Cosmetic Dentistry in Albany
The smile is known to be the first thing people notice when they meet a person. A beautiful smile can be a remarkable signature to one's personality. The importance of owning a beautiful smile has pushed researchers and dental professionals to come up with technology, procedures and materials that can transform the appearance of teeth, gums and lips. Cosmetic dentistry is that field of dental medicine which is dedicated to improving the esthetics of your smile using dental materials and treatment procedures which do not compromise your oral health. If you are unhappy with the looks of your teeth or gums, come speak to our dentists about your views. Our cosmetic dental care can help you win a beautiful smile.
When is a Smile less Attractive?
There are several factors that influence the appearance of a smile. The smile-line, the size and proportions of teeth, the color of teeth and gums, the amount of gums exposed when the person smiles and many other aspects can affect the beauty of the smile. Following are some of the common esthetic problems noted with the smile.
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Missing teeth
- Gummy smile
A smile can turn out to be less attractive even if there is one of the above mentioned problems.
How can the Smile be Transformed?
Cosmetic dental professionals set a treatment plan and use a wide-range of dental procedures to transform the smile. The experience and skills of the dentist play a crucial role in success of the treatment. Dental professionals firstly listen to the needs of the patient and recommend treatments accordingly. The length, shape and color of teeth, the gum-line and many other factors can be varied through dental procedures. How the teeth and gums are reshaped to suit the smile depends on the knowledge of the dentist.
The Examination and Planning
The first phase of treatment is smile examination. We take pictures and impressions of teeth. We make a note of patients' needs and plan the treatment based on the changes required. The treatment options are explained to patients. At each stage of treatment we record the changes.
The Makeover Procedure
The smile makeover procedure may involve a single treatment or a combination of different procedures depending on the needs. It may take more than one visit to bring about transformation in the smile. The patient is educated about the need of each procedure in every stage. Following are some of the cosmetic dental procedures/treatment options that we offer at our office.
Dental veneers are thin shells made of porcelain. The veneers can transform the smile by reshaping the front teeth. When rightly planned, these thin shells can bring about a remarkable change in the esthetics of the smile.
Tooth whitening is a procedure performed to brighten the teeth by clearing stain from porous enamel layer. By improving the shade of teeth, the esthetic factor can be upgraded to a great extent.
Tooth colored fillings
Tooth colored fillings are dental materials that are used to restore teeth which have cavities. The fillings are custom-made to suit the natural color of teeth. These restorations can relieve patients from the hesitation to smile openly, which is the case with gold and amalgam fillings.
Resin bonding is another way of reshaping disfigured teeth. This procedure helps greatly in reshaping the visible teeth at front. Though the procedure quick, the material cannot withstand as much load as dental veneers.