Cosmetic Dentist Creating Beautiful Smiles
Studies show that the first thing someone will notice about you is your eyes – the second thing? Your smile. A warm, inviting smile can make a lasting impression and open doors you never knew existed. As general and cosmetic dentists, Dr. Maslow and team offer a wide range of treatments, from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers that can change how you feel about your smile.
Imagine how your social life would change after a smile makeover – you can pose for pictures with confidence, laugh out loud in groups of friends, and meet new people without worrying about your teeth. This is what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. We’ve seen it happen again and again – patients who invest in their smiles see returns ten-fold.
Learn about the possibilities for your smile by reviewing our cosmetic dentistry services. Dr. Maslow and team invite you to look at actual photos of our patients, as well, so you can see the difference a smile makeover can make in a patient’s appearance and self-confidence.
Unevenly spaced, broken, or stained teeth are less than ideal, but with simple, comfortable cosmetic bonding, we can transform your flawed teeth to a picture-perfect smile in just one visit to our office. Single visit dental bonding offers a cosmetic solution similar to porcelain veneers that requires less time and protects your natural dental structure, since we typically do not need to remove any healthy tooth enamel to accommodate the bonding material. Instead, we apply the putty-like resin directly onto the tooth or teeth to be treated. Once we shape this tooth-colored material into position, we use a curing light to harden the bonding material onto the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth, leaving you with a flawless smile in just one visit.
It's an exciting time for cosmetic dentistry. Advances in materials and bonding methods have resulted in more natural-looking enhancements than ever, and porcelain veneers are at the forefront of this breakthrough. These thin sheaths of porcelain can instantly transform cracked, stained, and misaligned teeth into flawless smiles that will perfectly complement your facial features.
In the past, changing the shape, size, and alignment of teeth required invasive dental work. Hollywood stars of yesteryear even went to such extreme lengths as extracting all of their teeth and replacing them with cosmetic dentures. Porcelain veneers have changed all that. These extremely thin porcelain casings actually strengthen teeth once bonded, they reflect light like natural tooth enamel, they resist stains, and they allow the dentist to completely change the look of your smile.
Often called instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers can be placed in just two office visits. At your initial appointment, we decide upon a design, which may include the new color, shape, and size of your teeth. Dr. Maslow can create models to help you visualize the results. Then, we prepare the teeth by gently buffing the enamel to accommodate the new veneers. Once your custom-made veneers arrive, we attach them in a second appointment.
Veneers can make achieving your smile goals a reality for any patient. Visit Diamond Beach Dental for a cosmetic consultation and learn what porcelain veneers can do for your smile.
Metal Free Restorations
In addition to repairing dental damage and decay, crowns and other restorations crafted from high quality metal-free materials can also provide a purely cosmetic enhancement for your smile. All-ceramic restorations offer the most cosmetic smile repair solution, and they are almost always recommended for those patients who have damaged teeth that are immediately visible within the smile line. Unlike other treatment options, all-ceramic crowns and bridges are the only option that is completely safe for those patients who suffer from metal allergies or sensitivity. We use only the highest quality materials to craft all of our dental restorations, and each of the materials we provide has unique advantages. However, when it comes to providing superior cosmetic restoration that will retain its natural appearance for years to come, all-ceramic crowns are the best option.
Apart from using a quality ceramic, the restoration process is the same. We prepare the tooth or teeth by removing enough surface enamel to allow the crown to fit within the natural smile line. Then, we capture bite impressions that will be used by our lab to create your custom crown. Finally, we place a temporary to protect your tooth. Once we receive your custom, all-ceramic restoration, you’ll return to our office where we’ll exchange your temporary for the custom solution.
Do you have darkly colored metal-amalgam fillings that mar your otherwise beautiful smile? These traditional dental restorations offered patients durable solutions for tooth decay or damage, but they don’t look great. Additionally, these fillings are crafted outside of the mouth and held in place by wedges carved into healthy dental structure. Over time, the filling can shift, bacteria can infiltrate the space between the filling and tooth enamel, and many of these fillings need to be replaced.
This is why we typically use tooth-colored, composite resin fillings. These fillings are crafted from a mixture of silicon dioxide and plastic. Composite can be shaded to match your natural smile, and we even use this material for smile enhancement as part of cosmetic bonding. In addition to the improved appearance, composite resin fillings also offer oral health advantages. Most significantly, this treatment option is more conservative because no healthy dental structure needs to be removed before we place the filling.
What do tobacco, blueberries, and soy sauce have in common? They all stain our teeth! In fact, natural tooth enamel can range in color from yellowish to gray. Because white teeth convey youth, cleanliness, and prosperity, we recommend professional teeth whitening for anyone wanting to instantly improve their appearance and boost their self-confidence.
Professional whitening is backed by over 20 years of research and approved by the FDA as safe and effective. Dr. Maslow will examine your teeth, searching for cavities and other problems, to ensure whitening is safe for you.