Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
This tooth-shaped cap is the restoration that will protect your damaged tooth.
Enamel is extremely strong but it doesn’t mean that a tooth can’t still sustain damage. From sports injuries to chewing ice, there are many habits and situations that can end up causing a tooth to chip, crack or fracture. When this happens, our Port Orchard, WA, dentists Dr. Ronald Schoepflin and Dr. Scott Smith swoop in to give you a restoration that will cover and protect the tooth. This restoration is known as a dental crown.
As you might have guessed from the name alone, this dental cap is designed to look just like the natural crown of a tooth. The crown is hollow, so it can easily fit over a tooth to cover it completely. By covering a tooth, a dental crown can strengthen and protect it from further damage.
While healthy teeth won’t often require dental crowns, our Port Orchard, WA, general dentist may recommend getting a dental crown if:
- You have a tooth that is fractured, cracked or broken
- You have a tooth that has been weakened by decay, trauma or infection
- You have to undergo a root canal
- You have a malformed or discolored tooth
- You have a severely worn tooth (often from bad habits such as teeth grinding)
- You want to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant or bridge
The goal of a dental crown is to:
- Strengthen the weak tooth
- Improve chewing and speaking
- Prevent further wear and tear on the tooth
- Stabilize and support a dental bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Improve the appearance of a tooth
In most instances a dental crown will be used for restorative purposes; however, as you can see from this list, a crown may also be placed if it is severely discolored or disfigured to make it more attractive and to look like the rest of your natural and healthy smile.
Do you have questions about getting dental crowns? Do you want to discuss whether a crown is the right option for restoring a damaged tooth? If so, call Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA, today to schedule a consultation with us.
Your smile says more than "I'm happy." it also says "I'm confident." The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that a smile reflects your true personality. However, defects, stains and a dulled finish change how your project yourself to the world. Cosmetic dentistry from Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA, can change all that.
Your mouth is healthy but...
You don't want people to see your smile. Over the years, you've acquired some deep discolorations and a small chip on a front tooth. Combine those with mild overcrowding and your healthy teeth look shabby.
When you come to Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, your cosmetic dentists, Dr. Ronald Schoepflin and Dr. Scott Smith, can show you ways to enhance your smile.
They address issues such as:
- Tooth color
- Dental alignment
- Missing teeth
- Dark fillings
- Surface defects
- Hairline cracks
With a comprehensive examination, your dentist can tell you if your mouth is healthy enough for a cosmetic makeover. If it is, he'll develop a care plan which considers how you want your smile to improve and also what changes are truly possible.
Cosmetic dentistry options
Considering your individual needs, personal preferences and goals, your cosmetic dentist in Port Orchard can offer one or more state-of-the-art aesthetic treatments which will boost your appearance and confidence for years. Schoepflin Dental Excellence executes all smile makeovers with skilled precision, using only quality materials that are durable, biocompatible and natural-looking.
Services offered at Schoepflin Dental Excellence include:
- Teeth whitening to brighten smiles by several shades quickly and safely
- Porcelain veneers to cover damaged tooth structure with a thin shell of realistic ceramic
- Dental implants to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth rooted in the jaw bone
- Cosmetic contouring to reshape chipped and uneven tooth enamel
- Composite resin bonding for durable and realistic repair of small flaws
- Tooth-colored fillings which restore decay with an inventive mixture of glass particles and acrylic
Find out more
Yes, your smile can change for the better. Learn how during a personal smile analysis with Dr. Schoepflin or Dr. Smith. Call the office in Port Orchard, WA, today at (360) 871-2959!
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.”
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”