Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways that cosmetic care can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth, stained or discolored teeth, and “gummy” smiles. Dr. Watson and Dr. Jarrell will create a customized treatment plan just for you, based on your age, goals, and your comfort level financially.
Imagine a whiter, more brilliant smile! Placement of porcelain veneers is a conservative cosmetic treatment that makes a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth. If you have crooked teeth, chipped teeth, gaps in teeth or dull/stained teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution. Watson Family Dentistry will skillfully create a straight, brilliant smile that enhances your appearance and your self-esteem.
Tooth Whitening – At Home
You can have the confidence that comes from a bright, white smile. If you are happy with the alignment and spacing of your teeth, a teeth whitening procedure may be all that separates you from a dazzling smile. Teeth whitening is safe, effective, and long lasting. Your home-whitening kit involves a special tray that is customized to fit over your teeth in order to evenly disperse prescription whitening gel, which is inserted into the tray before you wear it. You can expect the entire home-whitening process to take between two and four weeks, leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile. With home whitening, you can reuse your trays to touch up your smile whenever it needs a little boost. If you are thinking of other cosmetic improvements, such as crowns, porcelain veneers, or replacing old discolored fillings, consider whitening your teeth first. Any future restorations will be matched to your whitened teeth, giving you fantastic results.
Lumineers® are similar to porcelain veneers in that they are a cosmetic enhancement that is affixed to the front surfaces of your teeth. However, they require less tooth preparation than veneers and can be more comfortable during the treatment process. Lumineers® are durable, lasting up to 20 years. They are also reversible, unlike traditional veneers. Ask a Watson Family Dentistry team member if you are a good candidate for Lumineers®.
If you’ve lost a tooth, a large gap in your smile can create significant problems for your dental health if left uncorrected. Gradually, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to chew efficiently in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain, and more problems in the future. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth, or pontic, is fused between the crowns. Fixed bridges literally “bridge the gap” in your smile. Dr. Watson and Dr. Jarrell create a functional, life-like bridge to correct your smile, restore your bite, and alleviate your discomfort.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Dr. Watson and Dr. Jarrell use a tooth-like crown made of porcelain to restore your tooth after the decay has been removed. Crowns are also used to restore chipped teeth, broken teeth, gaps in teeth and other damage. Also called “caps,” porcelain crowns mimic natural-looking teeth in both shape and color.
Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured or discolored teeth? You may be a good candidate for composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned-out portion of the tooth. However, with new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a long-lasting, brighter, whiter smile. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration.
Bonding is a tooth-colored material applied and adhered to the surface of the tooth, often without reducing the structure of the tooth. The bonding material is sculpted by Dr. Watson and Dr. Jarrell so it resembles a natural tooth, correcting chipped, broken, stained/ discolored teeth, and in some cases gaps. While it is less of an investment than porcelain veneers, bonding does not last as long and can sometimes become stained from foods and beverages. We encourage you to come in and talk with the Watson Family Dentistry team about your options.
Do you have a “gummy” smile? If so, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic contouring of your gum tissue. Dr. Watson and Dr. Jarrell can give you a more aesthetic appearance when you smile by shaping and sculpting your gums. This procedure can make a dramatic difference in the look of your smile – especially when combined with other cosmetic dentistry procedures.