Cosmetic Dentistry Services in Edson
How we feel about ourselves matters, and this applies to our teeth as much as any other part of our body. Our teeth are central to our appearance, and they are visible throughout the day as we interact with people in our communities. Historically, dentistry has focused on the health and function of the teeth, and as our ability to maintain good oral health has changed with time, our expectations have also changed.
Family Dental Health is proud to offer cosmetic services to our patients. We understand the psychological as well as the social benefits that being proud of your smile can offer.
Long ago, dentists were the professionals that primarily saw patients who were suffering acute ailments related to the teeth. Today, we understand the value of oral hygiene and competent dental care. This has resulted in more people than ever keeping most of their permanent teeth for the duration of their lives. This increased focus on healthy smiles has brought with it a heightened awareness of each of our teeth and their appearance.
A focus on the cosmetic appearance of our teeth has led to increased demand for cosmetic services to be routinely available to patients who want to make the most of their appearance. Teeth whitening, corrective appliances and procedures such as bridges and veneers are more in demand than ever.
Dental crowns have long been used to support the structure of a decayed or damage tooth to protect it from infection, breakage or removal. While this remains an integral part of most dentist’s offerings, the use of crowns for cosmetic purposes is increasingly popular.
A dental crown is also referred to as a ‘cap’, because it covers the entire surface of the tooth right down to where the tooth meets with the gums. The full coverage offered by a dental crown provides opportunity to restore the appearance of the full presentation of a tooth. Dental crowns are placed onto a prepared tooth in a customized colour and shape. Where the natural tooth has become discoloured over time due to trauma or restorations, crowns offer a seamless full-coverage solution.
Dental bridges have traditionally been used to eliminate gaps caused by lost teeth and have been anchored to dental crowns at each side. The functional and esthetic benefits of dental bridges cannot be denied and filling a previously empty section along the teeth is only the start. Dental bridges often improve speech issues which can develop as a result of missing teeth where teeth are required to properly enunciate. The functional properties of the mouth are positively impacted by the implementation of dental bridges, as chewing becomes more effective and more efficient.
New technology allows dental implants to anchor bridges, for a kind of stability that is otherwise achievable only in natural teeth. The benefit of anchoring bridges to implants means that your jaw is getting stimulated every time you chew, just like nature intended. This stimulation keeps jaw structure and density maintained, so that the potential risk of jaw resorption is minimized. Your implant-supported bridge will provide stability and esthetic value for the long-term.
Crowns and bridges are excellent procedures for addressing esthetics around the entire surface of the tooth or pontics (prosthetic teeth). Some patients, however, do not require a full-surface solution to their teeth and they may opt for veneers as an alternative.
Veneers are an excellent way to reshape the side of the tooth that is visible to those we interact with. A veneer can be visualized as a ‘cap’ placed on the outer surface of a tooth only. Veneers can be offered to one or many teeth and are designed to blend with adjacent teeth. We partner with you to produce a veneer in a customized colour and shape.
In-clinic or take-home whitening systems are available through our clinic in clinical strengths to maximize the likelihood of a marked effect. If you have questions about whether teeth whitening is for you, be sure to ask your dental professional at your next appointment!
Many patients are interested in straightening the teeth, but the idea of wearing traditional braces for several years is not something they want to endure. If this sounds like you, come in and talk with us about what Invisalign® Therapy could do for you. Invisalign® is the first orthodontic alignment system that straightens using aligners that are virtually invisible.
If crooked teeth have been a source of dissatisfaction, traditional braces are an orthodontic therapy which can correct tooth alignment. Braces are orthodontic appliances which are cemented to the teeth and adjusted regularly to bring the teeth into proper alignment. If you or a member of your family is considering braces, come in and talk to our knowledgeable dental professionals about whether this is the best option for you.