Your smile can be the biggest factor in your self-esteem, feeling happy and making other people feel happy. But what if you aren’t confident about your smile? Dental Masters offers services for Cosmetic Dentistry in Alexandria VA, and can help you.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of your teeth. People may get cosmetic dentistry treatment to brighten, whiten or straighten their teeth.
Cosmetic dental services can include:
- Brightening stained or discolored teeth
- Repairing cracks or fractures
- Filling gaps between teeth
- Correcting overcrowding teeth
- Reshaping teeth
- Replacing missing teeth
- Replacing old metallic restorations such as fillings and crowns
Examples of cosmetic dentist services include:
- Porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers are custom-built coverings for your teeth that offer a long-term alternative to dental bonding. Veneers can correct chips, stains, and deeply discolored teeth; They can even alter the length and size of the teeth.
This procedure requires more than one visit to prepare the tooth and fit the veneers because the dentist needs to send molds to a preparation lab for creation. Your veneers can last years without any problems and even resist staining. You may want to consider having your teeth whitened prior if you want to have whiter-looking teeth because the dentist will math the veneers to the color of your surrounding teeth.
- Composite fillings
Dental Masters can offer composite fillings procedures as cosmetic dentistry in Alexandria, Virginia. You may consider composites if you have untreated cavities and small fractures that have left your teeth defective. Composites can restore the defects by being placed in thin layers on the teeth while preserving the natural tooth.
- Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most common procedures in cosmetic dentistry in Alexandria, Virginia. Everyone wants to flash their teeth confidently; teeth whitening removes dingy stains (coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, and chocolate will dull enamel surfaces). The procedure will include gentle polishing and reshaping chipped, uneven edges.
You can find teeth whitening kits at drug stores, but they don’t do as well of a job as you can get from your dentist. Those kits only remove surface stains, while a professional job will remove teeth discoloration that starts within the tooth. Dr. Laviola’s office can provide:
- In-office whitening to remove years of stains, and they will make trays that fit your teeth for whitening at home.
- The highest quality whitening formulas that include professional strength and careful quality control from known sources
- Strategies and a customizable product to use for sensitivity following the teeth-whitening procedure.
- Long-term results as opposed to constant teeth-whitening strips you can buy at stores.
- Porcelain crowns
Your teeth may undergo damage due to cavities, bite forces, trauma, or even normal functioning. Several situations can leave your teeth in danger of loss if treatment is bypassed. Dental crowns, or caps, allow the teeth to be rebuilt and covered with materials that make the tooth look natural. Crowns can be crafted to repair a single tooth, multiple teeth, or in conjunction with dental implants.
If you need porcelain crowns, consider cosmetic dentistry in Alexandria, Virginia at Dental Masters.
Smaller fractures to your teeth can be formed back to their perfect health with an onlay. A crown requires more tooth preparation while onlays allow the unbroken portions of a tooth to be left uncut. A piece of porcelain is bonded to the damaged area and blends seamlessly with the natural enamel while enhancing the look and function of your natural teeth.
- Gum contouring
Your gums that surround your teeth form a contrast to your white teeth, framing their appearance. Typically, your gums flow around each tooth, dipping naturally around the front and back to expose the fullness of each tooth. Sometimes areas of the gum detract from your smile because it is uneven, sits too high around a tooth, or a thick area protrudes unnaturally. If you have problems with this, your gums can be gently contoured to complement the smile. Laser technology makes this procedure quick and painless.
A dental implant, an artificial tooth root, will bring you as close as possible to having your original tooth. People typically need a dental implant to replace a missing tooth caused by non-restorable decay (cavity), severe gum disease, a failed root canal, natural causes of aging, or accidental severe tooth damage.
A dental implant is placed in the same bone that housed your original tooth. Dr. LaViola uses the best technology available for her procedures including digital x-rays, 3D mapping, models, photographs, and case guides.
A dental implant gives you stability and confidence, leaving you feeling like it’s your natural tooth.
If you have any flaws in your teeth that you want to improve, you can get your cosmetic dentistry in Alexandria, Virginia done at Dental Masters by Dr. Laviola.