Cosmetic Dentistry

What's in a smile that makes this saying true? Having the confidence to display those "pearly whites" in any social situation or professional engagement. Being able to share in a joke without concern for how your teeth look. Feeling sure that you look your best.

It's easy to take a smile for granted, unless you're self-conscious about yours. In that case, you may spend more time and thought on hiding your smile than enjoying the moment. Natural imperfections, accidental damage, and food stains have always caused embarrassment and social anxiety. Don't dim your smile because of stained, chipped, or crooked teeth. With modern cosmetic dentistry, you can put those days behind you. Read about our cosmetic services below.

► Implants

Are missing teeth making your life miserable? Has it become difficult to eat your favorite foods, or are you embarrassed in social situations due to gaps in your smile? If so, dental implants may be able to help you and improve your quality of life. These restorations provide a permanent foundation to support new crowns, and even your existing dentures can be anchored to them to eliminate the need for messy adhesives. Dental implants can dramatically improve your health and confidence by allowing you to regain your beautiful and functional smile.

Understanding Dental Implants


Dental implants are small titanium posts that will be surgically placed into your jaw bone where you are missing teeth. These implants serve as anchors in order to act like the root for an artificial tooth. After placing the implants and giving the bone time to heal, the jaw bone will actually fuse to the implant, making it even stronger than a normal tooth. Once the implant has been allowed to heal, replacement teeth can then be secured to your implants.

While it is clear that dental implants can be beneficial in improving the function of your mouth, they have also been shown to benefit the existing bone of the jaw. Dental implants can actually prevent further bone loss.

Types of Artificial Teeth Available


When it comes to dental implants, crowns are usually chosen in order to replace a single tooth, and each prosthetic will attach to a singular implant. In other cases, a bridge may be used to replace multiple teeth, and it may require several implants in order to provide adequate support.

Full arch prosthetics could be used in order to replace all teeth in the lower or upper jaw. With this type of restoration, the total number of the implants used will depend on how much bone is available and other factors. An over denture may be able to attach to a bar, while a fixed prosthetic will be permanent and can only be removed by your dentist.

Dental Implant Candidates


If you are interested in dental implants, it is important to first see if you are a candidate. An evaluation with a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon is essential, and you may need to have a special radiograph taken to further examine your condition. We'll help to evaluate your unique, individual situation and explain your options.

The Surgical Procedure


Your dental needs are unique to you, so we offer individualized treatment plans for each patient. In some cases, bone grafting may be needed prior to placement of the implants, especially if there isn't enough bone available to properly support the restoration. If you have enough bone or your bone is reconstructed, the implants will be surgically put into place.

After the titanium posts have been implanted, you'll need to wait at least four months so that the bone can fuse to it. In some cases, the gum tissue may grow over the implants, so a procedure may be needed to uncover it before tooth replacement.

Temporary dentures may be available during this time, and after your permanent restorations are put into place, the implant itself will be entirely invisible. In total, the procedure will take 6-8 months, but most patients report minimal disruptions to their daily lives.

Surgical Benefits


In some cases, the implants won't need to be placed under the gum line. If this is your situation, a tiny healing cap can be secured over the top of the implant. These implants won't require another procedure in order to uncover them, but they will still need the entire four months of healing time prior to placing the artificial teeth. In certain situations, a non-restorable tooth could be removed so that the implant could be put into place right away.

Dental implants are complicated procedures, and they will require the skills and expertise of both your general dentist and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Our doctors will perform the actual implantation surgery along with extractions and bone grafting if needed. Your dentist will be responsible for fitting and creating the permanent teeth as well as making any temporary teeth that you might need to wear throughout the healing process.

Type of Anesthesia


Both the surgical implant placement and bone grafting can be performed in the office, and general or local anesthesia will be used to keep you comfortable.

