Cosmetic Dentistry Richmond, VA
When you smile, people immediately take notice. You might not pay much attention to it unless your smile is not quite what you would like it to be. Any imperfections, whether natural or otherwise, in your smile can quickly lead to self-consciousness. You may find that you are hiding your smile behind your hand, or only giving a tight-lipped grin, both actions that can negatively impact the perception that others have about you. At Fred A. Kanysi DDS, we can give you back your confidence smile with cosmetic dentistry.
Fillings are a common treatment used to correct the damage caused by cavities (which form as a result of tooth decay). Traditionally, fillings have been done with an amalgam material, which is made up of a mixture of metals suspended in mercury. While an effective, affordable option, amalgam is silver in color and stands out against the rest of your natural teeth. This can significantly impact the quality of your smile when the filling is placed at the front of your mouth. Composite fillings are made from a mixture of plastic, fine glass, and composite resin, creating a tooth colored filling. When placed in the tooth and cured with ultraviolet light, the material bonds with your natural tooth structure, which means that less of your tooth needs to be drilled away. Moreover, because they blend in with the rest of your teeth, they are the perfect option for filling cavities in the front of your mouth.
Discoloration can be caused by a variety of different factors – what you consume, lifestyle habits, medications, even your age – and it significantly dulls the beauty of your smile. While there are plenty of over the counter whitening products, these do not often generate the desired results or take months to achieve just a single shade lighter. To help restore the bright white of your enamel in a much shorter period, we offer professional teeth whitening.
Our teeth whitening procedure is done right in our office, and it only takes about an hour of your time. After cleaning your teeth, we apply a protective gel to your gums. The bleaching agent is applied to your teeth and exposed to a light source. In about an hour, your teeth are made several shades whiter.
Even the smallest of imperfections can have a serious impact on the quality of your smile, whether it’s small chips, cracks, or gaps. Veneers are thin “shells” that are designed to cover the front side of damaged teeth, effectively covering the damage and restoring the beauty of your smile. While veneers can be made from a few different materials, ours are made from porcelain. Porcelain offers several advantages. It is fairly strong, able to withstand normal use. It also mimics many of the properties of your natural enamel, including its color and its ability to reflect light. To place your veneers, a small amount of the enamel must be removed, which creates the space necessary for a natural fit. Once in place, no one will be able to tell the difference between your veneers and your natural teeth.
You don’t have to live in embarrassment with flaws affecting your smile. If imperfections are causing you to hide your smile, contact Fred A. Kaysi DDS today at (804) 554-5599 to schedule your appointment and find out how cosmetic dentistry can help.