Cosmetic Dentistry Wauwatosa, WI
Typically one of the first things you notice when meeting someone is their smile, which is wonderful for people who have perfect teeth and a beautiful smile! However, most of us don’t have a beautiful “Hollywood” smile. Thankfully there are many procedures that we can do in our office to improve your smile, which is why we specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is designed to improve the position, shape, color and even size of your teeth. Our goal is to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of!
Sometimes people have spaces or gaps between their teeth which is usually the result of your jaw being too big, your teeth being too small, or a combination of a big jaw and small teeth! If someone has bigger spaces between their teeth one way to correct the problem is to move the teeth closer together with Invisalign retainers [see details below]. People with big gaps between their teeth typically don’t like the way their teeth look, but they can also have trouble properly biting and chewing. Over time these chewing problems can lead to more severe consequences with the overall bite and the TMJ [temporomandibular joint].
Smaller gaps are usually corrected by bonding a tooth colored filling material into the gap! In the hands of our expert cosmetic dentists we can make your teeth look properly sized and more natural often with no drilling! This same bonding process is used to repair the edge of a tooth that chips off. We have bonding materials available in many tooth colors from light to dark to get a color match that will amaze you with how well it blends in. Learn more about Filling Gaps and Chips.
Invisalign is a discrete, easy, and cost-effective alternative to conventional braces. The Invisalign process uses a series of custom plastic trays that fit over your teeth to slowly move them into their proper position. The most popular feature of Invisalign is that the trays are clear, which means when you are wearing them they typically can’t be seen by other people. Another plus is that you can take them out when eating, which means you can eat whatever you want! We may recommend Invisalign if you have a misaligned bite, crowded, gapped, or crooked teeth. Learn more about Invisalign® and Straightening Crooked Teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, a dental implant may be the perfect solution to restore your smile. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in the bone in a relatively straight-forward procedure. As the bone heals it grows around the implant, essentially locking the implant into the bone. Once the healing is complete the implant is fully anchored into the bone and is ready to provide rigid support for your new tooth. We restore the implant by having our lab fabricate a custom abutment and crown which are secured to the implant. The only portion of the restoration that can be seen in your mouth is the crown which is designed to match the color, shape and function of the adjacent teeth. Even though this is a “false” tooth, a dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth, and most people can’t tell it’s not real! Learn more about Dental Implants.
We’ve all heard the advertising for whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, whitening gel and so on. Does it work? Will it hurt my teeth? Which one is best? Can I whiten too much? Should I use an over the counter products at home or see my dentist? As you might imagine some of the most common questions we hear involve whitening teeth. The correct answer to these questions differs from patient to patient. There are many different shades of teeth from bright white to dull gray and the different colors respond differently to whitening. Some people have extreme sensitivity to whitening, others have no problem at all. Some people get great results, and some don’t. If you’re interested in seeing if you’re a good candidate for whitening and what can be done to whiten your teeth stop by our office for an evaluation. Learn more about Teeth Whitening.
People sometimes confuse teeth whitening with ‘white spots’ on their teeth. A white spot lesion is caused by an imperfection in the enamel, which causes light to be reflected differently, and is unrelated to whitening. These white spots are treated through a remineralization process in our office with the goal of eliminating, or reversing, them. Learn more about White Spot Reversal.
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If you have questions about the different cosmetic procedures that are available and what our recommendations would be to enhance your smile, give us a call us at (414) 253-1669 because we want to make your smile look as good as new!