Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
For some time now, you’ve noticed things about your teeth and gums — your overall smile — that you would like to change. But you’re in unfamiliar territory: you don’t know where to begin.
Here, then, are a few basic cosmetic dentistry questions you should ask yourself and us to get you moving in the right direction.
Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry? Invariably, the answer is yes — there’s always a way to enhance your appearance, starting with basic hygiene or whitening. But whether you’re a candidate for a particular procedure will depend on a full examination of your mouth — a “smile analysis” — to assess its current condition and needs, and what cosmetic options would best fit those needs.
Are my expectations realistic? That will first depend on what we find with your smile analysis. It will, however, also include studying the bigger picture — how certain changes might affect not only your smile but your overall facial appearance. Your wants and desires are extremely important in this process, but they should also be balanced with a dose of reality — some things may not be in your best interest health-wise to undertake, or are not in keeping with basic aesthetic principles of beauty.
Will I be able to have an idea beforehand how the changes will look? We’ve come a long way in providing patients ways to preview their new smile before undertaking a procedure. It’s often possible to “see” your proposed smile through computer simulation, or in some cases “test drive” it with temporary (provisional) crowns or veneers. For restorations involving porcelain crowns, it may be possible to take your input and fine-tune the shape and color of the permanent crown before it’s completed.
What will it cost? This will depend on the treatment plan we develop. Some treatments like teeth whitening are relatively inexpensive, while procedures like dental implants or orthodontics are major investments. You should also consider the costs to your time — some treatments require only a single visit, while others may take months or even years to complete. Depending on your financial means and comfort level, cost will need to be factored into the final plan, as well as your expectations.
If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for a Change.”
At Ash & Roberts, DDS in Centralia, Washington, we believe in helping our patients achieve optimal dental health. However, problems can arise unexpectedly and natural teeth may need to be extracted. It's important to replace missing teeth with a dental restoration. Here, you'll learn about a few of the ways your dentists Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts use restorative devices to help their patients rejuvenate their smiles!
These removable appliances have been around a long time, providing people with an affordable way to fill in gaps left by missing teeth. Dentures come in two forms - full and partial - depending on your needs, and are designed to be taken out for cleaning and during sleep. Full dentures rely on a combination of paste and suction against the gum ridges to stay in place, while partial dentures have clasps that attach to the natural teeth on either side of the gap.
Crowns and bridges
Think of bridges like partial dentures that can't be removed, filling in a space of one or more missing teeth. Instead of metal clasps, however, bridges stay in place with the help of crowns on either side of the gap. Your Centralia dentist will prepare the natural teeth to support the crowns, which are typically made from porcelain and match perfectly with the rest of your teeth. The combination of crowns and bridges typically lasts about 10 to 15 years before needing adjustment, reattachment, or replacement.
For both dentists and patients, the preferred way to replace missing teeth is with dental implants. That's because dental implants are the most secure and low-maintenance restoration available today. Your Centralia dentist implants a tiny post in the space where a missing tooth once resided, attaching a realistic-looking and feeling crown on top once the post has integrated itself into the jawbone. If you take care of your implants, you can expect them to last two decades or longer.
To make an appointment with either Dr. Ash or Dr. Roberts, call our Centralia, Washington office today!
June is the month when lots of important events happen—like weddings, graduations, and family get-togethers. When the weather turns balmy and the days get longer, it’s the perfect time for a celebration…and today it’s easier than ever to capture those special moments in pictures that will be treasured for years to come. Are you ready for your close-up?
Both professional photographers and dentists want to help you look your best when you’re smiling for the camera. Here are a few suggestions from both kinds of pros for capturing a great-looking smile.
Tilt your head just a bit
Instead of looking straight at the camera, try turning or tilting your head slightly. This often presents a more flattering angle, and can hide small facial asymmetries. If your face has a “good side” (you can check by looking in a mirror), be sure to make it visible. But even if your head is tilted or turned, your eyes should be looking at the camera.
Moisten teeth before the shutter clicks
A sparkly smile is the most appealing one. Just before the picture is snapped, run your tongue over your teeth to give them a little extra shine. Highlights in the teeth, lips and eyes add liveliness to your portrait.
Relax—Don’t clench your teeth!
It’s better to smile naturally—perhaps with teeth slightly parted, or lips in a more relaxed position—than to force yourself to make an artificial-looking grin. Try recalling things that make you joyful, or think of people you care about, and chances are your natural smile will shine out.
