Cosmetic Dentistry: Improve Your Best Asset, Your Smile
Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way. There are a number of cosmetic dental techniques your dentist at Alabama Family Dentistry can use to improve your smile, including whitening and brightening, reshaping, increasing length, eradicating gaps, veneers, and restoration of worn teeth. The desired effects and condition of your teeth may dictate the type of procedure to enhance your smile.
Whitening and Brightening
Tooth whitening, is a popular chemical practice that offers noticeable results in less than an hour. Results are not permanent but can last for a year or more depending on personal habits. Available to you at Alabama Family Dentistry are in-office or home tooth whitening procedures that correct discoloration of the tooth. We offer Zoom! Whitening system at all of our Alabama Family Dentistry locations. This in-office bleaching system uses a laser to activate crystals in a translucent lightening gel applied to the teeth. Energy from the light is absorbed, allowing the bleaching agents to penetrate the tooth enamel. After being fitted for a mouth brace to comfortably hold your mouth open, and a protectant applied to your lips and gums, the gel and light are activated in three 15 minute increments. Your new smile is visible within one hour. Also offered is an at-home whitening kit with customized fitted upper and lower mouth trays and whitening gel. Your home whitening regimen lasts for two to four weeks of daily sessions depending on the shade you desire. Our offices provide the kits and instructions, prepare the customized trays, and include the follow-up visits.
If your teeth are misshapen, chipped, or discolored you may want to consider this cosmetic procedure. Veneers can make your teeth beautiful and perfectly white. Veneers are a thin covering that are designed to place over the front (visible) part of your tooth.
Do you have some minor imperfections in your smile? If you have chipped, cracked, overlapping, or crooked teeth, Alabama Family Dentistry offers dental contouring, a procedure which minimizes imperfections, resulting in an immediate, yet subtle, improvement to your smile. The technique removes small amounts of tooth enamel using a sanding drill or laser to modify the shape, length, or surface the teeth. Abrasive strips shape the sides of the teeth. The final step is the application of a few millimeters of tooth-colored laminate, then smoothing and polishing the teeth.
Bonding is a popular choice to improve the appearance of your smile, lasting 7 to 11 years with proper maintenance. A tooth-colored composite resin is used to restore chipped or cracked teeth, close gaps and change the shape or color of a tooth’s surface. It can even be used as a filling for small cavities where visibility is important. After a mild etching solution is applied to the teeth to ensure bonding, an enamel-like composite material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted into shape, a high-intensity light cures the plastic, and the surface is finely polished. Depending on your particular case, bonding takes one to two hours.
At Alabama Family Dentistry, we believe you are never fully dressed without a smile. If you want to make your teeth look better, give us a call. We will work with you to give you the smile of your dreams. Our offices are conveniently located in Warrior, Gardendale, Birmingham/Acton Rd., and Sumiton. These offices also serve the communities of Morris, Mount Olive, Hoover, Empire, Crossroads, and Mountainbrook, Alabama.