Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures to Rejuvenate Your Smile
By CHESAPEAKE FAMILY AND IMPLANT DENTISTRY
December 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Your Chesapeake, VA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Paul LeTellier, has solutions for improving your smile.

Veneers:

Your Chesapeake dentist will remove some enamel from the surface of your teeth then cement the veneers. Your dentist removes some enamel, which is an irreversible process, and because veneers are made out of thin porcelain or plastic, you won't feel like your teeth are protruding. On the contrary, they will feel smooth, even and properly aligned with the rest of your teeth. Veneers help with stained or discolored teeth, due to poor hygiene, drinking coffee and tea, smoking, chewing tobacco, or even antibiotics containing tetracycline.

Dental Implants:

Tooth loss can lead to the deterioration of your jawbone without the support it needs. If you decide to get a dental implant, here's what you need to know about the process:

A local anesthetic is applied to the area that will undergo the procedure. Your dentist will then insert a titanium post into the jawbone. The titanium post acts as the new tooth root and is biocompatible, so there is no worry of tissue rejection. The doctor will then surgically close the area and allow it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months, while the process of osseointegration takes its full course (titanium fuses to the jawbone to provide reinforcement). When you return, your dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment and place a crown over the abutment that matches the rest of your teeth.

Bonding:

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, can be accomplished in one visit. Your dentist will clean your teeth to ensure they're plaque-free. Then they'll etch your teeth with an acidic gel that will open pores on the surface of your teeth. The dentist will then rinse the etching material with composite resin that matches the color of your teeth. The last step consists of the composite being hardened in place with a curing light and your teeth shaped into the right form.

The composite used in bonding is made of plastic resin and finely ground glass-like particles, which is used to fix issues, such as chips and cracks, fractures, decays and discolored teeth.

Teeth Whitening:

There are in-office teeth whitening procedures and a take-home kit.

Teeth whitening is a great option to improve that gorgeous smile you already have, but taking care of your teeth is just important. There are a few tips you can follow to ensure you keep the appearance of your teeth for a longer period of time.

  • Make sure to reduce and avoid unhealthy habits, like drinking coffee or tea.
  • Quit smoking and chewing tobacco; they stain your teeth and cause oral diseases.
  • Maintaining a healthy oral regimen, like brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once will keep your teeth looking white and healthy.

Have you considered cosmetic dentistry? Here in Chesapeake, VA, Dr. Paul LeTellier can help you get the smile you want.

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