Common Cosmetic Dental Problems
Grove City Dentist Serving Columbus, Dublin, Hilliard, Ohio
What makes a smile beautiful? There are several factors that go into designing an attractive smile using cosmetic dentistry. When Dr. Raymond Sheridan accepts a new smile makeover patient, he will set out to achieve a balanced bite and symmetrical tooth and gum positioning. Ideally, the length of each tooth should exceed its width, and it should be proportional to its neighbor as well. Also, the gumline should have a symmetrical contour.
Custom Smile Design
Dr. Sheridan uses images of ideal, attractive smiles to explain the elements of balance and imbalance. After you discuss your smile issues, you can work with Dr. Sheridan to choose cosmetic smile enhancements from the smile design catalog published by the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.
Old Metal Fillings
Outdated restorations are not just unattractive, they may be a detriment to your dental health. Metal fillings expand and contract with temperature changes, often causing enamel to fracture and break. When a filling has suffered too much biting stress, it can actually weaken a tooth. Replacing these old fillings with a tooth-colored filling can return your tooth to its original, healthy state.
Brilliant enamel fades over time, and habits like smoking or drinking tea and coffee can accelerate this process. Dr. Sheridan offers both an in-office Zoom! whitening treatment and a take-home kit to help you get maximum whitening power that will produce much better results and last longer than over-the-counter whiteners.
If you missed out on braces treatment as a kid, not to worry — Dr. Sheridan offers subtle smile straightening that is just as effective as metal. New Invisalign® braces let you shift teeth gradually without having to commit to metal brackets that do not move. There are other cosmetic dentistry options, including porcelain veneers and tooth bonding, to help you straighten out your smile.
Crowding can harm other teeth and cause a bite imbalance. To correct tooth crowding, Dr. Sheridan may recommend Invisalign braces or tooth extraction. If the crowding is not causing any neuromuscular problems, porcelain veneers may be suggested to create the appearance of perfectly aligned teeth.
Small tooth gaps are no problem for cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sheridan. Creative sculpting using a composite dental bonding material works well for most patients. For larger gaps, we may suggest Invisalign® invisible braces.
Dr. Sheridan can repair a variety of enamel defects, such as tooth cracks and chips, using dental bonding, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns. The ideal cosmetic restoration method will depend on how big the defect is and whether or not it has compromised the structure and integrity of your tooth.
State-of-the-art dental implants are the most effective and long-lasting way to replace missing teeth, and they look incredibly natural, as well. In some cases, patients may benefit more from a dental bridge or dentures, depending on the number and position of missing teeth.
If you are concerned about a dental issue that is bothering you currently, please contact Sheridan Dental in Grove City today. We can schedule you for a free cosmetic dentistry consultation to discuss your problem and get you set up with a comprehensive examination and cosmetic treatment.