Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
The mark of a great dental restoration is that you can’t see it. It’s there in plain sight, but others observing your new and improved smile can’t tell the difference between the restoration and your natural teeth. Everything looks, well, natural.
That’s the great advantage of dental porcelain. A dental technician with technical skill and artistic flair can form this inorganic, ceramic material into a life-like replica of your tooth, with a shape and color that blends in with the rest of your teeth. And because of its strength properties, porcelain restorations can hold up to the normal chewing and biting forces in your mouth, as long as you use prudence when biting down on hard substances.
Porcelain is also highly adaptable to different kinds of restorations. For natural teeth still viable but no longer attractive, porcelain can be the main ingredient in two very popular and effective restorations, the veneer and the crown. Although the porcelain material is the same for both, their construction and application are quite different.
Veneers are very thin laminated layers of dental porcelain custom-colored and shaped for bonding to the outer visible portion of a tooth. They’re a great solution for relatively decay-free teeth that have minor to moderate defects like chipping, slight misalignment or heavy staining. They often require some permanent removal of tooth enamel to ensure their appearance isn’t too bulky, but causes minimal impact to the tooth.
Crowns, on the other hand, are complete tooth replicas that are bonded in place over an existing tooth like a cap. They’re a good choice for teeth in which the root and inner layers are still viable, but the tooth has been significantly damaged by decay or trauma. They’re also useful as a protective cover for teeth that have undergone root canal treatment. But unlike the minimal impact of veneers, crowns require significant tooth alterations to accommodate them.
In either case, though, the end result is much the same: both crowns and veneers can be fashioned to precisely mimic the shape, color and texture of natural teeth. In skillful hands, these porcelain restorations can transform your smile for the better and no one but you and your dentist will ever need to know.
If you would like more information on porcelain restorations, 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 “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
How tooth colored fillings from your dentist in Raleigh, North Carolina can help your smile.
Have you heard about tooth-colored fillings? Chances are you have friends with tooth-colored fillings and you didn’t even know. That’s because they are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The materials blend perfectly with your smile. Dr. Ashley Lloyd in Raleigh, North Carolina can show you how tooth-colored fillings can restore your smile.
Tooth colored fillings can fill in cavities created by tooth decay, dental trauma, enamel defects, and other causes. The filling material is cemented to your tooth, creating a strong, stress-resistant bond. In fact, tooth colored fillings bind your tooth together, helping to evenly distribute biting stress across your tooth.
Strength isn’t the only benefit of tooth-colored fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are beautiful and can be matched perfectly to the size and color of your existing teeth. That’s because tooth colored fillings use composite, a unique liquid resin material that can be sculpted into a cavity and contoured perfectly to the shape of your tooth. The liquid material is then hardened using a dental light and then polished to a brilliant shine. The result is a virtually invisible filling.
Tooth-colored fillings are a great way to restore damaged teeth, and also enhance the look of your teeth cosmetically. If you are like many people and don’t have dental insurance, don’t worry. Dr. Lloyd offers a special discount program that allows you to get needed dental work completed without breaking your budget. To view program details please visit this link: http://www.drashleylloyd.com/no-insurance---no-problem.html
If you need fillings, or you have cosmetic issues with your smile, you owe it to yourself to consider tooth-colored fillings. You want people to notice your smile and not your fillings. For more information about restorative and cosmetic dental services call Dr. Ashley Lloyd in Raleigh, North Carolina today!
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
In an age where first impressions occur both in person and digitally, confidence in your appearance is more important than ever. According to a study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, almost half of adults say they remember another person’s smile the most upon first meeting them. A professional teeth whitening session can lift the color of your teeth, giving your smile the makeover you need to feel proud of the way you look. Find out more about teeth whitening with Dr. Ashley Lloyd in Raleigh, NC.
Can professional teeth whitening help my smile?
Teeth whitening can help most people who wish they had a whiter, brighter smile. However, dentists do not recommend teeth whitening procedures for children under the age of 16 or those patients who have porcelain dental restorations in obvious places. Whitening works on natural teeth and does not lift the color of porcelain, meaning that those with restorations may end up with an uneven result. Those with tooth decay or periodontal disease need to consult with their dentist to resolve these issues before considering teeth whitening.
How does a teeth whitening treatment work?
The active ingredient in the whitening gel used during a teeth whitening procedure penetrates the teeth’s outer enamel layer, removing stains deep within the tooth to provide a whiter appearance. Your dentist will apply the gel to your teeth, then let it remain on the teeth for about an hour. During this time, the chemicals work to break the molecular bonds holding the stain together, allowing the stain to dissipate and that area of the tooth to appear whiter.
Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments in Raleigh, NC
If you think you could benefit from a professional teeth whitening procedure, consulting with your dentist is the best way to determine if this is the best treatment option for you and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Your dentist will examine your mouth to ensure you are in good dental health before administering the whitening treatments.
For more information on professional teeth whitening and how it can help you with Dr. Ashley Lloyd in Raleigh, NC. Call (919) 828-1001 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lloyd today!