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A smile makeover from Dr. Edward Yates's Norwich, CT, dental office could be just what you need to rejuvenate your smile and improve cosmeticyour look! Read on to learn about just a few of the cosmetic treatments that Dr. Yates uses to make patients' smiles shine!

 

Teeth Whitening

Over the years, factors like age, smoking, and coffee consumption all cause teeth to become discolored. Luckily, this in-office procedure is a time-effective way to make your smile brilliantly white again! During treatment, our dentist covers sensitive oral tissues and uses a retractor device to get lips and cheeks out of the way during the procedure. A strong whitening agent is applied on the surface of your teeth and removes dental stains.

 

Veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain caps that are used to resurface damaged teeth. To apply them, your Norwich dentist removes enamel from the surface of your teeth, a permanent process, before cementing the veneers on the surface. This oral restoration fixes stained or discolored teeth that have been ruined due to poor hygiene and harmful habits. Veneers also fix teeth that are misshapen, crooked, worn, or chipped, as well as provide correction for uneven surfaces and spacing. With veneers, your teeth will feel smooth, even, and properly aligned!

 

Dentures

Dentures are removable oral appliances that are used to replace missing teeth. Made from acrylic resin, these oral appliances are an economically priced restoration for people who have lost their teeth because of decay, gum disease, and/or injury. There are several types of dentures: complete dentures, partial dentures, overdentures, and partial removable dentures. Dentures improve chewing and bite function, boost speech capabilities, and provide facial support.

 

Does your smile need a little help to look its best? If so, give us a call!

If you want to speak to a dentist about improving your smile, then you should call our Norwich, CT, office at (860) 889-6445 today to book an appointment!

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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

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Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

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Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.

Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.

The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.

In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.

To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.

Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.

If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.

If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry
January 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

There are a number of cosmetic dental procedures that can give you the smile you want. Procedures such as Invisalign, dental implants, cosmetic dentistryveneers, sealants and teeth whitening can all dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth and your smile. A dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry can help you determine which procedures will best suit your needs. At Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry, Dr. Edward Yates, is your Norwich, CT, cosmetic dentistry expert.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a modern alternative to traditional metal braces for straightening teeth. Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear trays made of soft plastic. Since the trays are clear, they are practically invisible. Additionally, unlike metal braces, which are glued or cemented onto the teeth, Invisalign trays are removable. Patients can remove the clear trays when eating to prevent food particles from getting stuck. The trays can also be removed when brushing and flossing, making it easier to thoroughly clean teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants replace missing teeth and their roots. Unlike other tooth replacement options, like dentures, dental implants are permanently affixed in place and will not come loose or slip out of place. There are three parts to a dental implant: implant, abutment and crown. The implant serves as the tooth’s root and is drilled into the jawbone below the gum line. The crown serves as a replacement tooth and sits above the gum line. The abutment joins the two together and is not visible once everything has been installed.

Veneers

Veneers are thin covers attached to the front surface of a tooth to conceal chips, stains and other imperfections. Dental veneers are typically made from porcelain or plastic that is color matched to a patient’s surrounding teeth so that the veneers blend in. Veneers are custom made for each patient by taking a mold of the patient’s teeth. When the veneers are ready, they are applied to the teeth with a permanent dental adhesive so that they will not fall off. Once installed, veneers look just like natural teeth

Sealants

Another cosmetic dentistry option in Norwich is a dental sealant. A dental sealant is a clear thin coating that is applied to the surfaces of molars or the back teeth. The sealant functions as a protective cover that prevents food particles from getting stuck in the grooves of teeth, which would ultimately lead to tooth decay.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is an excellent method for brightening up teeth that have become dull, discolored or stained. In as little as one or two professional treatments, patients can achieve the desired level of whitening. Further, results can last for several years before additional treatments are needed.

There are many cosmetic dentistry procedures available to correct a variety of dental problems. Some patients need just one specific procedure, while others can benefit from undergoing several cosmetic dentistry procedures. Dr. Yates is your cosmetic dentistry expert in Norwich, CT. To schedule an appointment with him, contact Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry at (860) 889-6445.