Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
At Countryside Dental in Cincinnati, OH, your dentist, Dr. Janette Williams, uses specialized computer software to create custom Invisalign aligners that will straighten your teeth comfortably and discreetly.
These transparent aligners are great for adults and teenagers who are looking for a hassle-free way of improving their smile.
To begin treatment, your Cincinnati, OH, dentist orders a series of custom aligner trays. Each pair of aligners in this set needs to be worn for two-to-three weeks before being exchanged for the next one in the series. On a daily basis, you'll need to wear the clear aligners 20 to 22 hours per day.
You can take these clear braces off when brushing and flossing your teeth or when cleaning the aligners themselves. You can also take the braces off during special events, like weddings, job interviews, or any other casual party, but that's unnecessary since no one can see them.
The clear plastic aligners are made of polyurethane plastic, which means they're flexible and great for straightening teeth discreetly. They also provide several other advantages:
- They don't hinder you from having a healthy oral regimen because Invisalign is a removable appliance.
- You can eat whatever you want while undergoing treatment.
- You'll clean your teeth more thoroughly than if you had traditional metal braces.
- Invisalign clear aligners are thin and flexible, so they don't irritate the soft tissue in your mouth.
- The transparent braces are discreet and used to protect teeth from bruxism (i.e. teeth-grinding).
To take care of your Invisalign aligners, simply:
- Remove braces while eating
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss your teeth every night
- Use fluoride-containing products
If you are interested in knowing whether or not you're a candidate for clear aligner braces, please call your Cincinnati, OH, dental office today at (513) 793-5703!
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”
Let cosmetic dentistry help you feel more confident in your smile.
No matter whether you want to make subtle alterations to your smile or you want a serious cosmetic makeover, our Cincinnati cosmetic dentist Dr. Janette Williams has a plethora of options to cater to your specific needs and goals. If you want to say goodbye to that awkward gap between your front teeth, lengthen your teeth, fix uneven gums or brighten teeth and remove stains then you’ve come to the right place.
As you might imagine, the purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to be able to enhance and boost the appearance of your smile. There are many ways in which to do this and cosmetic dentistry can help you find self-confidence in your appearance. Our Cincinnati dentist understands just how important it is to have a healthy-looking smile and our goal is to help you achieve that even if you weren’t born with the perfect smile.
Some popular cosmetic dentistry options include:
- Dental bonding
- Tooth and/or gum reshaping
- Teeth whitening
- Dental veneers
If you are looking for fast, easy and inexpensive ways to boost your appearance then turn to dental bonding, tooth reshaping or teeth whitening. Of course, if you are dealing with more significant cosmetic imperfections then dental veneers may offer you the makeover you’ve been looking for.
What is dental bonding?
This simple cosmetic technique uses a tooth-colored resin that is molded over a tooth to hide one or more small flaws. While bonding shouldn’t be used for more extensive cosmetic issues it can be a great way to close small gaps between teeth, lengthen teeth, cover discolorations and hide small chips and cracks.
What is tooth reshaping?
This treatment often goes hand in hand with dental bonding; so don’t be surprised if our dentist recommends getting both. Reshaping require us to shave off small amounts of enamel to alter the size or shape of a tooth. While it won’t make drastic changes it can be enough to even out your smile.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most effective ways to not only remove surface stains but also brighten the color of your teeth. In-office whitening can get your teeth several shades whiter in about one hour. Of course, if you prefer, you can also use our at-home whitening system, which can give you results in just a couple of weeks of daily use.
What are dental veneers?
If you have more significant or widespread cosmetic flaws then thin porcelain shells might be the best option. These custom-made restorations are designed to cover the front surface of one or more teeth to give you an overall new and improved smile. Getting a straighter, whiter and more even smile has never been easier.
Are you ready to sit down and chat with our very own Dr. Williams about cosmetic dentistry and how it can improve your smile? We’re happy you’re ready to take the next step. Call Montgomery Dental Care in Cincinnati, OH, today to schedule a consultation with us.
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Do you have small smile gaps, a chipped tooth or mild crookedness? Then, composite resin bonding and cosmetic contouring may be just what your smile needs. Your family dentist in Cincinnati, Dr. Janette Williams, offers both aesthetic services to give healthy teeth the aesthetic boost they need. And, the process happens in just one simple visit to Montgomery Dental Care.
It starts with an examination
A simple dental exam will tell Dr. Williams if your teeth are healthy enough for cosmetic dental enhancements. If they are free from decay and gum disease, she may recommend one or more kinds of treatments depending on your specific aesthetic goals.
If you wish to repair minor flaws in tooth shape, size, and alignment, then composite resin bonding and cosmetic contouring may be for you. In addition to bonding and contouring, Dr. Williams offers:
- Porcelain veneers
- Professional teeth whitening
- Invisalign clear adult braces
- Porcelain crowns
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Dental implants
- Crowns and bridgework
How bonding and contouring work
Composite resin bonding uses a natural-looking material made of acrylic and glass. It can fill in chips, pits, small gaps, and other dental flaws and also can smooth mildly overcrowded teeth.
To start the bonding process, Dr. Williams prepares the surface of the tooth with a mild etching liquid which also conditions the enamel, allowing the composite resin to adhere well. Then, she adds the resin to the tooth, shaping and sculpting the material to achieve the desired effect. Your Cincinnati family dentist makes sure the resin perfectly matches the natural tooth structure.
The bond is strengthened with a special curing light, and Dr. Williams buffs the new surfaces to a polished sheen. This entire process takes about a half an hour per tooth and results in a beautiful, durable enhancement of select teeth.
Regarding contouring, Dr. Williams quickly reshapes oddly shaped teeth, small chips or other minor flaws. The procedure is painless because the doctor only removes a small amount of enamel. This resurfacing, however, is permanent. That's why the initial examination of your teeth and gums is so important before you undergo any cosmetic treatment.
How do want your smile to look?
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile actually helps project your personality. You can be proud to show it off it if you get some minor aesthetic enhancements. Why not contact Montgomery Dental Care to arrange a consultation with Dr. Janette Williams? Her years of experience and expertise will help you achieve your very best smile. Call today: (513) 793-5703.