If aesthetic concerns are affecting your smile, we can use cosmetic dentistry to help you beam with pride again. These interventions produce attractive, natural-looking results that can address a variety of deficits in your smile’s appearance.
Our approach is tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient’s smile. We will work closely with you to determine your smile goals and how we can help you achieve them.
Are you dissatisfied with some aspect of your smile’s appearance? Cosmetic dentistry can help! Schedule your consultation to learn what results may be possible in your case.
What makes a smile attractive anyway? The ideal smile features teeth that are bright white and free from stains or other discolorations. Those teeth should be intact without any visible damage. They are properly aligned and proportionate to each other in size.
The beauty of a smile is also dependent on the facial features surrounding it. Wrinkles and “frown lines” can make your smile look older than it is. Sunken cheeks and thin lips can also detract from your smile. These matters should also be considered in patients who want to improve their smile’s appearance.
To give you the most attractive smile possible, we will assess all of the factors listed above and talk with you about your specific concerns as well.
Depending on the specific issues with your smile, we may recommend one of the following treatments.
Powerful bleaching agents, activated with a special light used in our office, help to remove stains from teeth, or reverse the yellowing effect of aging. Zoom teeth whitening treatments can leave your teeth up to eight shades whiter in less than two hours.
These handy tools are bonded on top of your biological teeth to conceal defects like chips, cracks, or deep stains. They can also create the illusion of correct alignment in slightly crooked teeth or make an undersized tooth look proportionate to its neighbors.
Composite materials are applied to the teeth to repair minor flaws, such as a small chip or crack.
Injections send signals to the muscles to decrease wrinkle-causing activity or replace missing collagen in areas of the face that have lost volume.
Each patient’s smile is unique, and so is the cosmetic dentistry treatment plan that is needed to help them achieve their smile goals. At your initial consultation, we will explore your concerns and examine your teeth, gums, and surrounding facial structures.
We will also gather all of the data needed to develop the treatment plan at that initial consultation. This may involve us taking photographs, x-rays, dental impressions, or other measurements.
If you will be receiving multiple cosmetic dentistry interventions, we may need to sequence them in a specific way. For example, teeth whitening needs to precede placement of porcelain veneers, as the shade of the latter cannot be altered after the veneers are bonded to the teeth.
We will work closely with you so that you know what to expect from every step of the cosmetic dentistry treatment process. If anything is confusing or unclear to you, don’t hesitate to ask us for more information.
Cosmetic dentistry is the specialty that focuses on optimizing the smile’s appearance, rather than maintaining or restoring the structure or function of teeth. These interventions primarily strive for results that improve the smile’s aesthetics that can be negatively affected by the shade, condition, or alignment of the teeth.
Veneers are the most versatile tool in the cosmetic dentistry toolbox. They are tooth-shaped shells made of porcelain that are placed on top of your natural teeth to hide a variety of flaws. Because porcelain shares many optical qualities with biological tooth enamel, the appearance of veneers is quite natural. Additionally, the veneers are strong after they are bonded to the teeth, so if you take good care of them and avoid any activities that would damage natural teeth, they can last for up to a decade.
Patients who have sensitive teeth still can be candidates for teeth whitening treatment. However, we will consider this in developing the treatment plan to minimize the tooth sensitivity that can be a side effect of teeth whitening treatments. For example, we may advise you to use a toothpaste that is specially formulated to reduce tooth sensitivity, or we may recommend that you space out follow-up treatments far enough apart to avoid this outcome.
Some patients who have multiple complaints about the appearance of their smiles may need to pursue a combination of cosmetic dentistry interventions. In a smile makeover, different treatments are used to attain the patient’s goals.
General dentistry services, like exams and professional cleanings, are the foundation on which a healthy smile is built. At Wexford Dental Arts, we recognize the importance of such care provided in our office in combination with your oral hygiene habits at home to maintain your oral health.
Having a beautiful smile and flashing it confidently is an important part of making a good first impression. However, if your smile falls short of the ideal, you may feel hesitant to smile or cover your mouth with your hand when you talk or laugh.
Although tooth enamel is the strongest material in the human body, it can still be damaged as a result of injury or oral diseases. When this happens, restorative dentistry treatments may be able to save your natural tooth.
Joanna Alrubie, D.M.D. of Wexford PA, provides general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services, which includes a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning, dental x-rays, composite fillings, porcelain crowns and veneers, dental implants, dentures, partials, and bridges among many other dental services. Dr. Alrubie can help you correct any cosmetic dental problems that you may have and even redesign your smile, so you can smile with confidence.