The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine states that teeth whitening is a super popular cosmetic dental treatment. Like so many Americans, you may desire a brighter, whiter smile, or you wish to correct flaws such as large chips, gaps, pitting and other smile detractors. Dr. Laura Gramse, your Springfield, MA cosmetic dentist, loves to enhance the smiles of healthy teens and adults. Learn here about her most sought-after procedures: professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and composite resin bonding.
The cosmetic dentistry consultation
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says that opinions vary as to what makes a smile beautiful. Is it perfect tooth alignment, bright white color, little to no exposed gum tissue or something else? Honestly, smile aesthetics are never objective, and so Dr. Gramse wants to understand your goals before starting any cosmetic treatment.
So your cosmetic dentist asks her patients to come to her Springfield office for a comprehensive exam and X-rays to make sure your mouth is healthy. If it is, you can discuss how you wish to enhance your teeth and gums. Often, patients start with just one cosmetic improvement and then may add others to complete their makeovers. However, a big point of this consultation is that doctor and patient fully agree on how a smile will look when the treatments are complete.
Common cosmetic procedures
Professional teeth whitening The most popular cosmetic dental service, according to the AACD, teeth whitening removes stains from foods and beverages, poor dental hygiene, prescription medications and smoking. Safer and more effective than strips, rinses and toothpastes purchased online or over the counter, in-office teeth whitening bleaches away discolorations in a single dental visit. Your cosmetic dentist makes sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening. She strongly recommends diligent brushing and flossing at home and six-month cleanings at her office to keep those pearly whites dazzling.
Porcelain veneers These tooth-shaped dental laminates disguise teeth that have cosmetic flaws such as chips, cracks, deep stains which cannot be whitened, gaps and even overcrowding. Bonded in place tooth by tooth, veneers permanently resurface teeth and even strengthen enamel. Lasting for ten years or more, veneers provide a great alternative to mild orthodontic correction and to dental crowns which require substantial reshaping of tooth structure.
Composite resin bonding Dr. Gramse recommends bonding for a myriad of small defects. Applied, sculpted and hardened with a curing light, bonded surfaces look very natural. Also, they are strong, being made of a mixture of color-matched acrylic and glass particles.
Make your smile outstanding
Dr. Gramse and her team would love to help you meet your smile goals. For more information about cosmetic dentistry options, contact the office to arrange your personal consultation in Springfield, MA. Call (413) 783-6907.