Choosing Dental Implants


The more you learn about dental implants, the more you will likely come to realize that these restorations can completely change your life. When you lose multiple teeth, whether this is something you've dealt with for years or it is an entirely new situation, it can be difficult to coming to terms with this change. Dental implants can open the door to improved self-confidence, allowing you to restore your old eating and socialization habits without feeling self-conscious or worrying about your traditional dentures slipping out of place.

Caring for Your Implants


After your smile has been restored with dental implants, it is important that you keep up a good oral hygiene routine so that your mouth stays healthy. You'll need to floss and brush daily, and you should also follow up with your dentist for regular examinations and cleaning. With proper care, your implants could possibly last a life time, making it especially important that you follow your dentist's orders in order to protect your investment.

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► Invisalign®

Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn. Aligners are clear and look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made to fit better while moving teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as "contact lenses for teeth."

For years, orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances for limited treatment. Today, with the application of computer technology and custom manufacturing, Invisalign® treats a broader range of cases with greater precision.

Invisalign® uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan, from the initial position to the final desired position, from which a series of custom-made clear "aligners" are produced. Each "aligner" moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then is replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

Clear, Removable, and Comfortable


With Invisalign®, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment, because you can remove the trays. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene. Because there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation, you spend less time in the doctor's chair getting adjustments.

Invisalign® allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

Read about the other Cosmetic Dentistry services we offer:
ImplantsTraditional BracesLumineers®Composite BondingTeeth WhiteningInlays and Onlays


► Traditional Braces

There are a number of reasons why we might recommend that you consider orthodontic appliances, commonly known as braces, but vanity is not one of them.

A bad bite, called malocclusion, can result from an accident, a premature loss of teeth, a childhood habit of thumbsucking and more. It can also result from improper jaw alignment or teeth that are crowded, crooked, or protruding.

Possible side effects of malocculsion include:
•  Interference with speaking clearly
•  Difficulty in brushing and flossing thoroughly leading to infection and tooth loss
•  Incomplete chewing of food causing digestive problems
•  Abnormal wear to tooth enamel
•  Jaw trouble

On average, braces are worn for one to three years. Once the braces are removed, you may wear a retainer until the teeth are permanently in position. The designer braces of today can either diminish their own presence—with clear or tooth-colored brackets—or add some fun to your life with brackets shaped like hearts and footballs. In some cases, they can be attached to the back of your teeth or even be removable.

Orthodontic appliance advances have made braces more comfortable than they used to be and in need of fewer adjustments.

We know that braces are an additional expense to families and we offer flexible payments. If you think you or a member of your family is a candidate for braces, we encourage you to consult with us about treatment options and payment strategies.

Oral health is a lifetime investment. And having a great smile is a tremendous additional benefit.

Read about the other Cosmetic Dentistry services we offer:
ImplantsInvisalign®Lumineers®Composite BondingTeeth WhiteningInlays and Onlays


► Lumineers®

Not All Veneers Are the Same


Lumineers® are thinner than traditional veneers, which allows for minimally aggressive preparation, and the ability to maintain more of your natural, healthy tooth structure. The typical veneer preparation often calls for shots and anesthesia to prevent pain. With the reduced preparation of Lumineers®, there is often no pain or shots involved.

Typical veneers require unsightly acrylic temporaries between visits. Because Lumineers® only slightly alter the natural shape of your tooth, we are able to skip this step while you wait for your custom-made Lumineers®.

While many dental offices will be happy to apply veneers for you, Lumineers® require additional training that Thomas Young DDS has had. Be sure to call us first when considering veneers for a new smile.

Read about the other Cosmetic Dentistry services we offer:
ImplantsInvisalign®Traditional BracesComposite BondingTeeth WhiteningInlays and Onlays


► Composite Bonding

Bonding is a procedure in which we apply a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, shape it, allow it to harden and polish it. It can be used in certain situations where a tooth has been damaged or become stained. These are generally minor repairs, ones that can be resolved through this relatively inexpensive means rather than through a more costly dental procedure.

Here's How it Works


The dentist prepares the tooth surface so that the bonding material will adhere. Once that's been applied, the dentist will shape it so that it has a natural appearance. Then the material is allowed to harden, usually with the help of a light. Finally, the composite is polished and buffed so that the surface is smooth.

