Carrollton Cosmetic Dentist Transforms Smiles
You look at yourself in the mirror, and you can honestly say that you take good care of your teeth. You brush and floss daily, and make sure not to consume too much sugar. You should be perfectly happy with your smile then, right? Unfortunately, even healthy teeth are not always pleasing to look at. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and can have a large impact on your self-esteem. It’s important that you feel confident about it, because this can easily radiate into your personality. A person who is sure of their smile tends to share it more, and this makes them appear more friendly and approachable. A striking smile is also a very strong social signal, as people with attractive teeth are often thought of as more intelligent and professional. In order to achieve this ideal smile, it needs to be more than healthy, and for that, you need a cosmetic dentist in Carrollton.
What Is a Cosmetic Dentist?
In a nutshell, your Carrollton cosmetic dentist, Dr. Henry Campbell, is a professional that is able to make your smile both healthy and beautiful. He is able to do this because he has special training in dental aesthetics. It takes a completely different set of skills to masterfully treat and enhance the appearance of a person’s smile. There has to be a harmony between the shape of the teeth, their placement, the shape of a person’s face, and an endless amount of other factors. His special training helps him find the right balance between them all, while allowing you to achieve your smile goals.
Of course, whenever it concerns something as personal as your smile, experience is paramount as well. Dr. Campbell has been practicing cosmetic dentistry in Carrollton for decades, and this means he knows just about everything there is to know when it comes to giving you the exact smile that you want.
What Does a Cosmetic Dentist Do?
Of course it is easy to say that Dr. Campbell can give you a gorgeous smile, but what does that actually mean?
A cosmetic dentist uses modern dental technology and techniques to recreate nature. They help restore your teeth to an ideal shape, color, and orientation that looks completely natural while improving them aesthetically. If a smile doesn't look natural, it doesn't matter how straight or white your teeth are. These techniques work with your current dental structure so that they seamlessly and comfortably fit with your smile, all the while enhancing your appearance.
Dr. Campbell also uses the best dental laboratories staffed with master ceramists to provide you with the best crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays. By using the most advanced techniques and top-tier facilities, the journey to your perfect smile will be a smooth, straight line.
Common Questions For Your Cosmetic Dentist in Carrollton
- How can I close the space between my front teeth?
The answer to this question partially depends on what is causing the gap in the first place. Are the teeth misaligned? Is one of them chipped or broken? Perhaps one tooth is even missing…Each particular situation can be addressed with a specific solution.
For teeth that are misaligned and have large gaps, porcelain veneers may be the best solution. They are extremely thin ceramic shells that are fitted to the front of the teeth that show when you smile. They are highly customizable, and can provide you with a wide range of results. They are one of the most comprehensive cosmetic procedures available, as not only can they help conceal large gaps, but they can also fix broken and cracked teeth. They are held securely on your teeth using a composite resin, which is custom-shaded to blend in with your smile.
The procedure to get porcelain veneers is straightforward, painless, and usually can be completed in as little as two visits. During the first visit, Dr. Campbell will remove a small amount of your enamel in order to create room for the veneers. He only needs to remove about 2mm, which is only the thickness of a contact lens. He will then take an impression of your teeth, and a dental lab will use this to fabricate your veneers. The second visit is when Dr. Campbell will bond them to your teeth and make any adjustments if necessary. Afterward, your veneers can be easily maintained with regular brushing and flossing.
A quicker, more affordable option is direct cosmetic bonding. For this, a composite resin will be applied to your teeth in order to improve their shape, size, and color. It can also fix minor alignment issues, which may help close the gap in your teeth. Dr. Campbell will apply the putty-like resin to your teeth, and then use it to sculpt them into a much more desirable shape. He will then quickly harden it using a specialized light. The results are immediate, and cosmetic bonding can last for years with normal oral hygiene.
If the gap is because of missing teeth, dental implants can give you your tooth back unlike any other procedure. It serves to replace the tooth both above and below the gum line, which includes a custom-made porcelain crown. This provides you a tooth that not only helps close your gap, but also is aesthetically pleasing and functionally strong.
- What is the best way to whiten my teeth?
Common things like coffee, wine, tobacco, diet, and even genetics can leave your teeth looking stained and discolored. Your enamel also naturally breaks down as you age, revealing the yellow dentin underneath. No amount of brushing or flossing can help once your teeth are already stained. For that, you need professional teeth whitening.
You can have it quickly done in our office, where we will use Opalescence Boost Teeth Whitening. This system is able to whiten your teeth 6-10 shades in one visit while making them stronger, unlike many other whitening treatments that can damage enamel. It works by applying a highly-concentrated bleaching gel to your teeth to break up years of ground-in stains. It separates the bonds that hold these stains together and exposes your teeth to more oxygen, making them appear brighter and brighter. After the gel has been on for about 15 minutes, we will wipe it away and apply it again. We’ll repeat this process 2-3 times depending on the level of whiteness you are looking for.
We can also provide you with a custom-made take-home kit. You only need to use the kit as instructed for 2 weeks to get the full results. This can be used as a treatment on its own, or as a touch-up for your in-office whitening. Our kits are specially made for you and only use professional grade products, which you will not find with generic, over-the-counter whitening kits.
- How can I replace/get rid of my silver fillings?
In the past, whenever one of your teeth was damaged due to decay or injury, it was repaired using a silver filling. Not only were they a dark gray color that stuck out whenever you talked or laughed, but the amalgam used didn't even bond to your teeth. Your dentist needed to create a pocket for it to sit in, meaning they needed to remove more of your tooth's natural structure, which made it more vulnerable to cracking later on.
You can now have these replaced with white tooth fillings, which are made of a composite resin. Not only are they custom-shaded to blend in with the rest of your teeth, they also are a better method of restoration. The resin is able to fully bond to your tooth, which means Dr. Campbell can remove less of it while giving you a filling. This leaves your tooth mostly intact, which helps preserve it over time. The end result is a repaired tooth that is strong and blends in flawlessly.
- How can I make my teeth bigger?
The gums are just as important when it comes to your smile as your teeth. An excess of gum tissue can cause them to appear short, or even stubby. To make them appear longer, Dr. Campbell can perform a soft-tissue recontour. He will gently remove and push back the gum tissue to reveal more of your teeth, making them appear bigger and longer. If needed, he can then apply other treatments such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns to improve their appearance even more.
- Which treatment would improve my smile the most?
A quick consultation with Dr. Campbell can help you determine which treatment would best suit your smile. He may even suggest a variety of techniques working together to give you the results that you want. He may be able to completely change your look with just a few simple treatments, so be sure to let him know exactly what you are looking for.
Have More Questions?
If you have more questions about cosmetic dentistry, the treatments available, or want to know how to get started today, please give us a call or make an appointment. We're ready to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted, so we hope to see you soon.