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Want to know more about cosmetic dentistry in Cedar Park, TX
Cosmetic dentistry is a fast growing area of dentistry, and with it, you can improve and repair your smile in just a few hours! Here are a few cosmetic dental procedures available from Parmer Oaks Dental Care, our dental practice located in Cedar Park.
There are several reasons your teeth become stained including age, smoking, eating certain foods, chewing tobacco, and drinking coffee and/or tea. Having discolored teeth often affects a person's self-esteem, but luckily it is a problem that your dentist can fix!
Here are two offered types of procedures that can whiten your teeth:
- In-Office Procedure: This procedure is quick and convenient. Your doctor applies a whitening gel on your teeth before exposing them to a dental light to speed up the process. Your dentist then repeats these steps several times during the hour-long procedure to get the best results.
- Take-Home Kit: If you don't have time to go to your dentist, you may need to use a doctor provided home kit. This kit consists of trays that you fill with gel and place on your upper and lower teeth. If your dental stains are severe, you may need to repeat the process.
Veneers are an aesthetic fix for unsightly teeth. They are made of thin porcelain and used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged. They fix a variety of issues, such as:
- Stained or discolored teeth, usually a result of drinking coffee or tea, poor hygiene, smoking, chewing tobacco, or tetracycline-containing medication.
- Crooked, overcrowded, and generally irregularly shaped teeth.
The procedure is simple and begins when your doctor first examines your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. If they decide that you are a good candidate, they'll first deal with any underlying issues, like cavities. Following this, they'll remove some enamel from the surface of your teeth so that you don't feel like your teeth are protruding once the veneers have been applied. Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you.
How to Care for Cosmetic Procedures
In order to take proper care of your veneers, you need to:
- Brush twice a day while holding your brush at a 40-degree angle
- Change your toothbrush when it's frayed
- Use fluoride-containing toothpaste, mouthwash, and water
- Eat healthy food like carrots that scrape teeth clean
- Floss at least once before bed
If you have any questions, call your Cedar Park, TX, dentist today by calling (512) 528-8900!
You’ve been embarrassed for a while now by your yellowed, dull teeth. You’re ready for a change.
There’s a simple and cost-effective way to make that change: you can temporarily brighten your smile with teeth whitening, possibly at home. But before you try it, you should first have a dental examination to find out if whitening is the right choice for you.
First off, healthy teeth with outer enamel staining are the best candidates for whitening. Teeth and gums with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease should be treated first before undergoing whitening. A dental exam will uncover any health issues you may have with your mouth.
In the same vein, you’ll want to consider whitening carefully if you have dental work like veneers, crowns or implants. Unlike natural teeth, these non-biological materials won’t be affected by the bleaching agent. We can discuss any potential for color mismatch between your whitened natural teeth and your dental work during your examination.
A dental exam can also uncover one other crucial fact — what kind of tooth staining you have. There are two basic types: extrinsic, staining on the outside enamel as we’ve mentioned earlier; and intrinsic, staining that originates from inside a tooth. The whitening kits you purchase from a store and even some of the whitening techniques we use in the office only diminish extrinsic, not intrinsic staining. To address an intrinsically-stained tooth requires a much more involved, invasive clinical technique only performed by dental professionals.
Finally, a dental examination is a good discussion forum for helping you decide between a home kit and a clinical procedure. While DIY kits are effective for the most part, you won’t be able to precisely control the degree of brightness like we can. This could be important if you want a specific shade of whiteness, from a more subtle and natural shade to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. Shade control could also help minimize color mismatch with dental work.
In the end, we want to help you make the best choice for teeth whitening. Even if you decide to pursue whitening at home, we can offer you valuable advice on what to look for when you buy a kit and how to use it. That alone could help ensure you get the new, bright smile you desire!
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!”
Learn more about cosmetic dentistry from your Cedar Park dentist!
Cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile and enhance your self-esteem. Parmer Oaks Dental Care in Cedar Park, TX offers a range of cosmetic procedures from Dr. Jason Dyson. The following information will help you determine which cosmetic procedure would work best for you.
