Your teeth perform some different tasks for you every day. Many of these tasks are functional, including biting, chewing, and controlling air flow when you speak. Another essential task of your teeth is to provide you with a beautiful smile that leaves a lasting, positive, impression. When your teeth look great, you have a great smile. This can also provide you with confidence. When your teeth are anything less than perfect, your smile is affected. This diminishes the impact of your smile, as well as your confidence. You may even smile less, which can send the wrong impression. At Fairmount Dental Center, we can help to restore the beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.
Even minor dental imperfections can affect the quality of your smile. Bonding is a procedure that can fix a variety of small issues. Issues bonding can fix to include such things as small chips or cracks in the enamel, small gaps between your teeth, teeth that are misshapen or shorter than the rest, and discoloration. We use a composite resin, which is made up of fine glass, plastic, and other materials. Composite resin blends in beautifully with the rest of your natural teeth. It is also able to withstand most normal daily wear and tear.
Your mouth has bacteria that live there naturally. These bacteria feed on the sugars that linger in your mouth after eating and drinking. As they eat, they produce harmful acids that can erode the tooth enamel if left too long. Eventually, cavities form. Fillings are designed to fill in the space created by the bacteria, restoring the health of your tooth. We offer tooth-colored fillings, which are made from composite resin. The material blends in with the rest of your tooth, making it ideal for cavities in visible teeth. This provides an alternative to traditional silver, or amalgam, fillings. Composite fillings also do not contain metals or mercury, both of which can be a concern to many dental patients.
The enamel of your teeth is a natural brilliant white. However, the enamel is subjected to many things that can dull the color of your teeth, dimming your smile. These may include darkly pigmented foods and drinks, smoking, medications, or age. While there are many of the counter whitening products available, these products often do not provide the desired results. We offer professional whitening services to give you back your bright white smile.
There are two types of professional whitening, chairside and take home trays. Chairside whitening is performed in our office and takes approximately an hour of your time. After cleaning your teeth, we apply the bleaching agent and shine a light on your teeth. When your treatment is complete, your teeth are noticeably several shades whiter. Take home trays, on the other hand, enable you to whiten at home. We provide you with custom-made trays, the whitening agent, and instructions on how to use the trays. Results often begin to show within a week.
Veneers are another solution available for minor dental imperfections. They are very thin, shell-like structures that cover the front portion of the damaged teeth. Veneers can be made from composite resin or porcelain, although porcelain is often preferred. This material mimics many of the natural qualities of enamel, including color and light reflection. They do require a small amount of enamel to be removed before placement, but veneers are stronger and can last longer than bonding.
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With cosmetic dentistry, we can help to give you back your beautiful, brilliant smile, as well as your confidence. Call Fairmount Dental Center today at (503) 967-0877 to learn more and schedule your consultation.