teeth, and are typically applied by grinding down the tooth structure. In some cases, some of the tooth material is removed past the enamel. This allows the veneers to be placed properly. The tooth reduction depends on the number of teeth involved and the dental concerns of the patient. A local anesthetic may be given before the procedure starts.
Difference Between Crowns and Veneers
The difference between veneers and crowns is that veneers are thinner and are designed to just cover the front of the tooth, whereas crowns are thicker and it covers the entirety of a tooth. For example, if you have a chipped tooth, a crown may be advised for you.
However, if the issue is something minor such as stained teeth, then veneers can be a good choice. You may get your teeth checked with us during a dental exam and we will help you decide which one would work better for you. The best option for you depends on the condition of your teeth.
While effective, the fact that crowns typically take two appointments can be problematic. At Singing River Dentistry, we can provide ceramic crowns in just one appointment with CEREC, which uses some of the latest, cutting edge dental technology.
We also offer dental bonding, which is a cosmetic procedure that is done to close gaps, repair chips, or change the shape and color of the tooth. A tooth-colored composite resin material is typically used in the process. It does not require anesthesia and multiple office visits for patients.
Unlike dental veneers and other cosmetic treatments, dental bonding can be reversed. It is cost-effective and is less expensive than other dental cosmetics.
During the procedure, a shade guide may be used to choose the color of composite resin to match your natural teeth. After that, the surface of the tooth will be roughened, and a liquid will be applied to allow the bonding agent to stick to your tooth. The composite resin will then be put over the liquid to shape or mold the tooth. An ultraviolet light will be used to harden the material.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Malocclusion happens when your teeth are misaligned, and it can lead to severe oral health complications if left untreated. The use of Invisalign clear aligners can help you fix this problem.
Aligners are a type of thin, clear tray that is custom-made to conform to your teeth. Unlike the conventional metal dental braces, clear dental aligners are actually removable. Patients can put them in or remove them by themselves.
Aligners have benefits that the usual metal braces do not offer. With aligners, brushing and flossing your teeth is easier since they are removed for cleaning. Food particles do not get stuck on them unlike with metal brackets. They also do not require frequent repairs. Lastly, clear aligners are transparent and people will not be able to tell that you are wearing them at all.
Invisalign is a type of thin clear aligner that is made from a flexible thermoplastic material. It is typically used to treat different types of biting issues, gaps, and crowded teeth. Our orthodontist will create a 3D image of your mouth and jaw, and then make a plan for moving your teeth into the right place.
Aligners apply pressure to your teeth and gradually shift them over time, moving them into their proper place. They are typically worn for 20 to 22 hours a day, only removed when eating or cleaning your teeth. We will discuss a wear schedule with you when you come in for an appointment for this treatment option.
Schedule a Cosmetic Service with Your Dentist in Madison, AL
Improving the appearance of your teeth can give you the confidence to smile in front of everyone without any worry. Here at Singing River Dentistry, we provide high quality dental cosmetics and services ranging from teeth whitening to clear aligners. Achieve that flawless beautiful smile with us today. For more information and to see if you are a candidate for any of our services, please feel free to contact us at 256 - 562 - 4001.