Do some aesthetic flaws in your smile trouble you? A gap between your two front teeth, yellowed tooth enamel, or mild crookedness may seem like small things, but to those of us who have less than perfect smiles, the defects seem huge. Over the past 30 years, cosmetic dentistry in Westminster, CO, and across the country has gained popularity because it dramatically changes smiles and personal outlooks. That's why Dr. Alexander Smith, at The Family Dentist, includes a long menu of aesthetic treatments in his modern dental practice.
The smile makeover
It starts with healthy teeth and gums. That means no tooth decay, extensive restorations or gum disease. With that good baseline established, Dr. Smith can examine your smile from an artistic standpoint. What changes would improve that all-important first impression? In what ways would you like your smile to be enhanced? What goals are realistic and age-appropriate?
Additionally, his complete examination, X-rays, intraoral photos and other sophisticated types of imaging tell him what's best for your smile in the long run. For instance, porcelain veneers provide a longer-lasting repair of chips and cracks than does composite resin bonding. However, veneers also require significant enamel reduction while bonding does not. So your Westminster, CO, cosmetic dentist lends his extensive expertise to making the best possible recommendations for your unique needs and preferences.
Menu of services
Some smile makeovers involve just one kind of treatment--professional teeth whitening, for example. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that whitening is by far today's most popular aesthetic treatment. Other makeovers combine services to arrive at the best oral function and appearance for the particular patient.
At The Family Dentist, Dr. Smith and his dedicated team offer the following cosmetic dental services:
- Composite resin bonding. This application of a tooth-colored mixture of acrylic and glass repairs small chips, hairline cracks, gaps and mild overcrowding. Bonded right to existing tooth enamel, the resin is smoothed and polished, creating a repair that's impossible to detect and yet is very durable.
- Porcelain veneers. These tooth-shaped shells of fine ceramic custom-cover the front of teeth which have more extensive flaws. Large chips and dark stains which don't respond to whitening procedures are common examples.
- Professional teeth whitening. Done at the office or at home, whitening improves tooth color by as much as 8 to 10 shades. The process is fully supervised, safe, effective and a much better choice than over the counter whitening products.
- Dental contouring. Dr. Smith uses handheld tools and fine sandpaper to even out tooth shape, cracks, pits and more. This comfortable, inexpensive process takes just one appointment.
How can your smile improve?
Find out by contacting The Family Dentist in Westminster, CO. Dr. Smith offers cosmetic dentistry at its finest, and you'll love the results. Call today: (303) 427-8690.
Big changes in your appearance don't have to involve extensive or time-consuming dental work. Dental veneers offer a simple way to revitalize your smile. Westminster, CO, dentist Dr. Alexander Smith explains how veneers can transform your smile.
Veneers cover common flaws
Veneers are tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain that are just about as thick as a contact lens. When they're applied to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement, they make imperfections in your tooth enamel disappear. Before you can receive your veneers, a tiny amount of tooth enamel must be removed in our Westminster office. A local anesthetic may be used during this step in the process, although so little enamel is removed that you might not need it. After the enamel is removed, an impression of your teeth will be made. The impression will be used by dental lab technicians who will create your new porcelain veneers.
Veneers are an excellent choice if you have visible chips or cracks in teeth. Although these problems may not threaten the integrity of your teeth, they can be unsightly. Applying a veneer or two conceals flaws and offers a dramatic smile transformation. Veneers can also be used to conceal discolorations caused by trauma to a tooth, tetracycline use, large fillings or root canal therapy. Is the surface of a tooth pitted, bumpy or uneven? Adding a veneer keeps those imperfections hidden away.
Changing the shape or length of a tooth is easy with veneers
Does one of your teeth look a little odd? Sometimes, the rest of your teeth can be perfectly straight, while one tooth is a little crooked or twisted. Because the problem only affects one or two teeth, there's no need for orthodontic treatment, but that doesn't mean that the problem can't be corrected. Your new veneer will ensure that the tooth matches the shape of surrounding teeth.
Veneers also extend the length of short teeth. When your permanent teeth first appeared, you may have noticed that one tooth was shorter than others, but assumed that there was nothing you could do to correct the flaw. Short teeth can also occur if you grind your teeth at night. Thanks to veneers, a noticeably short tooth will no longer be an issue.
Are you ready to find out if veneers are a good option for you? Call Westminster, CO, dentist Dr. Alexander Smith at (303) 427-8690 to schedule an appointment.
Let’s find out the many ways our dentist could enhance your smile for the better.
Being disappointed or unhappy with your smile doesn’t have to be the norm. There are so many ways that our Westminster, CO, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Alexander Smith, can help you get the results you want, whether you are looking for a minor refreshing treatment or full makeover. Find out the many dental options at your disposal.
