Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right For Me?
If you feel self-conscious or embarrassed about your smile, and you are free of any major oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay, cosmetic dentistry may be right for you. It has been proven that patients who are happy with the aesthetics of their smile are more likely to care for their teeth and gums with proper oral hygiene habits. No matter what imperfections are keeping you from a confident smile, call our knowledgeable team today to discuss your cosmetic options at Seaglass Dental Care.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are small, tooth-shaped dental prostheses that are designed to cover up the front surfaces of your teeth. By doing so, veneers can treat a wide range of cosmetic issues including severe stains, minor gaps, small chips, and misshapen teeth. Treatment with porcelain veneers is non-invasive and usually takes only two short appointments.
How Do I Know If I Need Veneers?
If you have multiple cosmetic issues with your teeth, such as gaps, minor chips, uneven teeth, serious stains, and small or misshapen teeth, veneers may be right for you. They are very versatile and can be used to restore almost any cosmetic problem. However, veneers are not a restorative treatment. They are not recommended to restore teeth that have been damaged by oral trauma or tooth decay.
How Long Is the Process of Receiving Veneers?
Getting veneers usually takes two appointments over a period of 2-3 weeks. During your first appointment, your teeth will be trimmed and prepared for veneers, then Dr. Schmitt will take images and dental impressions and send these to a lab where your veneers will be made.
It takes a few weeks for your veneers to be built. In the meantime, you’ll receive a set of temporary resin veneers. You’ll come back in when your veneers arrive at Seaglass Dental Care, and Dr. Schmitt will check each one, then bond them into place permanently.
Is Take-Home Teeth Whitening Right For Me?
Teeth whitening can reverse stains and yellowing caused by the natural aging process and the consumption of coffee, tea, and other dark beverages and foods. Teeth whitening makes use of peroxides that break the chemical bonds holding stains on your enamel and bleach them away. Take-home teeth whitening is a great way to reverse stains and yellowing in the comfort of your own home. Dr. Schmitt will make custom-molded trays for your teeth and provide you with clinical-strength whitening agents to brighten your smile.
What Are the Benefits of Take-Home Whitening Trays?
Take-home whitening trays allow you to improve your smile in the comfort of your own home, minimizing the time you have to spend in the dentist’s chair.
The results are almost identical to in-office whitening, but they do take a few weeks to become prominent. This means it provides more discreet whitening. It will be less obvious to other people that you have had your teeth whitened, which some patients prefer.
Finally, take-home treatments are usually cheaper than comparable in-office treatments, which makes them a good option if you’re on a tight budget.
Why Should I Choose Take-Home Trays Instead of OTC Treatments?
Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments and strips are simply not as effective as professional take-home whitening. Even ADA-approved whitening products like Crest Whitestrips cannot provide comparable results, as they have relatively low levels of whitening compound.
In addition, some OTC products, particularly those available online, can have dangerously high levels of whitening compound. Using them incorrectly could permanently damage your teeth and gums.
OTC treatments are also “one-size-fits-all,” so you will not get the best possible results. In contrast, professional take-home trays are customized for your teeth and your level of staining, ensuring you get a bright, white and brilliant smile. For all of these reasons, it’s a better idea to choose take-home whitening treatments from Dr. Schmitt, instead of DIY, over-the-counter whitening products.
What Is Bonding, Shaping And Contouring?
During treatment with dental bonding, Dr. Schmitt will apply a tooth-colored dental resin directly to your tooth. He will mold the resin into an aesthetically-appealing shape and use it to fill in chips and improve tooth color. A UV light will be used to harden the resin, then Dr. Schmitt will trim and shape it for a perfectly seamless look. Shaping and contouring refers to the process of removing a small amount of enamel from the surrounding teeth during the bonding procedure to ensure that your smile is perfectly even and straight.
What Are the Benefits of Bonding, Shaping & Contouring?
Bonding, shaping & contouring allow you to quickly reshape and restore your smile. You can restore your smile in just a single appointment, instead of multiple appointments over a period of several weeks.
The procedure is very affordable compared to alternatives like porcelain veneers. It’s also completely non-invasive. You usually do not even need to be numbed.
Plus, treatment is quick and simple. Usually, you can have your teeth bonded and shaped in just a single appointment. This depends on how many teeth are being treated, however. It takes 30-60 minutes to treat each tooth. If you are treating more than 4 teeth at once, you may need to make two separate appointments.
What Is A Cosmetic Makeover?
During your cosmetic consultation, Dr. Schmitt will discuss your smile goals to determine which treatments you need to achieve the smile of your dreams. If multiple treatments are required, this is considered a smile makeover. We develop a highly personalized treatment plan that addresses your issues in order of importance, and we consider your preferences and budget while we create your plan to ensure that you are comfortable with every aspect of your care.