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Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry will give you healthy, radiant teeth. It is one of the most a cost-effective ways to improve confidence and make you want to share your smile.

With state-of-the-art materials, and tested, trusted dental techniques, cosmetic dentistry improves appearance and enhances self-esteem. Composite fillings have replaced traditional silver colored amalgams, while gold has given way to porcelain in the creation of bridges. Other techniques like teeth whitening and veneers can improve the color and/or shape of your natural smile.

Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening, as the name implies, is a process for making your smile brighter and more attractive. The many methods of teeth whitening vary widely in application time, effectiveness, cost, and probability of tooth sensitivity.

For the convenience of whitening while you sleep we recommend NiteWhite ACP. It is the first take-home whitener to combine amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), potassium nitrate and fluoride for enhanced whitening results. This unique formula is clinically proven to rebuild enamel, add luster and reduce fadeback.

Cosmetic Bonding
Cosmetic bonding rebuilds chips and fills in gaps with a resin that can be colored to blend with the surrounding teeth. The bonding adheres directly to the surface of the tooth and is hardened in place with bright ultraviolet light. Cosmetic bonding is an attractive option because it:

• is cost effective
• looks natural
• improves tooth shape

Cosmetic bonding may require replacement due to wear and gradual discoloration over time. For this reason some patients prefer more permanent solutions such as crowns, bridges, and porcelain veneers.

Crowns
Crowns, or 'caps', are used for restoring severely decayed or fractured teeth. First, the damaged portion of the tooth is removed. Then, a unique mold is taken and used to manufacture a crown out of gold or porcelain to fit the healthy tooth remains almost perfectly. The crown is then fixed into place with special cement. Crowns provide the following benefits:

• They restore the tooth's original shape and size
• They help prevent decay from forming on the underlying tooth
• They add strength to the tooth's structure
• They are very durable

Crowns help prevent the need for root canals and tooth extraction by reducing the risk of tooth fracture and tooth decay.

Bridges
Bridges serve to replace one or more missing teeth. First, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared to receive crowns. Then, a false tooth is attached between the two crowns. Once the crown-false tooth-crown combination is cemented into place, it 'bridges' the gap left by the missing tooth. Bridges offer several benefits:

• They look like new teeth
• They are a permanent, durable mouth fixture
• They prevent surrounding teeth from shifting to fill the gap
• They restore a more natural bite and chewing ability

For these reasons, bridges are a good investment compared to dentures. If a bridge is not possible, dental implants may be the best alternative.

Veneers
Veneers are custom crafted porcelain laminates fitted over the front of an existing tooth. They bond directly to the front of the tooth, dramatically enhancing its shape, color, and appearance. Veneers are:

• Virtually undetectable
• Very durable
• An effective way to improve smile appearance
 

April: National Facial Protection Month
Your mother may have said it and it's still true: once you've gotten your adult teeth, you don't get any more. So take good care of them.

Kids don't think about the lifetime of oral health issues they could incur by not using adequate mouth and facial protection while playing in sports. So, we have to do their thinking for them: coaches, parents, league organizers, schools, and recreation programs. A chief aim of National Facial Protection Month is to raise awareness nationwide of the need for sport safety.

According to Dr. Robert Bray, president of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), "As experts in helping patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile, the last thing my colleagues and I want to see is a smile ruined by a preventable injury."

Thankfully, many high-profile athletes are becoming public advocates for facial protections. Football hero Emmitt Smith is one, helping kids see that wearing a mouth guard is cool rather than weird. And the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) serves coaches, officials, administrators, parents, league directors and youngsters. NAYS advocates for safety through its 3,000 community programs in parks and recreation departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA and YWCA groups and more.

The AAO indicates that 80% of all sports-related emergency room visits occur in children ages 5 to 14. Don't let your child become part of that statistic. If worn properly and routinely, inexpensive mouth guards, helmets, protective eyewear, and face shields greatly reduce the risk of injury.



 
 

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