Never ignore the importance of preventive dental care, as it can protect your smile from decay and gum disease better than anything else. By coming in every six months for cleanings and exams we can often catch issues before they happen. We can also offer children, teens and at-risk adults with other preventive options like dental sealants and fluoride treatment to protect against decay.
Most people aren’t born with a perfect smile; they often have to turn to our Westminster, CO, dentist for a little help in that department. That’s okay. We are here to ensure that you get the smile you’ve always wanted, whether through simple procedures like teeth whitening or dental bonding, or more elaborate options like porcelain veneers and dental implants.
While cosmetic dentistry can certainly improve the overall appearance of your smile it doesn’t often offer much past cosmetic enhancements. If you are dealing with issues like a cracked tooth or missing teeth, then you may have problems with how your smile functions. If this is the case, we will help you decide on the proper way to restore your smile, whether through dental bridges, crowns or implants.
If crooked, misaligned teeth have you down then it’s time to talk to us about ways to get that straighter smile. Traditional braces can be a great option for a child or teen who is dealing with more serious misalignments. Or, if you are an adult looking to get a straighter smile, we also offer more discreet options that will make wearing braces so much easier.
Do any of the dental treatment options above interest you? Want to find out if you are a good candidate? The Family Dentist in Westminster, CO, has your back. Call us today to book an initial consultation and let’s get you one step closer to your dream smile.
How dental implants from your Westminster, Colorado dentist can restore your smile
Not everyone gets to keep their natural teeth forever. Fortunately, there is a procedure that can restore your smile to greatness and fill in the gaps where you are missing teeth. It’s time for you to discover the high-tech way to give you back your smile, dental implants! Dr. Alexander Smith at The Family Dentist in Westminster, Colorado wants to share how dental implants can restore the gaps between your teeth.
When you have missing teeth, it negatively affects the beauty of your smile, which also dramatically affects your self-esteem. Missing teeth also decrease your ability to chew the foods you love. A complete, whole smile is healthy and beautiful.
Dental implants are the most natural-looking method of tooth replacement available. They have many other advantages when compared to conventional tooth replacement methods like dentures, partials or bridgework. Consider that dental implants are:
- Cosmetically beautiful, because dental implant crowns are made of high-tech dental ceramic which reflects light just like your natural teeth
- Completely stable, because they are embedded in bone and don’t move around, unlike partials and dentures
- Healthy, because you brush and floss dental implants just like normal teeth
- Conservative, because your dentist treats only the implant area, not the teeth around the implant, unlike dental bridgework
When you choose dental implants, you have chosen the most successful surgical implant, with a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
If you want to restore the gaps between your teeth, it’s time to consider dental implants. Why settle for old-school methods of tooth replacement when you can have state-of-the-art dental implants? For more information about dental implants, call Dr. Alexander Smith at The Family Dentist in Westminster, Colorado. Get started restoring your smile by calling today!
Have you heard all the hype about charcoal toothpaste and wondered if it's true? Dr. Alexander Smith, your Westminster, CO dentist, shares information that will help you decide if the toothpaste is a good option for you.
Why use activated charcoal toothpaste?
Activated charcoal, a substance used to treat gastrointestinal problems and snake bites, can also whiten teeth and may decrease your cavity risk by changing the pH level of your mouth. Heating the charcoal activates it, which helps prevent the absorption of toxins when you use it. You can buy charcoal powder and sprinkle it over your toothbrush before wetting it or buy toothpaste that contains charcoal. The charcoal binds to coffee, tea, wine and other types of surface stains, eliminating discoloration.
Does using activated charcoal toothpaste have any disadvantages?
Because charcoal powder is abrasive, it may erode your tooth enamel. Unfortunately, once your tooth enamel is gone, there's no way to restore it naturally. If you do experience erosion problems, your teeth may start to look duller, not brighter, due to the exposure of the darker dentin layer of your teeth. Erosion can also increase your risk of tooth decay.
Using activated charcoal may also cause tooth or gum sensitivity for some people. It's a good idea to avoid the toothpaste or powder if you already have sensitivity. Charcoal may discolor veneers, crowns, bridges, composite resin fillings or other dental restorations. Check with your dentist before using the toothpaste if you're concerned about your restorations.
Is there another option with your Westminster dentist?
Professional teeth whitening treatment can whiten your teeth without damaging your teeth or gums. During in-office treatments, your dentist applies a special gel to your teeth and roots to protect them, uses retractors to pull your lips and cheeks from your teeth, and brushes a hydrogen peroxide solution on to your teeth. In just an hour, you'll experience impressive results without harming your enamel.
Protect your smile by avoiding abrasive toothpastes that can damage your enamel. If it's time for your next appointment or you would like to try professional whitening, call Dr. Smith, your Westminster, CO dentist, at (303) 427-8690 to schedule an appointment.
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