COSMETIC DENTISTRY

At Stamford Dental Medicine, we provide affordable, effective solutions and services every day to keep our patients’ achieve their best looking smiles.

Poorly formed teeth, teeth that are discolored, worn down, decayed, damaged, or crowded out of normal position are common reasons for patients to consider cosmetic dentistry. The good news is that the use of modern dental technology and break-through developments in new dental materials provides options and choices for dental patients. We are constantly reviewing, evaluating and perfecting the art of cosmetic dentistry services.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY PATIENTS FROM FAIRFIELD COUNTY AND BEYOND RELY ON Stamford Dental Medicine

 

  At Stamford Dental Medicine, we provide affordable, effective solutions and services every day to keep our patients’ achieve their best looking smiles.

At Stamford Dental Medicine, we provide a very wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatment options to correct, improve, or completely re-design the appearance of your teeth. Please come visit us in Stamford; we will have a professional, honest, and plain-spoken consultation about the various cosmetic dentistry treatment options, which can improve the function and appearance of your smile.

 

LAMINATE VENEERS

At Stamford Dental Medicine, we provide a very wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatment options to correct, improve, or completely re-design the appearance of your teeth. Please come visit us in Stamford; we will have a professional, honest, and plain-spoken consultation about the various cosmetic dentistry treatment options, which can improve the function and appearance of your smile.

Veneers may be a perfect solution to cracked, stained or crooked from teeth.  Veneers can also be used effectively to correct irregularly spaced teeth or to restore teeth with significantly visible decay or worn edges.

PORCELAIN CROWNS

Teeth, which have lost structure due to wear, fracture, or material loss due to root canal treatment, are well suited for restoration with full crowns. Full crowns may be all porcelain, or porcelain veneers on a metal sub casting.

Fixed, Removable, or Invisible Braces

Today’s orthodontic treatment methods offer many options for young people and adults, alike. Some appliance designs are so subtle as to be almost invisible to the casual observer. Orthodontic appliances/appliance therapy can address a variety of malocclusions involving malposed or twisted teeth, gaps between teeth, narrow arches, cross bites, open bites, collapsed vertical dimensions and other inter-arch dysfunctions.

Temporary Crowns/Bridges

Teeth, which are broken, discolored, or mis-shapened can be treated with temporary crowns, splints, or bridges, or over-dentures. We sometimes refer to these treatment methods as “snap-on-smile” or “ready-to-go” restorations. 

Re-shaping, Sculpting, and Polishing Teeth

Sometimes, remarkable aesthetic improvements can be achieved by simple removing sharp, pointy, jagged, or worn edges in a process that involves the use of dental burrs and diamonds to artistically re-shape, sculpt, and very smoothly polish teeth into their most aesthetic condition. This process is called odontoplasty.

Dental Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers are a relatively new restorative option for patients concerned about cracked, chipped, fractured, discolored, or slightly/moderately rotated or mis-aligned teeth. Patients like the fact that porcelain dental veneers require less, minimal, or, in some cases, no removal of original tooth structure or volume, compared to full crowns. Some veneer restorations, in select cases, require no tooth reduction at all.

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Are porcelain dental veneers suitable for you?  Porcelain dental veneers provide conservative restorations for substantial improvement of shape, position arrangement, angle, rotation, and color characteristics of one or more front teeth (typically). Porcelain veneers are also desirable for patients who, for whatever reasons, have not had acceptable, durable success with previous tooth bleaching/whitening procedures, or with previously placed bulky, ill-fitting porcelain veneers or composite epoxy-resin veneers. In some cases, dental veneers may even be used to repair/restore in “piggy-back” or “saddle” manner cracks or fractures on porcelain crowns or bridge units. In other cases, involving the desired correction of minor tooth crowding and/or rotations, porcelain veneers may be used successfully for a rapid esthetic improvement instead of resorting to orthodontic treatment.

Lately, ultra-thin porcelain veneers have received increasing publicity and promotion by some dental laboratories and in facial esthetics articles in various women’s’ magazines. These veneers, which do not require any tooth surface reduction, are usually suitable only for cases involving improvement in tooth color and surface characteristics and minor dimension changes which cannot be achieved with tooth whitening, polishing, and bleaching alone.

