Your smile is the first impression you leave. Any number of imperfections can dull your smile, and cause you to leave the wrong impression—that you don’t take care of yourself, or that you are older than your actual age. Imperfections can even affect your confidence, leaving you to hide your smile, and give the impression that you are unfriendly. At Kenneth G. Wallis DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer some cosmetic services to restore your smile, so you can make the lasting impression you want.
Discolored teeth have numerous causes—dark foods and beverages, smoking, certain medications, even age. We offer Zoom in-office and Zoom take-home trays to restore the bright white to your teeth. Our in-office whitening gel uses hydrogen peroxide, which is light activated, to whiten not just your enamel, but your dentin as well. In just one hour, your teeth will be up to 8 shades whiter. With our take-home trays, we provide you with custom-made trays and the whitening gel, and you whiten your teeth on your own time. The trays are to be worn between 4 to 8 hours a day for a set number of days. In just three days of use, your teeth will be up to 6 shades whiter.
Cavities are treated with fillings. In the past, amalgam fillings were the way to do this. They are still used today (they are extremely strong), but their silver color makes them undesirable, especially for teeth that are visible when you smile. Tooth-colored fillings, made of composite resin, have been developed as an alternative. Composite resin matches the color of your enamel, making these fillings a popular cosmetic option.
Even minor imperfections in your teeth (small chips and cracks, gaps, minor overlapping) can have a major impact on your appearance. Porcelain veneers are thin “shells” that cover the front surfaces of your affected teeth. They require a small amount of your enamel to be removed (ensuring a natural fit) but porcelain can be finished to perfectly match the color of the rest of your teeth.
When your teeth have suffered more serious damage, more than your smile is affected. Your oral health is potentially in danger. For this damage, ceramic crowns can be used. Crowns are “caps” that cover the entire visible portion of your affected teeth. They hold the affected teeth together, provide strength, and protect them from infections. Ceramic also provides an aesthetic purpose. It can be finished to match the color of your natural teeth, and the ceramic mimics the light reflecting properties of your enamel.
Missing teeth have a serious impact on your appearance, and your oral health. Dental implants are the latest option available for restoring missing teeth. They require a surgical procedure, during which small titanium rods are inserted into your jawbone. Your bone then fuses with the implants, turning them into stable “roots” that support your replacement teeth. Implants have many benefits over traditional tooth replacement options, including permanence, more comfort, and the preservation of your jawbone.
Cosmetic dentistry can restore the quality of your smile and give you back your confidence. Call Kenneth G. Wallis DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today at (408) 248-6777 to schedule your consultation.