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In recent years, cosmetic dentistry has become extremely popular. Some patients turn to Dr. Parham for a more youthful, attractive appearance before consulting a plastic surgeon. In most cases, a few cosmetic procedures will transform a smile into a unique and beautiful feature that contributes to a fresher overall appearance.
What Does Your Smile Say?
Your smile is important. It’s one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful. It can make you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression.
As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Parham offers a range of aesthetic dental procedures. He has undergone postgraduate training for some of the most popular smile makeover treatments. If you schedule a cosmetic consultation, Dr. Parham will evaluate your teeth, gums, and bite, then discuss your ideal smile. He’ll want to know what you like and dislike about your appearance so that he can make informed recommendations to satisfy your needs. He may recommend porcelain veneers to straighten, brighten, and re-shape a smile. Other popular procedures include cosmetic bonding, teeth whitening, white porcelain crowns and fillings, and replacement teeth such as dental implants. Because Dr. Parham is also a general dentist, he’ll factor in longevity and comfortable function, so your smile makeover plan will deliver lasting results that you’ll absolutely adore.
Cosmetic dentistry is a specialty that focuses on enhancing the aesthetics of the smile, making it as beautiful as possible. A cosmetic dentist may use any number of interventions or treatments, including teeth whitening, veneers and dental crowns, among others. Patients may receive multiple cosmetic enhancements in order to achieve their smile goals, or they may need only one or two treatments to dramatically improve the smile’s appearance. Many of these interventions can be completed in a short timeframe, often within a few weeks. Some teeth whitening treatments take just an hour!
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that slides over your biological tooth in order to conceal significant damage from decay or an injury to the tooth. Dental crowns may be made of porcelain, sometimes fused to metal, composite materials or metal. The porcelain and composite materials share a number of visual qualities with natural tooth enamel, so a tooth fitted with a crown looks nearly identical to the natural tooth next to it.
A veneer is a thin shell that is bonded on top of your natural tooth to hide defects like chips or cracks or deep stains that don’t respond to teeth whitening. Veneers can also be used to create the appearance of proper alignment in a mildly crooked stretch of teeth or to re-size an undersized tooth. Veneers may be made of porcelain, which is quite strong after it is bonded to the enamel, as well as composites.
Some patients do notice increased tooth sensitivity after undergoing a teeth whitening treatment, especially if they have such treatments repeatedly. However, that does not mean that you can’t have your teeth whitened if you already have sensitive teeth. You can take certain precautions to reduce your risk of increased sensitivity. For example, switching to a toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitive teeth a few weeks prior to whitening can offer some protection. Your dentist may also have you take “breaks” during the whitening process or recommend that you reduce the frequency of your whitening treatments if tooth sensitivity is an issue for you.
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