Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
If you're tired of your lackluster smile, Dr. John M. Kelly in Bethesda, MD, offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures to help improve it. For instance, veneers are a popular choice to disguise discolorations, restore weakened teeth, and amplify your self-esteem. He can also recommend teeth whitening, dental bonding, or dental crowns based on your specific condition. If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, visit Bethesda Row Dental for a consultation to see which procedure is right for you.
Why Do I Need Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a broad assortment of services that focus on renovating the look and health of your teeth, gums, mouth, and smile as a whole. If your teeth have minimal or major imperfections, Dr. Kelly can recommend a procedure that makes teeth whiter, masks broken teeth, reshapes the ones that don't match the others, and repair chips and cracks. When you visit our Bethesda dental office, we can help you decide which cosmetic dentistry procedure could benefit you the most.
Which Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure Is Right for You
Common cosmetic dentistry procedures that can upgrade and protect your smile include:
- Veneers - made of porcelain, these beautiful restorations are affixed to the front of teeth to improve color, size, or shape
- Teeth whitening - if your pearly whites aren't so white, this procedure uses a safe and effective bleaching gel that can be applied in our office or the comfort of your home.
- Dental bonding - this tooth-colored resin material bonds to natural teeth to repair damage from chips, cracks, or discoloration. It is also utilized to correct bite misalignment.
- Dental crowns - usually crafted from porcelain material, this "cap" restores a weak tooth to its natural shape size and function.
Interested? Give Us a Call
For more information, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call our office in Bethesda, MD, by dialing (301) 657-3220.
Since the early Roman times, couples have prized the month of June as the most favorable time to exchange their marriage vows. If you and your betrothed are planning a June wedding this season, you no doubt want everything to be beautiful. That would include your smile—and with the appropriate techniques we can help you make it as bright and attractive as possible.
Here are 5 ways to a more attractive wedding day smile.
Dental Cleaning and Teeth Whitening. A routine dental cleaning right before the ceremony can remove stains and dental plaque that dull your teeth's appearance. For an added level of brightness, we can also whiten your teeth in time for your big day.
Repairing defects with bonding. Do you have a chipped tooth, or a broken or discolored filling? We may be able to repair minor defects like these in a single visit by bonding lifelike dental materials directly to the tooth. We color-match and sculpt these materials so that they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Advanced enhancements. In whatever ways your teeth may be flawed, there are dental solutions to transform your smile. We can correct minor to moderate chips, stains or slight gaps with porcelain veneers that cover the teeth's visible surface. We can cap a viable but unsightly tooth with a life-like crown. Missing teeth? A fixed bridge or dental implants could restore them like new.
Plastic gum surgery. Teeth may be the stars of your smile, but your gums are the supporting cast. Smiles with too much of the gums showing can be corrected through various techniques, including periodontal plastic surgery that reshapes the gums and can help the teeth appear more prominent.
Orthodontics. The original "smile transformer," braces and other orthodontic methods move misaligned teeth to better positions. Not only can orthodontic treatment result in a more attractive appearance, it can improve overall dental health.
You have an array of options for enhancing your wedding day smile, and we're more than happy to help you develop an individualized treatment plan. One caveat, though: some of these techniques could take weeks or months to complete, so don't delay!
If you would like more information about what you can do to have the most attractive smile for your wedding day, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”
Could you benefit from veneers by your Bethesda, MD, dentist, Dr. John Kelly?
Veneers are wafer-thin coverings that are placed on the teeth's surface to act as strong substitutes for tooth enamel. Veneers create a natural-looking surface when bonded to the surface of your teeth. Veneers, like natural tooth enamel, are tough and translucent, however, they do not stain like natural teeth.
More About Porcelain Veneers
Veneers beautify your smile by providing good tooth color, shape, and proper alignment. Veneers can improve any of the following characteristics:
Color: Teeth become stained by foods and drinks, smoking, chewing tobacco and aging.
Alignment & Spacing: Veneers can close small gaps between teeth and/or make minor adjustments to correct tooth alignment.
Size & Shape: Teeth become worn down from teeth grinding habits and naturally irregular-shaped teeth.
Dental Veneers Process
- First, visit Dr. John Kelly's Bethesda office to discuss what you don't like about your teeth discuss and whether veneers can solve the issue
- Once you and your doctor have agreed upon a plan, your dentist will remove small amounts of enamel off the surfaces of your teeth
- Next, your dentist will create a mold of your teeth and send it to a laboratory to create veneers
- You'll then receive a temporary set of veneers while your permanent set is being manufactured
- Finally, your permanent veneers are cemented onto your teeth.
Are veneers for everyone?
Veneers aren't always the answer. You may need other treatment options because veneers can't be used to:
- Correct severely misaligned teeth
- Close large dental gaps
- Extreme tooth decay and decay
- Severe trauma due to an accident or tooth grinding
If you are interested in a new smile with veneers, call your Bethesda, MD, dentist's office today to learn more at (301) 657-3220! With dental veneers, you can rejuvenate your smile and get to living your best life!
Has your smile changed over the years? Revitalizing your smile is easy when you choose porcelain veneers. Our Bethesda, MD, family dentist, Dr. John Kelly, explains how veneers can dramatically improve your smile.
Veneers offer excellent smile-changing capabilities
Veneers are just about as thick as a contact lens, yet they're incredibly effective at hiding a variety of imperfections in tooth enamel that affect your smile. Veneers can be created to match the shape of your tooth exactly or even change it. We'll make an impression of your teeth in our Bethesda office and send it to a laboratory that will create the porcelain restorations based on our instructions. In addition to its ability to withstand wear and tear, porcelain also closely resembles natural tooth enamel, making it an excellent material for veneers.
Before we make an impression, we'll prepare your tooth enamel to ensure a comfortable fit. Once your new veneers arrive, we'll attach them to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement.
Porcelain veneers are used to treat many types of cosmetic issues
You might benefit from veneers if you have:
- A Dull Smile: Wrinkles make you look older, but they aren't the only factor in your changing appearance. As you age your teeth become duller, which enhances the effects of aging. Teeth can also become dull or yellow if you smoke or eat or drink foods and beverages that stain teeth. Porcelain veneers offer a very effective, long-term teeth whitening solution and are resistant to food and beverage stains.
- Discolorations: Veneers hide discolorations that mar the appearance of your enamel. Whether your tooth has darkened due to an injury, large filling or an antibiotic you took years ago, veneers can restore the original color of your tooth.
- Chips and Cracks: Small chips and cracks may not affect the integrity of your teeth, but they certainly affect their appearance. Covering these minor imperfections with porcelain veneers is an excellent smile booster.
- Other Appearance Issues: Porcelain veneers are a good option if you have slight gaps between your teeth or don't like the shape or length of teeth.
Make over your smile with porcelain veneers. Call our Bethesda, MD, family dentist, Dr. Kelly, at (301) 657-3220 to schedule an appointment.
Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.
Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.
The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.
In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.
To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.
Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.
If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.
If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”