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Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures and Information

Oct 19, 2007
Wish your smile was straighter? Brighter? Do you have gaps, chipped, short or broken teeth? Maybe you just arent happy with your current smile and want to look fresher and younger.

Cosmetic Dentists offer a wide variety of procedures to help with your smile from teeth whitening to dentures to dental implants.

Teeth Whitening
Cosmetic dentists can treat discolored, stained or aging teeth with state of the art whitening. The treatment can be completed in just over an hour, or you can choose at-home treatments. Lighten discolorations caused by coffee, cigarettes, medication, or aging. You'll notice the difference immediately...and so will everyone else.

ZOOM!, as seen on ABCs Extreme Makeover, is safe and effective. It takes about 2 hours. The dentist will place a whitening, power-gel on your teeth, apply the activation light, and two-hours later youll have a smile 7-8 shades lighter that will sparkle.

Dentures
Your dentures or partials dont have to look like dentures. They dont have to feel like dentures either. Some dentists use NobelBiocare to ensure your partials and dentures are cosmetically pleasing as well as functional and comfortable.

Incorporate dental implants with an overdenture to ensure a great fit and ultimate comfort. Two implants can be used to anchor your denture. It is different from a conventional denture because it is permanently stabilized in the mouth.

In three easy steps, you can enjoy the comfort and beauty of your dentures:
1. Installing the implants The first step is installing dental implants to secure the overdenture. Only two implants are needed.
2. Attaching the overdenture The overdenture is securely fixed on top of the implants. They will be removable for cleaning and oral hygiene.
3. The beautiful result At last, theres no need to worry about a slipping, sliding or clicking denture. Youre free to enjoy life.

Porcelain Crowns
When the size of a "filling" exceeds a certain proportion of the tooth, it must be replaced with a "crown," which look and function just like natural teeth. The dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth has enough decay that it cannot hold a filling, or if your tooth is cracked or broken and in danger of cracking down into the root if left unattended. A crown covers your tooth completely. It fits snugly at the gum and protects what remains of the natural tooth.

Some dentists use porcelain crowns that look very natural and don't have a dark metal line at the gum. Porcelain crowns, when performed correctly using the latest materials and most up to date procedures are natural looking. The untrained eye can barely notice a different between a porcelain crown and your own natural tooth.

The dentist may also recommend a porcelain bridge be utilized to replace one or more teeth. These restorations are cemented onto the teeth and are referred to as "fixed" dentistry as opposed to a restoration of missing teeth with a removable appliance or partial denture. These are most commonly used to replace a missing tooth or teeth.

Tooth Colored Fillings
Replace old silver, mercury fillings with tooth colored fillings.

Dental Implants
Implants are bridges that are permanently anchored into the jaw. Because there is always a perfect fit, dental implants are almost the same as having your natural teeth back again. To qualify for implants, you'll need healthy oral tissues and jawbone ridges that are in good shape

If you are missing one or more teeth, you'll want replacements that are as natural as possible. If dentures don't work for you, you may consider dental implants. Unlike dentures, which can be removed, implants are permanently anchored into the jaw itself.
With implants, the dentist can give you a near perfect fit, and they will look and feel as good as (or better than!) your original teeth
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Dave Stringham is the President of LookingYourBest.com an online resource for plastic surgery procedures. Visit Brit Phillips DDS
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