A great smile can be the most attractive feature of your face. A smile helps express your health, success, youth, and sincerity. It’s a part of your identity, so it’s important that you’re happy with how your smile looks.
Our practice brings the best of cosmetic dentistry to Bedford. We have many different techniques to restore your natural smile or make it more beautiful. Below are some of the options in our dental toolbox that can help you have a smile that you feel great about.
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments in Bedford
Sometimes teeth don’t come in perfectly. They may be overcrowded, crooked, or have an uneven bite. Braces that correct crooked teeth have improved significantly in recent years, and in some cases orthodontic treatment can be completed using clear, removable aligners, aka “invisible braces”.
A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that “bridges” the gap caused by missing teeth. Pontics are usually made from porcelain, which is both strong and can match your natural tooth color. Bridges can be held in place by cementing crowns onto the abutment teeth or be supported by a dental implant.
A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth, and it’s one of the most common restorations that dentists perform. When teeth have cracked or decayed, the damaged portion is replaced with a prosthetic that completely covers the exposed area of the tooth. Crowns restore the appearance, shape, and function of damaged teeth.
Dentures are a set of removable artificial teeth and gums formed to a patient’s mouth. They can be full or partial, replacing all the teeth or just a few. They are typically made from a combination of resin and polymer materials to provide strength and flexibility where needed. There are many options for fitting and holding dentures in place, making this treatment a truly custom solution.
Enamel shaping is the perfect solution for misshapen, oversized, or uneven teeth. This procedure is a quick and easy way to correct minor cosmetic problems — it’s usually done in a single treatment!
Dental implants are the permanent and complete solution to tooth loss. The implant itself is an artificial tooth root made from titanium that’s connected to the patient’s jawbone. This provides a strong and stable platform to support a dental prosthesis, whether it be a crown, a bridge, or dentures. There is no tooth replacement option that provides a longer-lasting result than dental implants.
Inlays and Onlays
Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays (made from porcelain or composite materials) are a long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing way to provide a “filling” to teeth with tooth decay or similar structural damage. Whereas dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory before being fitted and adhesively bonded into place during your next appointment.
More patients than ever ask about white fillings because they want their teeth to look natural when they laugh or smile. Composite fillings are made from materials that can be perfectly matched to a patient’s natural tooth color. Because composite fillings use a special adhesive, they require us to remove less material from the healthy part of the tooth.
Teeth can lose their vibrancy from drinking coffee or wine, smoking, and even just aging! Traditional, chairside treatment utilizes a bleach-based whitening gel that is much more potent than over-the-counter whitening kits. Our practice is also a proud provider of the GLO Whitening System, which utilizes LEDs and heat resisters to activate a patented whitening gel and help make your smile pearly white.
Your Bedford Cosmetic Dentist
These treatments are just some of the options we can use to improve your health and your smile. What are you waiting for? Schedule a consultation today to find the treatment that is right for you.
~Dr. Marea White