Cosmetic dentistry combines both art and science to improve the overall look of your smile. People who are unhappy with their smiles are perfect to undergo any one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures to enhance their look and boost their self-esteem with a proud smile. They can address several cosmetic concerns of teeth, including discoloration, misalignment, and chips or gaps.
Thus, Dr. Healy and his staff can also utilize cosmetic dentistry to whiten teeth, close gaps between teeth, straighten crooked teeth, and repair damaged teeth. The most common cosmetic dentistry treatment options we offer are:
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your smile’s appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Porcelain veneers provide several cosmetic benefits. First, they are stain-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about your veneers losing their luster over the years. This is because they are made of high-quality porcelain. Secondly, porcelain veneers are custom-made for your smile. This means they fit snugly over your teeth, so you can feel confident while speaking or eating in public.
Porcelain Veneer Placement Procedure
A dental veneer treatment usually takes two or three visits. During your first visit to Dr. Healy, he will examine your teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken to check the health of the bone supporting the teeth. Dr. Healy may also take impressions of the teeth so your customized veneers can be made.
In the second visit, Dr. Healy will prepare the teeth for the veneers. This may involve trimming the teeth so the veneers will fit properly. Dr. Healy will roughen the surface of the teeth so the dental cement will adhere properly. Finally, he will apply the dental cement to the teeth and position the veneers. The veneers will be adjusted as needed to ensure a good fit.
The teeth typically become discolored from foods and beverages such as coffee, wine, and cola. Certain medications, like antihistamines and high blood pressure medications, can also cause teeth to become discolored. Teeth whitening is a chemical process that helps remove stains and discoloration from the enamel layer of the teeth. At our office, we offer take-home whitening kits with both custom and prefilled trays.
At-home teeth whitening products contain bleaching agents that eliminate stains by bleaching the surface of the teeth. The products are used daily for a specified period of time.
The kits are customized to fit the patient’s mouth, and they are used with a special whitening gel. The gel is placed on the trays and worn for 30 minutes a day for two weeks. The result is a bright, white smile. Because of the uniqueness of each mouth, custom trays provide the best option for at-home bleaching. Our dental team will take an impression of your teeth and craft a tray that will perfectly fit your mouth.
Prefilled trays are prefilled with a whitening gel. They are ready to use right out of the package. These trays fit quite snug and securely over the teeth.
To learn more about our dental services, you can schedule your appointment with our dentist by calling us at (801) 394-0808 or visiting us at 548 12th Street, Ogden, UT 84404. We will be happy to guide you further.