This is not a process that is recommended if you are a smoker as smoke causes staining. Also, the material is not as durable as porcelain veneers and crowns so it chips more easily; eventually it may require replacing.

Bonding is a perfectly adequate and more affordable solution to certain dental problems. Dental bonding can take less time to accomplish and may not even require anesthesia. Depending upon the issue, insurance may cover it.

Please don't procrastinate if you have a dental problem but are worried about the time, cost or pain involved. Perhaps dental bonding can offer you a solution. Give us a call at (817) 741-4567 so we can discuss options with you.

Read about the other Cosmetic Dentistry services we offer:
ImplantsInvisalign®Traditional BracesLumineers®Teeth WhiteningInlays and Onlays


► Whitening

Whitening the teeth is one of the easiest and most noticeable changes that you can make to improve the appearance of your smile. Whitening, or bleaching, is a non-invasive and simple dental treatment that will alter the color of your tooth enamel to make your smile look whiter and brighter.

For many people, dull or stained teeth are the primary concerns that they have about their smile. At-home teeth whitening systems are the most popular method for correcting this problem. However, if you have older fillings, crowns, and other restorations, you need to be aware that these whitening systems will only work to improve the appearance of the natural tooth enamel, so you won't notice any changes on these restorations. It is recommended that you have these restorations replaced after bleaching your teeth so that they match the new and improved color of the rest of your smile.

Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth


There are numerous reasons why you might choose to whiten your teeth:
•  Brown or yellow stains due to smoking or your diet
•  Discoloration due to fluorosis (too much fluoride during the development of the teeth)
•  Stains due to certain medications
•  Normal wear of the enamel

The Teeth Whitening Process


If you choose to whiten your teeth with a home whitening system, you will generally need two dental appointments. At your first visit, your dentist will take molds of your teeth to create customized plastic trays to hold the whitening solution.

After your trays have been fabricated, you'll be set up for a second appointment in which you'll ensure they fit properly. You'll receive instructions on how to wear the trays for optimal results. In most cases, this will involve wearing them either overnight or twice per day for several weeks.

Caring for Your Whitened Teeth


When whitening your teeth, it is completely normal to experience sensitivity. Fortunately, this discomfort should stop once you have finished with your bleaching treatment, but if it doesn't, sensitivity toothpaste can help with the symptoms.

It is important to remember that teeth whitening isn't a permanent procedure, so to get the most out of your results, you should be sure to avoid foods and beverages that could stain your smile, including wine, tea, soda, and coffee. If you are a smoker, you should also consider giving up the habit. Additionally, you will likely need an annual touch-up in order to maintain your beautiful, white smile.

Read about the other Cosmetic Dentistry services we offer:
ImplantsInvisalign®Traditional BracesLumineers®Composite BondingInlays and Onlays


► Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are used to restore portions of the tooth, or to strengthen a tooth. They are alternatives to using fillings or a crown to restore the integrity of the tooth.

Inlays


When there is only partial damage to your tooth, an inlay can be bonded inside the remaining tooth structure. Traditionally, gold is the material of choice for this type of restoration, and although this is available, most of our dental patients prefer the more natural look that ceramic provides.

Onlays


Onlays are used to restore a portion of the biting cusp of a tooth or to restore the strength of a tooth. Instead of removing healthy tooth structure for a crown placement, an onlay can be used as a more conservative restoration.

Sometimes onlays are referred to as "inside crowns." That is a good description, as it describes the strengthening process that an onlay creates for the tooth. At EQ Dental, we prefer to do onlays when possible to lessen the amount of healthy tooth removed, compared to traditional crowns. Research has shown that the less you reduce a tooth, the better it will survive long-term, and our goal is to provide you with healthy teeth for life.

Read about the other Cosmetic Dentistry services we offer:
ImplantsInvisalign®Traditional BracesLumineers®Composite BondingTeeth Whitening


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