Dental bonding is used improve the appearance of chipped or stained teeth. It also can be used to change the color or shape of teeth or close gaps between teeth. Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedure.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of a composite resin material or ceramic, which are bonded to the front of teeth. Veneers are perfect for individuals with teeth that are chipped, stained or have gaps.
A fixed dental bridge closes the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A fixed dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on the sides of the gap and one or more artificial teeth in between.
Having your teeth professionally whitened is something you can do to improve your appearance without getting plastic surgery or emptying your bank account. Whitening methods include in-office teeth whitening and treatments which the patient carries out at home.
Ready for a Hollywood smile? Call Parmer Oaks Dental Care in Cedar Park, TX at (512) 528-8900 right now to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dyson. We will give you a smile makeover that will dazzle you.
Home whitening kits are a popular way to turn a dull smile into a dazzling one. But these self-applied products only work for teeth with outer enamel stains — if the discoloration originates inside a tooth, you’ll need professional treatment.
Known as “intrinsic staining,” this type of discoloration most often occurs within a tooth’s pulp or dentin layers. There are a number of causes like tooth trauma or tetracycline use at an early age. A root canal treatment used to remove infection from deep within a tooth can also cause discoloration: sometimes blood pigments left after tissue removal or the filling materials themselves can stain a tooth’s interior.
Intrinsic staining can often be treated by placing a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate, into the tooth’s pulp chamber. But before undertaking this procedure on a tooth that’s undergone a root canal treatment,Â we want to first ensure the filling is intact and still adequately sealing the tooth from infection. We also want to make sure the supporting bone is also healthy.
If all’s well, we access the pulp in the same way as the root canal treatment, and preferably through the same access hole. We then clean out the pulp chamber of any stained matter and then ensure the root canals remain filled and sealed off from the pulp chamber.
We can then place the bleaching agent into the pulp, a process that will need to be repeated every three or four days to achieve the desired level of brightness. After each session we place a cotton pellet over the opening and held in place with a temporary adhesive; we can easily remove and re-apply this covering during subsequent sessions. Once we’ve achieved the desired color change, we seal the tooth with a permanent filling and restore the access cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin material bonded to the enamel and dentin.
There are other options for an intrinsically stained tooth like veneers or crowns that outwardly cover the discoloration. Internal bleaching, however, is a more conservative approach that causes less alteration of the tooth. If successful, it can restore a stained tooth to a brighter, more attractive shade.
If you would like more information on internal bleaching, 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 “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”
Have you ever wondered why your smile is not as white as it used to be? Well, there may be a few different reasons that your teeth have become discolored over the years. The change in color may simply be due to wear and tear from aging. It may also be a result of dietary factors, because foods containing tannins, such as red wine, coffee and tea are known to discolor teeth. Tobacco use, whether smoking or chewing, is another common cause of stains on your teeth.
So, what should you do if you decide you would like a whiter smile? You should first make an appointment with our office, so that we can assess the root cause of the discoloration. We may recommend a quick and easy solution with in-office whitening, sometimes known as power bleaching.
An in-office whitening treatment can lighten your teeth three to eight shades in just one office visit! During your whitening treatment, we will first protect your lips, gums and cheeks, leaving only your teeth exposed. Then, we will apply a professional strength bleaching gel to your teeth. We may use a special light to make the bleach work faster. The great advantage of this treatment is that your smile will become noticeably whiter in just an hour!
If you would prefer to whiten in the comfort of your home, we can give you a take-home whitening kit. First, we will make molds of your mouth, from which we will create thin plastic mouth trays that fit your teeth exactly. You'll apply the whitening gel to the trays and wear them on your teeth 30 minutes a day, twice a week, for about six weeks. While your teeth may not whiten as fast as in our office, if you wear them as directed, you'll still see great results.
Though you may always be able to find a whitening solution in the aisle of your grocery store, remember that the best way to ensure the results you want is to get a professional treatment.
If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”