Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntingdon
At Modern Family Dentistry, we want you to love your smile. Our cosmetic procedures focus on improving the appearance of your teeth, gums, and smile. However, it’s important to note that these treatments also improve your oral health. We seek to understand your goals for smile improvement and devise a treatment plan to achieve them.
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Our Comprehensive Services
Many people have concerns about their oral health. If you have teeth that are damaged, misaligned, misshapen, or crowded, we can help. Before creating your treatment plan, we take the time to understand your concerns. With this information, we can discuss all the treatment options available to you.
What is Invisalign?
The idea of getting braces can be discouraging. The good news is you can still have the smile of your dreams without a mouth full of metal brackets and wires. Invisalign clear aligners are a more appealing and convenient option for many people.
Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear aligners. Each set of aligners is custom-made to your treatment plan, and the number varies for individuals. We map your aligners ahead of time, and each aligner makes a slight adjustment to your teeth’s position by applying controlled force, moving teeth gently. You wear each aligner for two weeks before switching to the next in the treatment series.
Who Can Use Invisalign?
There is a host of factors that come into play in determining whether Invisalign aligners are suitable for you. They can correct gapped and crowded teeth as well as underbite, overbite, and crossbite. However, they are only suitable for mild to moderate cases and may recommend metal braces for severe misalignment.
Benefits of Invisalign Clear Aligners
Out of the many teeth straightening treatments available, clear aligners like Invisalign are the most popular. These customized aligners allow you to eat, work, and engage in social activities without any worries. Other benefits include:
- Invisible Appearance - These braces are clear; meaning they don’t detract from your face or smile. This is quite convenient for professionals who are not comfortable wearing metal brackets and wires.
- Comfort - These trays are made from smooth plastic, making them more comfortable than metal braces. They don’t have sharp edges and are custom-made to fit your mouth.
- Improved Cleanliness - These trays are removable, and when you want to brush and floss your teeth, you just remove them and pop them back in once finished. You can also clean the trays by rinsing or brushing them with your toothbrush.
- Do Not Limit Your Diet - Food restrictions are the worst part of dental treatments. When using metallic braces, some of your favorite foods may be off-limits, which can adversely affect you for the period of treatment. However, this isn’t the case with Invisalign. You simply remove the trays and eat whatever you like.
- Saves Time - With Invisalign, you spend less time at our office since you only need to visit occasionally for Dr. Andrew to assess your progress. Traditional braces require more time and appointments.
Brighten Your Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening
There are several reasons why you may need to have your teeth whitened. Everyone is unique, and just like the color of our skin and hair varies, so do our teeth. Very few people have naturally sparkly white teeth. Teeth naturally get discolored as we get older. Smoking is a significant cause of tooth stains.
Food and beverages such as coffee, tea, and wine also stain teeth. The accumulation of tartar also changes the color of your teeth, as well as prolonged use of antibiotics. Tiny cracks on your enamel can also absorb particles that cause stains.
What is In-Office Whitening?
Professional bleaching is the most common method of teeth whitening. Our dental team will determine if you’re a suitable candidate for this treatment. First, a protective shield is placed on your gums to protect them. A whitening gel agent is then applied to your teeth in 15-minute increments until they become brighter.
The active ingredient in the bleaching agent is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As this ingredient breaks down, oxygen gets into your enamel, changing the color of your teeth. A laser can also be used to activate the bleaching agent. The light speeds up the reaction, and the change in color is achieved more quickly. Laser whitening whitens teeth up to five shades brighter. In-office teeth whitening takes approximately one hour and is professionally supervised for even results and minimal sensitivity. The results can last for years, but this varies from person to person.
Professional Take-Home Kits
If you prefer whitening your teeth at the comfort of your home, you can get professional home teeth-whitening kits from our office. They contain a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. They also come with custom-fitted dental trays to hold the whitening solution to the surfaces of your teeth and limit exposure to your gum area. These kits are relatively easy to use and restore the color of your teeth by getting rid of stain build-up.
Restoring Oral Health with Composite Fillings
Composite fillings have become quite popular in repairing damage caused by tooth decay and cavities. The primary reason is that they resemble the color of your natural teeth. Another main reason is that they don’t contain mercury, which can affect your health in the long-term.
