What is a smile makeover?

In a time when even average Joes and Janes often flash perfect Hollywood-style grins, people with less-than-stellar smiles may suffer from a lack of confidence. Fortunately, almost any unsatisfying smile can be enhanced or overhauled with amazing results. A cosmetic dentist can work wonders in crafting a smile makeover with even the most challenging of smiles.

The first step in a smile makeover is a consultation with our Hurst cosmetic dentist. This initial appointment gives the dentist an opportunity to examine the issues that need to be corrected and plan the proper approach that will help to achieve the patient’s goals.

A wide variety of techniques and devices can be used in a smile makeover. Your cosmetic dentist may incorporate dental implants, teeth whitening and veneers and use other strategies, even collaborating with other specialists, as part of your smile makeover.

In some cases, a missing tooth must be replaced as part of the upgrade. Dental implants offer the ideal solution for filling in a gap in the smile. It is nearly impossible to detect an implant from its biological neighbors, and as an added bonus, an implant stabilizes the jaw bone, too. This process helps to keep the remaining teeth in place.

Teeth whitening is another frequently used smile makeover component, ridding the teeth of stains or the yellowing that comes with age. Teeth whitening may be the only intervention needed in a smile makeover, or whitening may be the capstone of a more intensive effort.

Veneers are versatile tools that give cosmetic dentists a number of options. These devices, which are thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the top of the enamel, have multiple purposes. A veneer can conceal a crack or discoloration in a tooth. Gaps between the teeth can be bridged using veneers, and veneers can help to re-size an unusually small or misshapen tooth. Veneers can even instantly realign a slightly crooked stretch of teeth.

Of course, a smile makeover may also involve experts who specialize in certain areas of dentistry, such as oral surgery or orthodontics. Our cosmetic dentists can make referrals to such specialists and coordinate treatment with them.

The Importance of Preventive Dentistry

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Regular visits to our Colleyville dental office aren’t just important for your oral health. Routine dental exams go a long way to promote good health overall, as well.

During a trip to our dental office, you will first receive prophylaxis, which is an extensive professional cleaning by a dental hygienist. This cleaning clears away the plaque and tartar that remains in the mouth of even the most diligent brushers and flossers. It also helps to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay.

After the cleaning is complete, the dentist examines the teeth for signs of decay and the gums for symptoms of periodontal disease. When treated in their earliest stages, these conditions can be stopped before they cause more problems in the mouth. A cavity that goes unfilled, for example, may continue to grow until the entire tooth must be extracted.

Preventing periodontal disease is particularly important. When left to their own devices, the bacteria that attack the gums will eventually attack the bone and teeth as well, putting these oral structures at risk. Furthermore, the proteins that cause inflammation in the gums have been linked to other diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

The dentist also will look for indicators of oral cancer, which is also most treatable when identified in its early stages, during the exam.

Radiography, or x-rays, plays an important role in preventive dentistry, as well. The dentist will use radiography to look for cavities hidden in the spaces between the teeth. X-rays may also reveal problems in the jaw.

You may also have an opportunity to get additional services, such as tooth-strengthening fluoride treatments and education on oral health topics or smoking cessation, during a regular dental checkup.

Although they may not have the same effect of protecting the patient’s oral health, the aesthetic benefits of preventive dentistry appeal to patients, as well. Having your teeth cleaned every six months avoids unsightly plaque buildup.

It’s important to remember that preventive dentistry doesn’t stop at the dental office door. When you brush twice a day and floss daily and eat a healthy diet, you’re taking major steps to ward off dental problems.

Contact Anderson Dentistry at 817-485-2111 to schedule your next dental exam.

Transform your smile with dental veneers

Do you have a habit of covering up your teeth when you smile or laugh? Are you self-conscious about your grin? If you’re less than thrilled with the smile you see in the mirror every day, visit our cosmetic dental team at Anderson Dentistry to see how you can improve on the pearly whites that nature gave you.

Veneers can go a long way to help Colleyville patients get spectacular smiles. These thin tooth-shaped shells made of porcelain or resin can correct a number of issues with natural teeth. Veneers can hide a chip or crack in a tooth or fill in a space between the teeth. If you have a few teeth that are slightly misaligned, you may be able to turn to veneers to straighten them out rather than endure months of orthodontic treatment.

Misshapen or undersized teeth can be brought into the proper proportions using veneers. In some cases, veneers may even be placed simply to whiten and brighten the teeth.

Our cosmetic dentists place veneers in a multi-step process. After the initial assessment and planning, the dentist will remove a wafer-thin layer of enamel that equals the intended thickness of the veneers. This step ensures that the veneers will not protrude from the rest of the natural teeth.

After the teeth have been prepped for veneer placement, the dentist will take impressions. Those impressions are then sent to the dental laboratory tasked with crafting the devices according to the patient’s unique dental structures.

It takes about a week or two for the dental lab to create the veneers, which are then delivered to the dentist’s office. Patients do not need to wear devices while waiting for their veneers, but some choose to wear temporary veneers for that week or two.

When the veneers are ready, the dentist will hold them against the teeth to make sure that the shade and shape meet the patient’s expectations. The dentist can still make adjustments as needed before the veneers are permanently bonded to the tooth, which is the final step in the process.

The dentist will schedule follow-up appointments with veneers patients within the first few weeks after placement to ensure that patients are adjusting well to the devices.

Veneers are durable appliances, and when cared for properly, they can last a decade or longer.