Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
If you could change one of your physical features, what would it be? For many people, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the answer is their smiles. If you agree, why not let Dr. JW Valentine at Eagle Creek Dentistry in Naples, FL rejuvenate your smile? He offers many tailor-made treatments which improve the size, shape, color and alignment of healthy teeth.
Your best smile
You had it years ago, but time and a chip or two have marred its appearance. Plus, your tooth enamel has taken on some stains--probably from your morning coffee. Could cosmetic dentistry help you?
Together, you and Dr. Valentine can discuss your smile goals--in other words, what you would like to change and how your dentist can meet those needs. When you come to a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Eagle Creek Dentistry, Dr. Valentine will perform a complete oral examination to confirm your gums and teeth are healthy. Then, considering your aesthetic goals, he'll suggest ways to create your best possible smile.
Dr. Valentine and his team use the latest in imaging techniques (intraoral cameras and DEXIS digital X-rays, as examples) to put together your treatment plan. Restorative and cosmetic materials are of the highest quality, and you can rely on Dr. Valentine's years of experience and his artistic skills to remake your smile beautifully. Your treatments will last with your good oral hygiene habits at home.
Cosmetic services include:
- At-home professional teeth whitening, a supervised and effective treatment which improves tooth color by several shades
- Porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays, to restored decayed and damaged teeth to full strength and natural aesthetics
- Orthodontics, to align teeth and correct bite for long-term health and smile aesthetics
- Porcelain veneers, to disguise the front side of teeth marred by chips, cracks, pits, gaps, mild overcrowding and more
Additionally, Dr. Valentine offers dental implants and tooth-colored fillings, restorative services which complete and strengthen smiles. They have the added benefit of beautification, too.
At Eagle Creek Dentistry, we take every aspect of your oral health very seriously--including how your smile looks and makes you feel. To arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Valentine, please contact the office at (239) 417-6453.
In summer, there is no shortage of occasions to show off your smile. Whether attending a wedding, graduation celebration, family reunion or neighborhood barbecue, you’ll want to look your best. But if your smile doesn’t shine as brightly as you’d like, a trip to the dental office may just be the confidence-booster you’re looking for. Here are some popular techniques to enhance your smile:
Teeth cleaning. A professional cleaning can make your mouth feel fresh and add sparkle to your smile. The dental hygienist uses special tools to get rid of plaque and tartar that you cannot remove during your oral hygiene routine at home. In addition, hygienists use a tooth-polishing tool that removes surface stains.
Professional whitening. Professional teeth whitening can achieve excellent results in one short office visit. But if you have several weeks before the big event on your calendar, you can also get winning results at home using custom-made whitening trays from the dental office. Either way, your smile can sparkle at summer celebrations.
Cosmetic bonding. If your teeth have small chips or cracks, cosmetic bonding may be a good option for you. In bonding, tooth-colored material is shaped to the tooth and hardened with a curing light. The procedure—generally done in one office visit without anesthesia—is relatively inexpensive, and the result is very natural-looking.
Porcelain veneers. If you are unhappy with the color, shape, size or spacing of your teeth, long-lasting dental veneers can give your smile a whole new look. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the tooth’s surface. Because they may be crafted in a dental lab, they may require two to three visits to the dental office over a few-week period.
With so many options, it’s easy to put your best smile forward at all your summer gatherings. We can help. If you have any questions about brightening your smile, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Porcelain Veneers.”
Even healthy teeth are vulnerable to wear and tear or accidents that can diminish the quality of your smile. From progressive staining and discolorations, minor chips and cracks, to more significant issues like missing teeth, cosmetic dentistry can play an important role in the aesthetic quality of your smile as well as your oral health. Dr. JW Valentine, a dentist in Naples, FL, offers a range of dentistry services to keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling their best.
Get a Smile Makeover with Cosmetic Dentistry in Naples, FL
Getting your own personal version of a perfect smile has never been easier or more affordable. Cosmetic dentistry treatments like porcelain veneers can change the size, shape, and color of damaged teeth in as little as a single trip to the dentist. Many people live with dental problems for years for a number of reasons, but it is never too late or too early to invest in your smile. Some of the most common cosmetic dental services include:
- Professional Teeth Whitening
- Crowns and Bridgework
- Dental Implants
- Inlays and Onlays
In many cases, cosmetic and restorative dentistry overlap. If you are missing teeth for example, not only can it ruin your smile, it can also affect your oral and even general health. But you don't have to suffer from an oral health problem like tooth loss, decay, or gum disease to invest in a better smile. Common cosmetic issues like stains from smoking or drinking coffee, spacing, or uneven teeth can take a toll on your self esteem and quality of life. A professional teeth whitening procedure or dental veneers may be all that is standing in the way of your best smile.
Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Naples, FL
A beautiful and confident smile begins with healthy teeth and gums. To learn more about the cosmetic dentistry procedure that is right for you, contact our office by calling (239) 417-6453 to schedule an appointment today.
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”