If you enjoy perfect teeth, you are part of a very fortunate minority. Hardly anyone is born with the finest that Mother Nature has to offer, and in the fullness of time, it is not unusual for people to develop dental issues like cracking, chipping, gapping, crowding and/or discolored teeth. If you are like most people, chances are there is something about your smile that you feel could be made better. That is exactly what we can offer you at Redford Dental Care in Carmichael.
If your dental health is generally good (meaning that you are free of tooth decay and gum disease), then we can offer you a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures that are designed to give you the benefits and smile you want.
If your teeth are cracked or broken, dental crowns are one option. However, because crowns are full restorations, they can be expensive. Usually, dental insurance will only cover them for restorative purposes (to correct discomfort and allow you to bite and chew effectively), not for cosmetic reasons. Fortunately, there is often an alternative.
Dental bonding is an easy treatment, and far less costly than crowns. As long as most of your tooth is intact, bonding can be a good option. With bonding, your dentist applies a tooth-colored compound to the affected area, shapes it, and then cures it using a special light. The treatment does not take much time, and usually the tooth will look just as good as if you had gone with a crown.
Bonding will not last as long as a crown, but should serve you well for a few years. The treatment can be repeated, though, and since bonding is dramatically less costly than crowns, fixing up the bonding every few years can save you money.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and/or onlays are another alternative to dental crowns, and are often used if the damage to the tooth is too great for bonding to be effective. The difference between the two is that inlays are used to correct damage to the cusps of the teeth (the pointed areas that you feel if you pass your tongue over your teeth), whereas onlays are used to treat several cusps in sequence.
The procedure for inlays and onlays is the same. Your dentist will remove the damaged portions of the teeth, and then do a set of impressions of your mouth. These impressions are used to determine the shape of your inlays and/or onlays, and once they have been made, your dentist will install them with a special cement. They will match the rest of your teeth, so no one will know that your smile contains anything other than your own, natural teeth.
If you have too much gum tissue, your smile can be adversely affected. In such cases, dentists often recommend gingivectomy, which is a surgical procedure to remove some of the gum tissue. This type of treatment often straddles the line between a cosmetic and a restorative treatment.
Originally, gingivectomy was developed as a means of treating gum disease, removing the excess tissue that causes pockets to form between the teeth and gums, encouraging the growth of bacteria. Too much gum tissue can also lead to difficulty with chewing and speaking, and again, gingivectomy can correct the problem.
If you are contemplating gingivectomy purely for reasons of appearance, your dental insurance will probably not cover it. However, if your dentist feels that it is warranted from a restorative perspective, chances are that your insurer will comply. Your dentist can advise you as to the potential benefits of gingivectomy from both a cosmetic and restorative standpoint.
Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers
Porcelain veneers can be the ideal alternative to dental crowns when the issue being corrected is mild misalignment, mild to moderate discoloration, and various other dental imperfections. Lumineers are thinner versions of traditional dental veneers, and can often be installed with little or no tooth preparation. Your dentist can advise you as to the type of veneers that will be best for you.
If you want a better smile, but hate the idea of wearing metal braces, you could be a good candidate for Invisalign clear braces. They can be used to treat most of the conditions that respond to metal braces. Talk to your dentist to find out if Invisalign is a good option for you.
Often, all you need to improve your smile is a professional whitening treatment. At Redford Dental Care, we offer Zoom! and Ultradent teeth whitening treatments. Depending on which you choose, you will benefit from a combination of in-office and at-home whitening, or you could do it all at home, at your leisure.
A smile makeover consists of any cosmetic treatment, or combination of treatments, that gives you the smile you want. Your dentist will be happy to talk with you about the various treatments available, and help you to determine the procedure or procedures that are right for you. You do not have to be unhappy with your smile.
At Redford Dental Care, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments that improve your smile. Some may also have restorative benefits. To find out more, call us at 916-972-8851, or book a consultation using the form on our Contact Us page. Our dentist office is located at 6246 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Carmichael, CA. We would be pleased to meet you and talk about the ways that we can give you a better smile.
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