At Stamford Dental Medicine, we are pleased to inform our patients about the various types of porcelain veneers available and their clinical applications, including the new ultra-thin “no prep” egg shell veneers. Every treatment option will be presented and considered in a comprehensive and informative manner.

Dental Bleaching

Americans increasingly place a high value and importance to an attractive smile. This includes having a bright, pleasingly white appearance to the upper and lower front teeth, which is prominently shown by models in women’s magazines and news media. Consumers are showing a strong and growing interest in tooth whitening and bleaching, as a result people are seeking more information and details about various in-office and home-delivered whitening and bleaching services and treatments.

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is typically an in-office service which involves the removal of discolorations, stains, and surface irregularities using a combination of rotary polishing burs and discs, as well as ultrasonic and air abrasion applications, to achieve a brighter, smoother, more reflective tooth surface.

This is typically a one-visit office procedure and does not involve the use of bleaching gels and procedures.

Tooth Bleaching

 Tooth bleaching and whitening treatments that work for you.

Tooth bleaching involves the use and application of various whitening chemical agents, typically peroxide gels containing varying concentrations of hydrogen peroxide in a gel which is applied to teeth with applicators, or with a tray designed to carry the bleaching gel to the teeth. One or more applications may be appropriate/desired. Bleaching may be done as an in-office procedure in one or more visits, or as multiple applications of dentist-dispensed or over-the counters home use products.

Professional in office bleaching:
Often referred to as power bleaching or power whitening, in-office bleaching is typically provided in one or two visits during which a concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to the teeth directly and individually. Usually some form of barrier protection is provided to protect the gums and any exposed root surface areas. Some bleaching products involve the use of an intense white light (not a laser) to activate and accelerate the peroxide, although some of the more recently developed products do not require application of light for activation to occur. The process may take one or two hours and teeth whiten between two to eight shades. Results vary widely depending on the influences of a variety of factors, which are difficult to predict.

Generally, teeth which have various shades of yellow predictably bleach brighter and more uniformly than those with gray and/or brown discolorations. Professional bleaching is not inexpensive, is not eligible for dental insurance benefits, and is not permanent. The service typically last from eight months to a  year or more. According to the Consumer Guide To Dentistry, in office bleaching services are considered to be fastest, safest, and most effective.

Dental Office-Dispensed, Take-Home Custom Whitening Trays and Bleaching Kits:
Dentist-dispensed custom-made bleaching trays with home use bleaching kits can be used either as extended supportive treatment with office power bleaching, or as an alternative to office power bleaching. The custom made bleaching trays are specially fabricated to fit each individual’s teeth intimately and accurately in order to transport, apply, and hold an optimal amount of bleaching gel to the surfaces of selected teeth, insuring effective application of bleaching gel, while avoiding waste of material and minimizing undesirable exposure of gum tissue to bleaching gel. The bleaching gel peroxide concentrations are lower than dentist-applied gels, for safety reasons. These custom trays with take-home bleaching gels can be very effective, however, since patients typically wear the trays for half hour or one hour each day or night for a period of several weeks, at periodic recurring intervals.

This option is a powerful enhancer of in-office bleaching with periodic re-use, or it may be used separately in lieu of power bleaching with the same results. Used separately, however, it takes longer to achieve results comparable to power bleaching but may be conveniently used in periodic recurring intervals as a maintenance treatment.

Bleaching Check List

 

  • Always consult your dentist before using any at-home bleaching products.
  • Whitening results will vary between individuals, and with diet, smoking, etc.
  • Whiteners and Bleaches will not change the brightness of epoxy composite fillings, veneers, or crowns.
  • Professional in-office whitening is usually your best choice for an initial whitening effort, and especially if you have exposed roots or are sensitive to cold beverages.
  • No whitening or bleaching treatment is permanent, even with excellent oral hygiene daily care and regular check-ups. Bleaching needs to be repeated periodically to maintain the desired appearance.

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