Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Wilmington Dental Associates
December 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

As December brings the old year to a close, it’s a great time to set goals for the year to come. This might include a major life change, such as a new job—or even a new romance! If one of these items is on your list for 2019, a smile makeover may be just the thing to help you get there.

Having a great smile can give your self-confidence a real boost. It can also affect how you are perceived by others. According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset and 96% believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. At the same time, three quarters of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.

If you aren’t pleased with your smile and want a new look, we can help you figure out which cosmetic dental treatments could be right for you. The answer might be something simple—like an overall brightening of the smile with professional teeth whitening, or fixing a small crack or chip in a single tooth with cosmetic tooth bonding. If you’re unhappy with worn-down or crooked teeth, dental veneers or orthodontic treatment might be the way to go. In fact, many adults find that orthodontic treatment with clear aligners is a great way to get a beautiful, straight smile without drawing attention to the fact that a makeover is in progress.

Of course, it’s not only important for your smile to look good but also for your whole mouth to stay healthy. So if you are experiencing any tooth pain, unusual mouth sores or gum problems, it’s time for you to come in for an exam. And if it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning, why not make an appointment for early in the year? Don’t start the new year with last year’s dental problems!

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments or preventive dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Dental Hygiene Visit.”

By Wilmington Dental Associates
June 04, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

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.”

By Wilmington Dental Associates
April 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Are you ready to make a few changes to your smile? Dr. Michael Lenz, Dr. Anthony Vattilana, and Dr. John Lenz of Wilmington Dental veneersAssociates in Wilmington, DE, explain how veneers can enhance and restore your smile.

Veneers keep imperfections out of sight

Veneers are designed to conceal noticeable flaws in your tooth enamel. Because they only cover the fronts of your teeth, veneers don't have to be thick to be effective. In fact, they're no thicker than a fingernail. The restorations are made of porcelain and look just your tooth enamel. To ensure the best fit, a very fine layer of tooth enamel is removed during your first veneer appointment in our Wilmington office. About two weeks later, you'll return and receive your custom-made porcelain veneers.

Veneers can completely change the appearance of your smile

Veneers are an excellent choice whether you have one smile issue or have several different types of problems. They're frequently recommended as a cosmetic solution if you have a chip or crack in your tooth. Veneers also hide flaws in your teeth, such as bumps or pits, and can completely change the shape or length of a tooth. Do you have a tooth that is slightly crooked or just a little too short? Adding a thin veneer instantly improves your smile.

Are your teeth still not as white as you would like, even though you've used whitening products several times? The restorations are available in a multitude of shades. Your final shade can even be lightened or darkened a little based on the color of the dental cement used to attach your restoration.

Veneers are a good option if one or two teeth have changed color. Color changes may happen if you have a large filling, had a root canal, injured your tooth, or took tetracycline in the past. Your new veneer will match your tooth color perfectly and help you feel more confident about your smile. Veneers can even close slight gaps in your smile.

Take advantage of the smile-changing benefits of veneers! Call Dr. Lenz, Dr. Vattilana, and Dr. Lenz of Wilmington Dental Associates in Wilmington, DE, at (302) 654-6915 to schedule an appointment.

By Wilmington Dental Associates
February 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

The most romantic holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day is celebrated each February 14th. It’s a time when many look forward to giving (and receiving) cards, flowers, and other tokens of love. On special days like this, it’s natural to want to look your best—and many surveys rank a person’s smile as his or her most noticeable (and appealing) physical feature. But what if you are unsatisfied with your smile?

Don’t worry! Today, cosmetic dentistry can resolve smile problems as never before. Here are some popular and effective dental treatments that can quickly brighten up your smile.

Tooth Whitening
In just one visit, dull or stained teeth can often be lightened by up to 10 shades! How? We use special bleaching solutions that are applied safely, under our careful supervision, in the dental office. You can’t use these concentrated solutions at home. But if you‘re not in a rush, we can prepare custom-made take-home bleaching trays and whiteners that are safe for home use. The same results can be achieved, but the process may take weeks instead of hours. After months or years, depending on lifestyle factors (like whether you smoke or drink coffee, red wine, etc.) your teeth can have whitening treatment again.

Cosmetic Bonding
Small chips, cracks, or other minor irregularities can be quite noticeable in an otherwise flawless smile. Fortunately, these problems can often be resolved with a treatment called cosmetic bonding. In a relatively simple in-office procedure, we can apply tooth-colored bonding material to restore teeth to better appearance. Layers of high-tech bonding material are built up and cured with a special light to form a tough, natural-looking tooth surface. Bonding isn’t as long-lasting as some other types of restoration, like veneers or crowns, but it’s an easy and inexpensive way to resolve some smile problems.

Professional In-Office Cleaning
Remember that feeling you get after your regular checkup? Your mouth feels squeaky-clean, your breath is fresh and you’re ready to show that sparkly smile. So why wait until your next routine appointment? You can schedule a hygiene visit any time. We will remove plaque from your teeth, check your gums for signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and make sure you’re on track for good oral health. If any problems are found, we’ll take care of them right away. And if you have questions about cosmetic procedures, it’s the perfect time to ask. A professional cleaning can help your smile look (and feel) great.

If you have questions about brightening up your smile, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Wilmington Dental Associates
December 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Perfecting your smile by repairing its flaws with cosmetic dentistry is a worthwhile and confidence-boosting decision to make. Though it cosmetic dentistrymay seem like a purely aesthetic decision, rejuvenating your smile can have a positive psychological effect as well by increasing your confidence and allowing you to feel good about the way you look. Find out about some popular and effective cosmetic dentistry treatments with Dr. Michael Lenz, Dr. Anthony Vattilana, and Dr. John Lenz at Wilmington Dental Care in Wilmington, DE.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Wilmington, DE

  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening brightens and whitens the appearance of your smile in a fast and powerful procedure. During the hour-long treatment, your dentist applies a whitening gel to the teeth and directs a specialized light toward the mouth to aid in the whitening process. Afterward, your teeth will be noticeably lighter and brighter, with results varying from subtle to dramatic based on your preferences.
  • Crowns and Bridgework: Dental crowns cover a damaged, repaired, or otherwise weakened tooth to help protect it from future damage. Bridgework replaces missing teeth by bridging the gap between two healthy teeth. The bridge, held in place by dental crowns on either end, replaces the tooth above the gum line.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that allows you to subtly and dramatically correct your smile to straighten the teeth and correct bite issues. Rather than using the traditional metal brackets and wires, Invisalign’s clear plastic trays will slowly move the teeth into their new positions using carefully applied yet gentle pressure.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants revive your missing teeth by replacing the tooth itself and its root. The implant lies directly in the bone beneath your missing tooth, staying in place permanently.
  • Cosmetic Fillings: Cosmetic fillings restore a decayed tooth by removing the decayed portion of the tooth’s enamel and replacing it with tooth-colored composite resin materials.
  • Veneers: Dental veneers fit over the tooth’s surface to cover its blemishes and revive its appearance. Veneers can change the shape, length, width, and color of a tooth, allowing for a truly versatile result.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Lenz, Dr. Vattilana, and Dr. Lenz at Wilmington Dental Care in Wilmington, DE. Call (302) 654-6915 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment with your dentist today!

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