Lawrence Cosmetic Dental Services
We offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic dental treatment options to help you improve your smile. Whether you would like to do a simple teeth whitening before a major event or need something more advanced like a veneer or bridge, we have the expertise to deliver the quality of service you deserve.
Our entire team is passionate about helping you achieve your best smile. We would love to help you improve yours today, so you can experience the many benefits that having a better smile brings. If you have any questions about how to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, give us a call!
CALL US: (785) 841-0233 REQUEST APPOINTMENT
What is Cosmetic Dentistry
Today, aesthetic dental treatments are more popular than ever, and many people are learning that a beautiful smile is a healthy smile. Thanks to advances in dental technology and services, unwanted gaps, stains, or cracks can be repaired quickly and easily. Has your shiny white smile faded to a dull yellow? Our cosmetic dental treatment options can help restore your smile or even create a better one than you’ve ever had before!
What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do for Me?
If you have been struggling with aesthetic issues with your teeth, cosmetic dentistry is most likely the solution you’ve been looking for. The following are some of the many things cosmetic dentistry can do for you:
If you have one or more cosmetic concerns with your smile and would like to take charge and create the smile you’ve always wanted, now is a great time to invest in yourself! Maybe you have had one of these issues for many years and previously thought it was just something you had to live with. Thanks to the power of modern cosmetic dental treatments, you can now do something about it.
Why Use a Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kit?
If your teeth have lost their original shiny white appearance and are looking a bit more yellow than white lately, a take-home tooth whitening kit can help! This is an easy, convenient, and affordable treatment that is non-invasive and provides a quick and effective way to brighten your smile.
We all know that your smile forms a vital part of the first impression you make. Teeth whitening kits give you the ability to improve that first impression in a fast and convenient way. They can make a real difference in your smile without requiring the time commitment of multiple dental visits. We provide these take-home kits so you can bring back your best smile.
What Can I Do to Keep My Teeth White?
After you achieve the shade of white that you want, how do you keep your teeth that way for as long as possible? Here are a handful of tips to help:
- Avoid dark or acidic drinks such as coffee and tea or dark sodas
- Use a straw when drinking to minimize contact with your teeth
- Avoid any form of tobacco, including smoking and chewing
- Brush at least twice and floss once daily
- Keep up your routine dental exams and cleanings
- Repeat the tooth whitening treatment to touch up as necessary
Overall, the basic rule of thumb is to simply take care of your teeth and gums. If you do this and follow the tips above, you should be able to keep your teeth white and shiny for a long time. If they do manage to fade after a while, don’t worry, just apply another teeth whitening treatment to bring them back to their best shade!
What Are Dental Veneers & Why Would I Need Them?
Dental veneers are custom made of thin porcelain created specifically for your teeth in a professional dental lab. We then bond these custom veneers to the surface of your teeth to reshape your smile and conform it to the way you want it to look. Veneers can function as an alternative option to a crown. They can address a wide variety of dental issues.
You might benefit from a dental veneer if your smile includes:
- Misshapen teeth
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Unwanted gaps between your teeth
- Highly discolored or darkly stained teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth that are either too small or too large
What Does Smile Design Do?
With smile design, we work with you using a variety of different restorative and cosmetic dental treatment options to create your dream smile. Throughout the process, we will work with you to help you understand all your options and which ones are best for your individual needs and goals. We will use the full variety of modern dental treatments to help you achieve those goals so you can have the smile you’ve always wanted.
During this process, we will create a detailed, thorough plan that addresses each of your cosmetic dental concerns. Dr. Jones involves you in the entire process from beginning to end, and will only proceed when you are completely satisfied with the treatments proposed.
The many diverse treatment options available to you during this process include teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, implants, and more. If you have any questions about smile design, give us a call. We would love to help answer any questions you may have and get you started on the path to a more attractive and confident smile.
How Do Inlays and Onlays Compare?
