COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is the use of dental treatment specifically to improve the look of one’s teeth. While dental treatments will often also improve the function of the teeth, the term “cosmetic dentistry” is used when the main purpose of the treatment is to improve one’s appearance. Cosmetic dentistry can have a profound impact on a person’s life. For a person who was once shy about showing their teeth, a beautiful new smile is a huge boost in self-confidence. The range of problems that can be corrected at Smile Savers Dentistry start at discolored, cracked or chipped teeth and go all the way to natural-looking replacements for missing teeth.

Dr. Daniel Stewart has a wide range of cosmetic dentistry available to the communities around Columbia, Maryland. More than twenty-five years of experience with dental restorations, cosmetic dentistry and other types of dental care means he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every treatment you receive at our office. The goal of Smile Savers Dentistry is that you’re thrilled with the appearance of your teeth and don’t have any attention on your smile. 

Our cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

Invisalign Invisible Braces

Many people think that if they didn’t get their teeth straightened as a teenager, it’s too late when they’re an adult. With Invisalign, that’s not the case. At Smile Savers Dentistry, we have great success correcting crooked teeth with this innovative product.

Invisalign utilizes computer graphics technology to prepare a carefully adjusted series of clear teeth aligners for you. You will wear each transparent aligner for about two weeks and then it will be replaced by the next aligner you receive from us. You will probably have between 12 and 48 steps to your program, depending, of course, on how much correction you need. 

Dr. Stewart’s is a 2016 Premier Preferred Provider for Invisalign. Please listen to what some of our patients say about their experiences correcting their smiles with Invisalign.

Veneers & Lumineers

When teeth are discolored, cracked or chipped, dental veneers (or “Lumineers,” a specific type of dental veneers) offer a fast resolution. Even teeth that are unevenly sized or spaced can be corrected. Veneers are porcelain shells that are adhered to the front of your teeth. The tooth itself must be healthy for this procedure to be successful.

Dental veneers are created specifically for your smile. With veneers, a thin layer of the front of the teeth is removed to make room for the new veneer. With Lumineers, the only treatment of the tooth itself is a mild etching to enable Lumineers to securely adhere to the front of the tooth. Both products have an excellent record of durability as well as lasting beauty.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the fastest ways to improve the look of your smile. Stains, yellowing and discoloration can be addressed simply and easily. It’s amazing the change that a brighter white can make to your smile. 

We have selected the Venus White system for our patients as the best way to safely achieve whiter teeth. This is a system that you use at home, employing custom-made trays that we provide. The ingredients in the Venus White system also reduce sensitivity, protect tooth enamel and enhance the luster of your teeth. In just a week, your smile will be visibly whiter!

Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the more recent innovations of the dental field – a way to create a permanent, natural-looking replacement tooth with a titanium anchor (known as the implant). With care, this dental implant can last a lifetime. Titanium is chosen for the root-like implant because it bonds so perfectly with the human bone.

The first step in the implant procedure involves placing the titanium implant in the correct location in the jaw. A small hole is drilled in the jaw and the implant is placed in it. It is given some months to heal and bond with bone before any further action is taken. When fully healed, a mount for the replacement tooth is added to the implant and the new porcelain (or similar material) tooth is mounted to it. When done, the tooth will look, feel and act just like your natural teeth. Implants are the best method of replacing missing teeth and can last for decades.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a very fast and simple way to repair damage to small areas of your teeth. Chips, minor irregularities of shape or spacing and other minor flaws can be corrected. Bonding fills in missing parts of your tooth or hides defects using tooth-colored composite resins (soft materials that are hardened to match the look and feel of your teeth). 

In dental bonding, the tooth will first be etched slightly so the resin will attach very firmly to it. Then the exact composite resin that matches your teeth will be added in layers until there is enough material to fix whatever flaw was being corrected. Dental drills are then used to give the new bonded material the perfect shape to match your other teeth. Finally, a little polishing finishes off the process.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland

If you’re interested in improving the appearance of your smile, contact Smile Savers Dentistry to find out how we can help. Call us to set up an appointment or set an appointment online.

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