Cosmetic Dentistry

Your Smile Makeover May Be Just One Treatment Away

A smile makeover often describes a series of procedures that are tailored to address your smile’s cosmetic concerns in the most conservative and effective way possible. The treatments involved in the plan depend on your specific dental needs and preferences. Therefore, if you have several concerns with your smile’s appearance, then you might automatically believe that your makeover must be a complicated one. However, you may be surprised to learn that your smile makeover could be a single treatment away, especially if all of your smile’s concerns can be addressed with one or more porcelain veneers.

2 Reasons Your Dentist Might Recommend Porcelain Veneers

When it comes to your quality of life, your teeth are important for things like biting and chewing properly and enunciating your words clearly. When it comes to the quality of your smile, your teeth are the main attraction, and their appearance is important to your level of self-confidence. For many patients, the appearance of their teeth can be affected by several different issues at once, which is one reason why porcelain veneers are so popular. Today, we examine two common reasons why your dentist might recommend porcelain veneers for improving your smile.

Have a Gummy Smile? See if Lasers Can Fix It

When you have excessive or uneven gum tissues covering your teeth, the visual effects can dramatically impact your smile’s appearance. Known as a gummy smile, the condition can also lead to increased risks of gum disease, which results from oral bacteria gathering underneath your gum tissues. To correct a gummy smile, your dentist may recommend cosmetic gum contouring, the process of gently and artistically reshaping your gum line. At our office, we employ advanced laser technology to perform laser gum contouring, which offers a faster, more comfortable procedure with significantly more precise results.

Can Bonding Fix the Chip in Your Tooth?

Sometimes, a chipped tooth can be a characteristic aspect of a smile. Yet, even when it seems like no big deal, a chipped tooth could lead to more serious dental health issues if it isn’t fixed. Choosing the right treatment to restore your tooth will depend on the extent of the damage, and in many cases, tooth bonding is the ideal solution. Using tooth-colored composite resin, your dentist can replace the part of your tooth that was chipped off, restoring your smile’s appearance and helping you avoid further tooth damage.

Know More About Professional Teeth-Whitening

You may not immediately notice when your teeth begin to lose some of their brilliance. Over time, though, stains and discoloration can become increasingly more obvious. Fortunately, you may be able to brighten your teeth and restore your smile’s brilliance with a custom, professional teeth-whitening treatment. At our office, we provide a choice of whitening options, including a personalized take-home kit and the advanced, in-office KöR deep bleaching system. With the right treatment, you can eliminate obvious stains and smile confidently again in no time.

How To Avoid A Whitening Obsession

Do you ever look at your smile in the mirror after you’ve just watched a movie and wondered why your teeth look so dim compared to the smiles of the movie stars you’ve just seen on screen? Perhaps you pore over the pages of magazines, you see celebrities’ glowing grins online all the time, and you wish your teeth looked so beautiful! Unfortunately, when you decide you want very, very white teeth, it can lead to a teeth whitening obsession if you’re not careful. If you are careful, however, it can lead to a beautiful, healthy smile. Consider our suggestions.

Cosmetic Dentistry Quiz: Do You Know Your Options?

Do you know about the cosmetic dentistry options you have at your disposal? If you want to make changes that will positively impact the beauty of your smile, are you certain about what you can achieve and what it will take to help you arrive at that final finish line of an exceptional grin? Not entirely sure? No worries. We’ve got the assessment (and details) you’re looking for all in a quick little quiz.

Craze Lines: The Fast Facts You Want

Do you have very small fissures in your smile that only you can see? When it seems like your tooth has a minor crack in it that’s extremely slim and small and difficult to see (but you can most certainly see it in the mirror) then you might not know what’s going on. In most cases, what you’re seeing is an esthetic issue we call a craze line. Not sure if it’s something you need to address, if it’s hazardous, or otherwise? We’re happy to fill you in with the answers!

3 Problems With DIY Whitening

There are few things more attractive than discovering ways to do something yourself, to do it at a reduced rate, and to get results with ease. While we understand the reason you may swoon when you learn about DIY teeth whitening options, we are here to be the bearers of disappointing new: It’s not what you think. “But I’ve seen pictures of improvement!” you might say. Well, just like the Internet promises whiter teeth with the use of whatever you have in your cabinets and refrigerator, it also includes a multitude of digitally enhanced images. Now, about those reasons to avoid DIY methods.

Dental Contouring: The Exciting Advantages

If you’re in the market for a better looking smile and you wish you could just remove just a little dental tissue from the problem area, you might be looking for dental contouring. This is a cosmetic treatment that we offer as a means of taking care of problems with the esthetics of your smile by smoothing them away. Want to shorten your tooth? Need to smooth out a tiny nick? Hoping to make your smile look less jagged and more uniform? This just might be what you’ve been looking for. Get a quick boost of excitement by considering some major advantages.

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Ready to fall in love with your smile, but not sure where to start? Send us a photo or a question of your smile, and Dr. Lathrop will respond!