Inlays and onlays are two different dental treatment options that serve different purposes, yet they can be easy to confuse if you don’t hear the terms regularly. Onlays fit inside of a tooth to replace cusps on your molars. To do this effectively, they need to wrap up onto the top surface of your tooth where the chewing happens. Like inlays, onlays utilize a tooth-colored composite material that closely matches the shade of your natural enamel. They can also strengthen the structure of your teeth, which is another benefit onlays share with inlays.
Inlays replace a smaller section of your tooth deteriorated by decay that cannot be restored by a traditional filling. They sit inside the tooth and are made up of tooth-colored composite materials like porcelain and ceramic and will strengthen the structure of your tooth.
Dr. Jones will determine whether to use an inlay or onlay and will answer any questions you may have to help you decide the best treatment option for your personal needs.
Cosmetic Uses for Dental Crowns
Although most often categorized as a restoration, crowns can also be used to improve a variety of aesthetic concerns. A crown is a prosthetic cap used to restore both the form and function of your tooth. We may recommend crowns to:
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
- Cover a poorly shaped or discolored tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Replace a large filling that does not have enough original tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
Having a crown placed usually takes two visits to our office. At the first visit, we will prepare your tooth to receive the new crown. This involves reshaping the tooth so it will fit inside the new cap. The area around the tooth is numbed beforehand, so there is little discomfort.
After the tooth has been prepared, we will take an impression and send it to the lab where it will be used to make a precise copy of your original tooth. The impression works as a guide to ensure the new crown fits perfectly and enhances your smile. A temporary crown is attached to your prepared tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. At your next visit, we will attach the permanent crown to your prepared tooth and make sure it fits comfortably. Your crown should last for many years with proper care and regular visits to our office to ensure there are no gaps between the gums and the crown.
What is a Dental Bridge and Why Would I Need One?
Dental bridges are a way to fill gaps created by one to four missing teeth. If left alone, the gaps allow the adjacent teeth to shift into the opening, creating alignment and spacing issues with your other teeth. Worse, this shifting can eventually lead to changes in the shape and mass of your jawbone tissue. The gaps created are difficult to keep clean, which makes it easy for the bacteria to accumulate and breed over time. This can expose you to tooth decay, or even lead to gum disease if left unchecked.
If you leave an awkward gap in your teeth, and it leads to changes in the shape of your jawbone, it can cause changes in your facial structure, making you appear older than you are. A dental bridge can address all these issues at once by preventing your adjacent teeth from shifting in the first place. It also prevents bacterial buildup and reduces the risks of the other oral health problems in the process.
If you have experienced the loss of one or more teeth and have been considering a bridge, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you decide if a bridge would be right for you.
Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings for a Natural Looking Smile
We can customize your fillings to match the exact shade of your natural tooth enamel and provide a viable solution in some common dental issues, including:
- Unwanted gaps in your teeth
- Chips and cracks
- Damage from decay
- Excessive wear
In each of these situations, the barely visible nature of composite fillings let you address the problem while improving the look of your teeth in the process. Other types of fillings are visible and affect the look of your smile, so most people today prefer to use composite fillings.
How Do I Make My Composite Fillings Last?
In addition to closely matching your teeth, composite fillings last a long time and provide strength and durability to the tooth structure. It is normal to experience some elevated sensitivity to heat and cold when you first get a filling but is usually subsides quickly.
It is important to take care of your fillings by maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding bad habits. For example, brush twice and floss once daily, and avoid chewing on things like ice and hard candy, and don’t use your teeth as tools. Keep up your regular dental visits too, because this will also help maximize the life of your composite dental fillings.
We Are Here to Help You Achieve Your Best Smile Yet
Whatever aesthetic dental treatment options you need, or issues you would like to treat, we have the expertise, experience, and skills to help. It would be our pleasure to help you create the smile you’ve always wanted using the many excellent cosmetic dental treatments available today. Contact our office today to schedule your first appointment and begin improving your smile!
CALL US: (785) 841-0233 REQUEST APPOINTMENT