Why Choose Composite Fillings?
You may prefer composite fillings for several reasons, including:
- Minimal Drilling. Placement of amalgam fillings involves the drilling of a significant portion of your natural tooth. Composite fillings don’t require the removal of a large part of your tooth, and once the filling bonds to your natural tooth, it strengthens it.
- Fills Small Spaces. Another significant benefit of composite fillings is that they bond to your original tooth and fill even the tiniest spaces.
- Repair Fix Cracks and Chips. The durability, quick-bonding, and tooth-colored appearance of composite make it ideal for repairing chips and cracks in teeth and preventing decay. This resin can also be used to create veneers, which can give your teeth a whiter appearance.
- Less Sensitivity. When compared to amalgam, composite fillings cause less tooth sensitivity. This is because the resin insulates your tooth from extreme hot or cold temperatures.
- Can Be Repaired. Composite fillings can be repaired once they start to degrade. If our dentist notices wearing in the structure of the filling, he can clean the area and fix it.
- Can Replace Amalgam. If you’re worried that amalgam fillings will negatively impact your health, our dentist can replace them with composite resin fillings.
Veneers are a quick way to restore your beautiful smile. They are perfect if you have unwanted gaps, chipped, or stained teeth. They consist of a thin layer of porcelain that recreates the natural look of your tooth while providing the strength and resilience of natural enamel. They are customized to match the contour of your enamel and bond securely.
Can I Get Veneers?
If your gums are healthy and the root of your tooth is intact, veneers are a less intrusive option when compared to braces and crowns. They are suitable for hiding unwanted gaps and minor misalignments. You can also get veneers as a cosmetic solution to enhance the brightness of your teeth and straighten your smile as well as correct chips and fractures. The most commonly used material for veneers is porcelain and composite resin. Porcelain veneers are a popular option for correcting tooth shape and color and can last for 10 to 20 years.
How Do You Care for Veneers?
Regular flossing and brushing with non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste is sufficient. You can also consider reducing caffeine and other stain-inducing foods. However, you should keep in mind that your veneers may need replacement after 10 to 15 years if you maintain proper oral hygiene and visit our team regularly.
Protect Teeth with Dental Crowns
Also referred to as a dental cap, a crown is a restoration that completely covers a tooth or implant. A crown is necessary in case of a root canal, large cavity or crack. It is bonded to the tooth using dental cement.
How Do You Know Whether You Need a Crown or Veneer?
If you have a worn or cracked tooth, a large filling, or a root canal, a crown is the best option. If your tooth is intact and the restoration is mainly for cosmetic purposes, a veneer is suitable.
What is Laser Gum Contouring?
A beautiful smile isn’t all about healthy teeth. It also includes your gums, lips, and mouth in general. Gum contouring is a surgical procedure that corrects gum deformities and the appearance of your smile.
Gummy smiles are a common problem that can cause you to be self-conscious. In most cases, gummy smiles are hereditary. If one or both of your parents have prominent gums, you are likely to have the same problem. You may also have an issue with your upper lip, which may rise excessively when you smile to reveal more of your gummy tissue. Poor dental alignment can also contribute to this.
Laser gum contouring is a significant advancement in the treatment of soft oral tissues. Rather than using a scalpel, laser gum contouring makes use of a safe surgical laser. This laser can select and remove portions of gum tissue with extreme precision. This allows our dentist to refine the appearance of your gum line and smile. This method is also used to make room for a full crown.
What are The Benefits of Laser Gum Contouring?
There are several advantages of laser gum contouring:
- Comfort. With laser gum contouring, you experience less discomfort and irritation as compared to traditional surgery.
- Less Bleeding. The laser cauterizes as it reshapes. This minimizes surgical and post-surgical bleeding.
- Minimizes Infection. The nature of the laser and minimal contact reduces the risk of infection.
- Faster Recovery. Lack of open wounds and reduced bleeding ensures speedier healing.
Creating Beautiful, Healthy Smiles in Huntingdon
Our team at Modern Family Dentistry is committed to restoring your healthy and confident smile. We assess all aspects of your smile to determine the best treatment plan and to ensure we achieve the most aesthetically pleasing result. Call today to make your appointment!
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