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Cosmetic dentistry has at its disposal a number of treatments that can restore your smile to its natural appearance, or improve upon it. Your local Westminster, MD, cosmetic dentistry experts of Carroll County Dental Associates can answer your questions about all the ways that cosmetic dentistry can do to improve your smile.

Repair Damaged Teeth

When teeth become chipped, if the damage is not too severe, dental bonding can restore their former shape. This is done with a resin compound that is applied in liquid form but is hardened with a UV light and then shaped. This same type of compound is what is employed with tooth-colored fillings, as an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. These fillings repair your teeth from damage incurred due to decay, but because they are tooth-colored they practically vanish among the rest of your teeth. Crowns can be used when teeth are so damaged that they have lost a lot of structure.

Restore Missing Teeth

Either employing dental implants or dental bridgework, your dentist can restore these missing teeth. For a bridge, crowns are used to support the replacement tooth. Dental implants work differently, using a titanium post instead as support. This post is permanently implanted directly onto the bone of your jaw, and onto this, a crown is attached. Both can restore a missing tooth but deciding which option is best for you can best be done by discussing your expectations with your dentist.

Brighten Your Smile

When it's unsightly stains that you wish to address, then teeth whitening performed at your dentist's office can provide results that over-the-counter treatments cannot match. But if you have a tooth that is discolored due to trauma or wear, then teeth whitening will not be effective. For these cases consult with your dentist about a crown or veneer.

Give Your Smile a Makeover

Dental veneers, as mentioned above, can help restore teeth that are damaged or stained, and they also eliminate slight gaps in your smile. A number of them can be used in tandem to give your smile a complete makeover.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Westminster, MD

Whether you're looking to correct an imperfection or simply improve your overall smile look no further than your Westminster, MD, professionals of Carroll County Dental Associates. Dial (410) 848-5577 to schedule a consultation today.

By Carroll County Dental Associates
November 15, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Is your smile stained, crooked, or just generally lackluster? Here at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, your team of five dentists transforms smiles through a variety of cosmetic dentistry services—read on to learn more!

How should your smile change?

Think about it: your smile goals must match what's possible in the real world. That's where a cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Westminster office comes in. You and your dentist will discuss your oral health and any aesthetic factors such as tooth color, shape, and size, any physical defects like chips and gaps, amount of gum tissue, dental alignment, and more. Together, you'll arrive at a treatment plan compatible with your goals, budget, and realistic potential for change.

Offered cosmetic services

  • Tooth reshaping or contouring: This gentle sanding of rough surfaces, chips, and pits quickly and comfortably regularizes tooth shape and size.
  • Composite resin bonding: This one-visit service repairs small defects (chips, cracks, gaps) with a blend of glass and acrylic. Strong and lifelike, the composite resin is shaped, hardened, and polished for a realistic look.
  • Porcelain veneers: Thin, tooth-shaped, and one-dimensional, veneers disguise flaws such as large chips, deep stains, overlapping teeth, and more. Customized and bonded to the front of teeth located in the smile zone, veneers permanently remake tooth shape, size, color, and even alignment.
  • Porcelain crowns: These three-dimensional ceramic caps remake substantial portions of tooth structure above the gum line. They are tooth-shaped and bite together with teeth on the opposing arch. Crowns also support bridges, finish root canal therapy, and restore dental implants.
  • Teeth whitening: Done right in the office, whitening services brighten stained teeth by several shades of color in just one visit. Your dentist uses concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to remove deep stains caused by tobacco, coffee, tea, blueberries, and more. Additionally, whitening is safe, long-lasting, and very economical.
  • Dental implants: A missing tooth affects how you look, eat, and speak. Additionally, bone health is seriously impacted by the loss of even one tooth. Dental implants change all that with the realistic look and feel of a titanium screw, metal post, and realistic crown. Furthermore, because implants reside in the alveolar ridge of the jaw, your bone density improves and is sustained indefinitely.

Your best smile

Find it through the cosmetic dentistry services available here at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD! Dial (410) 848-5577 today for an informative cosmetic dentistry consultation with one of our dentists.

By Carroll County Dental Associates
December 12, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist has the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.

Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about the irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.

Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. Your dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.

What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.

How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.
Contact Your Dentist

You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.