Today, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, from whitening and shaping of teeth to closing spaces and replacing teeth completely. At Northgate Dental, we have a wide array of tools and techniques at our disposal for improving the look of your smile. Of course good oral health involves daily brushing and flossing and going to your dentist twice a year. These alone can do a lot to improve your smile. And aside from your dentist checking for cavities and oral diseases and doing routine cleaning, here are some ideas to improve your smile even more.
1) Same Day Crowns
A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. At Northgate Dental, we are proud to offer Cerec Same Day Crowns. This new technology has been a great convenience to our patients, allowing them to avoid the 2-3 week wait for their crown to return from the lab. We create a strong, customized, tooth-colored ceramic restoration right here in our office during your appointment.
Veneers are custom-made wafer-thin shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. Unlike bonding, it is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate the shell. Based on a model of your mouth, they are meant to look like your natural teeth. People love the end result and Veneers are one of the most popular solutions to imperfect teeth.
3) Whitening Options
When it comes to getting a whiter and brighter smile, there are a variety of teeth-whitening products you can try. Your main options are in-office bleaching or at-home bleaching. We recommend you always look for a whitening product that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Before starting any whitening treatment, we recommend speaking with your dentist, who will tell you what, if any, whitening procedures will work best for you. Here are the options:
- Whitening Toothpastes: are helpful but can only remove surface stains and do not contain bleach and lighten the tooth’s color by about one shade
- Light-activated bleaching techniques: can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter
- Other Whitening Options: Check out this range of teeth whitening options on our website
4) Dental Bonding
Not happy with the way your teeth look? Bonding may be the answer. For some, it can help restore the natural look of your teeth. Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied to the tooth surface and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth. Your natural tooth enamel and dentin are fused together to create a strong structure that looks great.
Dental implants are a procedure that replace damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones. Dental implant surgery can offer a welcome alternative to bridgework or dentures that don’t fit well. Surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. Made of titanium and other materials, implants are designed to hold restorations (like crowns or bridges) and to blend in with your other teeth.
6) To Avoid Yellow Teeth Try This
Have your pearly whites lost their luster? Tired of yellow looking teeth? It’s a common complaint we hear from our patients. If a food or beverage can leave a permanent stain on clothing, it will stain your teeth as well. Avoid this list for whiter teeth:
- No Cigarettes, Cigars and Chewing Tobacco, they are the worst offenders
- Limit your Coffee, Tea, and Colas, these are culprits as well
- Watch out for grape juice, red wine, sports drinks and popsicles which can stain teeth
- Fruits such as blueberries, blackberries and strawberries leave residue
- Processed foods and snacks use coloring chemicals that are bad for teeth
Our Practice Is Built Around Your Smile
A beautiful and healthy smile is just around the corner at Northgate Dental. To discover which teeth whitening or dental procedure is best for you please contact us. We will be more than glad to help with any advice we can. Or if you prefer, request an appointment and receive a free consultation. We look forward to improving your smile, and your health.