Most people would agree that one of the first things you notice about someone is their smile. Apart from being aesthetically appealing to others, having a beautiful smile has profound effects on your self-confidence as well. Our cosmetic dental patients tell us that enhancing their smiles was one of the best investments that they made in themselves because of the self-confidence they achieved.
You may think that cosmetic dentistry is only for people who have crooked teeth or have endured accidents or injuries, however, cosmetic dentistry is truly for everyone. Without a doubt, your smile is not the same as it was five or ten years ago. Your alignment may have changed, you may have some wear and tear, or you may have developed staining over the years.
No matter what the case, Dr. Cowdin and her team can restore your smile to its original beauty or enhance it to create the smile you’ve always wanted! Dr. Cowdin’s artistic talents translate well in offering a full range of cosmetic services for her patients.
Dental bonding, also known as composite bonding, consists of a highly aesthetic tooth colored bonding material used for minor dental corrections. In practice, dental bonding is commonly used to close small spaces between the front teeth, repair fractured or discolored teeth or to reshape teeth.
A dental crown (commonly called a “cap”) is needed when a tooth is badly decayed or fractured. In fact, crowns are proactively recommended for weakened teeth as a preventive measure. When a crown is placed on a weakened or fractured tooth, it provides the strength needed to be able to chew effectively without causing further damage to the tooth. The crown fits completely around and on top of the tooth, offering a weakened tooth the support it needs.
Veneers are really a wonderful advancement in porcelain dental technologies. The ability to correct cosmetic defects in teeth has never been easier. Patients with imperfect smiles used to go through life embarrassed by their lack of a beautiful smile. However, this has all changed.
When a tooth is lost, the jawbone where the tooth once was quickly begins to collapse. In order to keep growing and multiplying, bone cells require the stimulation of biting forces applied to the tooth roots during daily eating. Without this healthy stimulation or “exercise”, the bone simply disappears. This loss of bone is most noticeable immediately after the tooth is removed, but continues throughout your lifetime.
When it comes to teeth whitening there are many options, but your dentist is your best resource. Dr. Cowdin has multiple options to choose from to make sure you leave the office with a noticeably whiter and bright smile. Two of the most effective methods are the Boost! teeth whitening system and KoR teeth whitening system.
Bridges, sometimes called fixed bridges, literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are a very good solution if you are unable to have an implant. The bridge uses crowns on either side of the gap to anchor the replacement teeth into place. The replacement teeth are called pontics and are made of porcelain.