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Discover the many ways cosmetic dentistry can bolster your oral health.
Do you feel like your smile doesn’t improve your appearance but may, in fact, hamper it? Do you feel self-conscious about the way your smile looks because you have cosmetic flaws that stand out? If so, our Springville, UT, dentists, Dr. Stephen Pratt and Dr. Samuel Clyde, offer a wide range of cosmetic options, from simple tweaks to full-on makeovers, to help you achieve the smile you want quickly and easily.
Here are just some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments that are guaranteed to give you a new and improved smile:
Who says that in order to improve your smile you have to go through invasive or time-consuming dental treatments? Dental bonding is a fast and simple way to hide minor gaps between teeth, as well as discolorations, chips, and cracks. During bonding, our Springville, UT, cosmetic dentist will apply a tooth-colored putty material over these small imperfections to cover them. Once the resin has been shaped, we will harden it into place with a dental laser. Bonding won’t be able to handle more serious flaws, but smaller issues can be tackled with this non-invasive dental procedure.
This is by far the most popular cosmetic treatment because it offers patients a fast, effective, and easy way to get a visibly whiter smile in just one hour. Professional in-office whitening uses a highly concentrated bleaching gel that is able to target and break up stubborn stain molecules within the enamel and dentin layers to instantly brighten your smile. If you have yellow teeth due to age or from consuming certain foods or drinks, then teeth whitening might be what you need to get your smile back on track!
Do you find yourself admiring the smiles of some of your favorite television and movie stars? If so, chances are good that some of them have those perfect smiles thanks to dental veneers. These very thin tooth-colored shells are made from porcelain, which mimics the look of real tooth enamel. These shells are custom-made to cover the front surface of your tooth to hide imperfections while also improving the overall shape and alignment of your smile.
Are you ready to find out which cosmetic dentistry treatment will give you the results you crave? If so, call Hobble Creek Dental Care in Springville today to schedule your consultation. Let us give you a smile to feel proud of! (801) 489-4541
So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?
Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!
Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.
If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.
If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.
A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.
Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”
Has your tooth been cracked or chipped, leaving an uneven look to your smile? Considering the best smiles always involve aligned teeth, this can have a negative impact on your confidence whenever you're around others.
At Hobble Creek Dental Care, patients with chips and cracks in their teeth can have their smile completely restored with a number of dental techniques. Among them is dental bonding, which uses tooth-colored materials to hide minor visible dental defects, while porcelain veneers also offer a solution to a more cosmetically appealing smile.
The dentists at Hobble Creek Dental Care frequently choose bonding to repair patients' cracked teeth and cover up any gaps left behind in their smile. Bonding materials include composite resins, which are made from plastic and glass materials because they provide optimal strength and translucency that are very realistic next to your natural teeth.
These materials are literally bonded with the remaining tooth, hence the name, providing full revival to an otherwise broken smile. Unlike dental veneers, bonding doesn't require a dental laboratory and a long multi-step process before it's finally attached to patients' teeth.
A dental veneer is an ultra-thin, super-strong porcelain covering that goes over the front surface of your natural tooth. Essentially, it acts as an enhanced, more beautiful version of your natural tooth enamel. Because porcelain veneers are strong, translucent, and totally realistic, they can also be bonded onto your teeth to cover up larger chips and cracks.
Plus, recent dental technologies have made it so that porcelain veneers can be made so thin that dentists won't need to scrape off a thin layer of your natural tooth enamel first, a common task that was necessary before veneer placement in the past. Veneers also have a longer life expectancy than bonding.
Cracked or chipped teeth can also be covered up with restorative dental procedures like dental crowns though you should speak with your dentist about the procedure he or she thinks would work best for your dental situation.
For more information on what to do if you have chips or cracks in your smile, give the dentists at Hobble Creek Dental Care a call today at (801) 489-4541 for lasting dental relief right here in Springville, UT!
Do you have broken, chipped, or discolored teeth? Maybe you have a front tooth that's slightly misshapen and you've always wished it matched the rest. If so, cosmetic bonding may be an option to consider.
What is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dentistry process that uses a tooth colored composite resin applied to the natural tooth to change its shape. It can be used to add to a chipped tooth, reshape a tooth, or help restore a decayed tooth. The composite resin bonds to the tooth for a long-lasting, beautiful finish.
What is the Process?
Unlike dental veneers, which need to be constructed in a laboratory, dental bonding can be completed right in your dentist's office, often in as little as a half hour. The tooth that will be bonded needs to be cleaned and prepared for the bonding material. Once the tooth is ready, your dentist will paint the bonding material onto the tooth to create the desired shape and size. Then they will use a curing light to harden the layers and then shape the tooth to the desired form. Once it looks and feels right for your mouth, the tooth will be polished.
How Long Will it Last?
Cosmetic bonding can last for several years, though perhaps not as long as porcelain veneers. Bonding is subject to staining just the same as your normal teeth, so extra care should be taken to avoid red wine, coffee, smoking, and anything else that could stain your investment. You should always avoid using your teeth as a tool such as for opening packages or biting into hard objects. Chewing on your nails may even damage the bonding material. But with proper care, your bonded teeth could last a decade.
Cosmetic bonding can help mend the smile of adults, teenagers, and children alike. Hobble Creek Dental Care in Springville, Utah offers dental bonding in as little as one visit. To find out if dental bonding is right for you, schedule a consultation with your dentist today.