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Why Cosmetic Dentistry?

June 27, 2014

Why Cosmetic Dentistry?

There was a time, not too long ago, where whatever smile we were born with was the one we were destined to stay with, for better or worse. The lucky ones got white, straight teeth. Braces came on the scene and could correct crooked, misaligned teeth. However, many problems still remained. Perfectly nice teeth would become discolored due to the use of tetracycline during childhood. Accidents during play and in sports would chip and break teeth. Tooth decay and gum disease brought a plethora of problems with them, and aging had as little mercy on teeth as on the rest of the human body.

Dentists worked with what they had. Caps or crowns could be used in some cases, but those often resembled poorly crafted white Chiclets instead of actual teeth. Tetracycline teeth and other tooth discolorations had to be accepted with self-conscious smiles or tight-lipped grins...No more.

Cosmetic dentistry can now correct all of these less-than-perfect smiles. Improved materials and new techniques have made it possible for people to reclaim a smile lost to accident or age, or gain a smile they never knew they had in them.

Often the solutions can be as simple as whitening or bleaching, and these procedures can often be brought in line with most budgets. Some procedures require a custom-made mouthpiece. The dentist sends the patient home with whitening solution and instructions. Within a few weeks, teeth will have lightened significantly. Other procedures take place in the dentist's office. At one time, stains caused by tetracycline, aging, or trauma to the teeth were considered beyond the reach of whitening which usually dealt with stains that came from years of drinking tea or coffee, or smoking. However cosmetic dentists have experienced success with consistent, long-term treatment.   

In some cases, though, long-term exposure to tetracycline created significant discoloration to some patient's teeth making them a shade of brown or gray. Other problems such as spacing, crooked, misshapen teeth can require more advanced treatment. Bonding uses a tooth-colored material, and can fix gaps or change the shape and color of the tooth. While successful in improving appearance, bonding tends to chip and stain teeth more easily than other procedures. Veneers, made out of thin porcelain or plastic, are cemented onto the teeth, using a light beam to make the bond more durable. Caps or crowns remain an option typically used when the underlying tooth structure has been compromised due to decay or root canals. Contouring or reshaping can be used to change the shape of teeth, their length and alignment. Teeth need to be healthy, and the changes desired not very extreme, but small, subtle changes can be achieved with this relatively simple procedure.  

Porcelain Veneers are a popular method for dramatically improving your smile as explained and illustrated below by one of Dr. Apekian's patients:  

"I recently had new veneers for my front teeth. Two times in the chair and, Viola! Complete! The first session was the preparation and the second was the implementation."  
"It couldn't have been any easier. I had no discomfort. No bruising. Just pure anticipation for my second visit!"  
"I feel so much more confident with my new smile! People are amazed at the total real ness of my new veneers. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Apekian and her staff. All very caring and professional people. I feel like I am family and feel extremely lucky to have found Midtown Dental."  

- Paul W.
Unhealthy Teeth Before Cosmetic Dentistry
Healthy Teeth After Cosmetic Dentistry
Gum Disease Before Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment
Gum Disease After Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment

As a cosmetic dentist in Sacramento, Dr. Jenny Apekian can be considered an artist who works seeming miracles in the mouth. A consultation will allow you and your dentist to find the right solution for the desired effects that can also work within your budget.