Cosmetic Dentistry at Orion Dental
Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think! Sometimes all that’s needed is a simple bleaching procedure. However, we will work with you to give that smile that you desire and the confidence that comes with it.
Cosmetic dentistry is sometimes misunderstood to mean dental work just to improve a person’s appearance based on vanity.
Cosmetic dentistry at Orion Dental means much more than that. We believe that this is a treatment that combines aesthetics with dental treatment that focuses on solutions for fractured, damaged, discoloured or misaligned teeth. Or indeed treatment for any other dental problem that impacts your smile.
Exceptional Cosmetic Dental Care
You smile says a lot about you, about your self-confidence, and your poise. A bright smile that shows off your brilliantly white teeth is an asset both socially and professionally. As an experienced dentist, Dr. Naqvi and her team offer a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to make your smile more beautiful!
A beautiful smile is at its heart a healthy smile. At Orion Dental, we believe that conserving healthy teeth is the best thing we can do for our patients, and that means creating for them the right treatment plans and doing the right treatments at the right time. Cosmetic dentistry is the art of creating an attractive set of teeth and gum lines and through that a beautiful, smile. This beautiful smile will no doubt have an impact on your general health, appearance, and self-confidence.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services
When you come in for your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation with Dr. Naqvi, she will speak with you about your smile goals. The range of treatments that she might suggest could include the following treatments:
- Porcelain veneers to transform flawed front teeth,
- Professional teeth whitening to brighten discolored teeth
- Orthodontic treatment using braces or Invisalign to straighten misaligned teeth.
- Gum surgery where it is needed
- Bonding and re-sculpting teeth
- Implants to fill spaces caused by missing teeth
- Contouring Smile Makeover
- Full and Partial Mouth Rehabilitation
All treatments would be based on your specific requirements.
If you’re embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark fillings in your teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-coloured plastic mixture, composite resins can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins represent several advantages over traditional silver or amalgam fillings.
Pick the Right Fillings for Your Teeth
Because composite resins are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect colour to match your natural teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another pro is that the tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Medium and small composites can last seven to ten years – that’s as long as the tried and true amalgams. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.
Some patients experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from composite resin fillings. The only caution we usually mention is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolour your composites unless you ask to have them coated with a clear plastic sealant.
If you have a chipped, slightly misaligned, or otherwise imperfect tooth that needs cosmetic restoration, we may suggest one-appointment bonding. The dentist can apply liquid composite resin, shaded to blend with your tooth’s color, to rebuild a pleasing shape to your tooth. After hardening the resin with a curing light, he will artistically sculpt and polish the restoration. In just one visit, you can enjoy a beautiful new smile! Cosmetic bonding can be a viable, affordable alternative to porcelain veneers, but it lasts only 5 to 10 years with proper care. Bonding will not discolor as your natural tooth enamel will, so touch-up whitening may be required to keep your natural teeth the same shade as the bonded area.
Inlays & Onlays
You have a big filling that needs replacement. Do you have to get a full crown? Not necessarily. A more conservative option, inlays and onlays fit into a tooth similar to a filling, yet they are milled restorations, much like a crown. The bumps on top of a tooth are called cusps. Inlays fit between cusps, while onlays fit over one or more cusps. Inlays and onlays allow a patient to retain more natural tooth structure, which is always best.
Not every situation is right for an inlay or onlay, but the dentist will assess your problem and determine the best solution for you. Because they are created in a lab like a crown, inlays and onlays require two appointments. At the first visit, we will prepare your tooth by removing your tooth decay or old filling and cleaning the area. We will take a dental impression and send it to our dental lab so that a technician can create a custom inlay or onlay for you. The dentist will determine the best material to use, but in most cases, teeth that show when you smile or speak can have a white restoration. Back teeth incur extreme pressure, so a metal inlay or onlay may be indicated. You’ll wear a temporary until the lab delivers your final restoration.
At the second appointment, the dentist will remove your temporary and permanently cement your final inlay or onlay into position. After polishing and modifying the restoration as necessary to ensure proper bite alignment, you’ll enjoy your stronger, healthier smile for years to come.
Wax Up Models
Just as an engineer creates a model to ensure that a machine will work correctly, the dentist often fabricates a wax-up model of jaws and teeth when working on more complex restorative or cosmetic cases. By building an accurate model of your mouth, we can test prosthetics, veneers, and other dental work to ensure a proper fit. You can also see what our proposed solutions will look like on the wax model, so you’ll make a truly informed decision about your dental work. If adjustments are required, the dentist adapts the model to reflect changes before the case goes to the dental laboratory. Wax-ups provide us with a realistic projection of how your dental work will look and function, which results in more accurate restorations.
Regardless of your requirements, Dr. Naqvi and her associates have extensive training and experience as cosmetic dentists to deliver to you the radiant smile that you desire.
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