Dental care isn’t just about medical needs. Helping our patients achieve their cosmetic dental goals is an important part of what Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS, offers here at Chestnut Family Dentistry of Asheville, NC. Today we’re taking a look at some of our comprehensive cosmetic dentistry options.
What Cosmetic Dentistry Options Are Offered by Dr. Wendy Willoughby?
Crowns and Bridges
Whether you have dramatic or subtle goals when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, our team has the experience to help. One way we do this is by providing crowns and bridges. Crowns and bridges can help with issues such as:
- Misshapen teeth
- Gaps in your smile
- Damaged teeth
Not only can this help improve the appearance of your smile, but crowns and bridges can also help reduce the future need for corrective dental work.
Understanding Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can be placed like a cap over one or more teeth. They can help improve the color, shape, size, and even strength of your teeth. While they’re often used to correct teeth that have been broken, cracked, or decayed, they’re also great tools for cosmetic dentistry.
If you find yourself feeling self-conscious about missing teeth and the gaps they create in your smile, a bridge might be the perfect solution for you. A crown is used on the neighboring teeth on either side of a bridge, which will hold the bridge in place.
This can help restore your smile, as well as help to distribute your bite more evenly and make it easier to chew or even speak. A bridge also plays the functional role of a “place filler” so your remaining teeth won’t begin to migrate towards the gap.
When you’ve suffered significant tooth loss, a full or partial denture is a great restoration tool. Our team offers both full and partial dentures so we can find the right fit for your needs. Dentures aren’t just about completing your smile, either. In addition to helping people feel more confident in their own skin and in social situations, they also can help you eat and speak more comfortably.
The technology behind dentures has continued to improve, so we can find you dentures that are a good visual match for you, effective, and comfortable. Another cosmetic benefit dentures offer is by improving the volume of the face. Tooth loss can contribute to sagging facial muscles, but dentures can help “fill in” the face.
Dental implants are another way to replace missing teeth. Implants are secured into the jawbone with titanium rods to keep them firmly in place. These rods are usually topped off with a crown or bridgework. That said, our team can offer either permanent or semi-permanent fixture options. For example, we can go for a denture-implant hybrid if you prefer dentures to other tooth replacements.
Sealants are usually used for kids and teens who may struggle to thoroughly clean their back teeth. This thin, plastic coating can be applied to teeth and serves as a physical protector to the tooth’s enamel.
It can help protect the treated teeth from decay for up to a decade. In addition to keeping out little bits of food and bacteria, sealants can also help keep a smile safe from discoloration, which makes it a unique cosmetic tool.
Dental restoration can help patients who have suffered from progressed tooth decay. First off, the damaged or infected portion of your tooth will have to be removed so the tooth can then be filled. Porcelain, gold, or dental composites can be used as the filling. The filling stops any additional damage in its tracks and allows you to use your tooth again.
Once the tooth’s structure has been restored, we can top it off with a crown, bridge, or implant. If there’s a damaged tooth you dislike the appearance of, this is a great way to have it addressed.
One of the easiest forms of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening, and it remains one of our most popular cosmetic options. This simple treatment can offer major improvements to your smile.
Patients who are feeling self-conscious about the color of their teeth can greatly benefit from this treatment. It’s also a popular option for people who have an important event around the corner that they want to brighten their teeth for.
One reason this treatment is so popular is it’s a quick fix that offers immediate improvements you can enjoy. Sometimes patients will try to whiten their own teeth by scrubbing too roughly while they brush. Remember that brushing your teeth too hard can actually damage your enamel, which can put your teeth at risk for damage and decay.
On the other hand, our professional team can whiten your teeth safely, to bring you a beautiful smile without any risk of enamel damage. For additional convenience, we offer both in-office and take-home whitening options.
Laminates or veneers are thin porcelain shells or resin composite that can be applied to the front of the teeth and correct a range of cosmetic concerns. Some of the ways veneers can help your smile include:
- Cover discoloration
- Address chips and cracks
- Fill small gaps
- Help create a more uniform smile
If you want an alternative to crowns, veneers may be the way to go.
Rejuvenate Your Smile
If you’re ready to explore some of our cosmetic dentistry options, contact our friendly team at Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville, NC, today to set up your consultation!