Have your teeth professionally cleaned at the dental office
Before the big event, you can ensure that your smile looks its best with a professional cleaning at our office. This treatment removes layers of plaque and tartar on visible tooth surfaces, as well as between teeth and under the gumline. It not only makes teeth look their best, but it’s also an effective way to fight tooth decay and gum disease. And while you’re here, it’s the perfect time to talk about any cosmetic issues that may be troubling you about your smile. With treatments like teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or dental veneers, we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about professional teeth cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, please call our office to schedule a consultation.
How cosmetic dentistry from your dentists in Centralia can rejuvenate your smile
If you want to show off your best possible smile, there is a cosmetic dental procedure designed just for you. Cosmetic dentistry has revolutionized what can be done to improve your smile. Fortunately, you can take advantage of a world of cosmetic dentistry options that can help you achieve a smile to be proud of. Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts in Centralia, WA want to introduce you to just a few of the services available to enhance your smile.
A professional teeth whitening treatment can change a smile from dull to brilliant in about an hour. Professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile up to 8 shades whiter and provide results that can last up to an amazing 5 years! You can choose from a speedy in-office treatment that can be done during your lunch hour, or a convenient take-home kit that makes it possible to whiten whenever you want in the privacy of your home.
Small chips, cracks, and defects in your teeth aren't a problem. They can be hidden away with a dental bonding treatment. Dental bonding uses a liquid resin material called composite that can be matched to your teeth perfectly. Composite is also used for tooth-colored fillings, the natural-looking alternative to old, unsightly metal fillings. Whether you need a bonding treatment to repair cosmetic issues, or a filling to treat tooth decay, the composite can enhance your smile because it is virtually invisible.
Porcelain veneers are the choice to make if you want to change your smile dramatically. Veneers are thin coverings of sparkling porcelain that can hide small and large cracks, tooth wear, erosion, and other issues that bother you about your smile. If you have gaps in your smile, veneers can help close the gaps. If you have tooth overlap or poorly positioned teeth, porcelain veneers can cosmetically correct alignment problems.
Cosmetic dental services can improve your smile, increasing your self-esteem and confidence. Dr. Ash and Dr. Roberts in Centralia, WA want to share the world of cosmetic dentistry with you. Show off your best possible smile by calling today!
Do people keep telling you that you should smile more? If you're unhappy with the way your teeth look, you probably do your best to keep them out of sight. Cosmetic dentistry procedures offer solutions that will transform your smile, no matter what types of dental issues affect your teeth. Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts at Ash & Roberts, DDS in Centralia, WA, discuss a few procedures that will change the way you feel about your smile.
Porcelain veneers are a good option if a small section of your tooth enamel has begun to chip away or if small cracks crisscross the surface of your tooth. Veneers, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain, are placed over the fronts of your teeth to conceal the little things that make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Whether you're concerned about dull teeth or don't like the noticeable space between your front teeth, you'll want to consider this versatile option. If you're concerned about a small flaw on the front of a tooth, ask Dr. Ash and Dr. Roberts about veneers the next time you visit their Centralia office.
Did you enjoy playing with Play-Doh when you were a kid? Because the modeling compound was so soft, you could create everything from elephants to tiny buildings with it. Unfortunately, if you forgot to put the Play-Doh back in the can, you woke up the next morning to discover that it had turned rock hard.
Composite bonding works much the same way Play-Doh does. Dr. Ash and Dr. Roberts shape soft composite resin to repair damaged areas of your teeth, hide discolored teeth or improve the shape or length of teeth. After the resin is applied to your teeth, a hardening light cures it in less than a minute. Because composite resin is available in shades designed to match common tooth colors, the treated area will blend in with your smile perfectly.
A weak tooth can become a broken tooth with just one bite. Crowns prevent weak or cracked teeth from breaking and also change the appearance of your teeth. If a tooth has already broken, it may be possible to restore it with a crown. Crowns fit over teeth snugly and offer excellent protection on all four sides. Although porcelain is commonly used to create crowns, they're also available in gold, metal alloys and resin.
Isn't it time you showed your smile a little love? Call Dr. Ash and Dr. Roberts at Ash & Roberts, DDS in Centralia, WA, at (360) 736-8380 to find out which cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you.