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By Seaside Dentistry
January 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Would you like to brighten your smile, repair a damaged tooth or even change the shape of a tooth? Your Virginia Beach, VA, dentist Dr. Jason Campbell offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that will help you improve your smile.

Bonding

Bonding, one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures, offers important benefits for your smile. During the procedure, your Virginia Beach dentist adds a small amount of composite resin to your teeth. The plastic-based material can be manipulated into any shape and is often used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, cover discolorations, lengthen teeth or change their shape. Exposing composite resin to a curing light bonds the material to your teeth. Composite resin is available in common tooth shades to ensure that your dental work isn't obvious.

Dental veneers

Hollywood stars often owe their bright smiles to dental veneers, but the thin porcelain shells can do much more than just whiten teeth. Veneers are placed to the fronts of your teeth and are used to close gaps, conceal chips and cracks, make teeth look longer or hide an oddly shaped tooth. Because veneers are available in many shades of white, they can be manufactured to match your existing tooth color exactly or lighten your teeth.

Dentures

Replacing missing teeth doesn't just boost your self-esteem, but also makes eating and speaking easier. Full removable dentures replace all of your teeth, while partial dentures restore a missing section. Dentures are more comfortable than ever due to improvements in technology.

Dental implants

Thanks to dental implants, your dentist can create a brand new tooth for you. Implants are titanium posts added to your jawbone to replace your roots. They bond to the bone and are then attached to dental crowns. You can take advantage of this innovative technology whether you've lost one tooth or all of them. Implant-supported dentures may only require as few as four dental implants per denture. The dentures are either attached directly to the implants or to a metal framework added to your mouth.

Transform your smile with a cosmetic dentistry treatment! Call your Virginia Beach, VA, dentist Dr. Jason Campbell at (757) 689-4363 to schedule your appointment.

TakeYearsoffYourSmilebyTreatingAge-RelatedDentalProblems

You may be able to slow the aging process with healthy habits but you can’t stop it. Every part of your body will change, including your teeth and gums. And even with great dental hygiene and care, there are at least two aging outcomes you may not be able to avoid: discoloration and tooth wear.

Fortunately though, we have ways to counteract these effects and help you enjoy a much younger-looking smile. These techniques range in complexity and cost, but when tailored to your individual situation they can make a world of difference and restore your confidence in your smile.

Brightening teeth that have yellowed with age can be as simple as undergoing teeth whitening. The bleaching solution in this procedure (performed in the office or at home with a prescribed kit) can minimize enamel staining built up over the years. It can even be performed with some control over the level of desired brightness. Although whitening isn’t permanent, with proper care and regular touch-ups you can keep your youthful, dazzling smile for some time.

Tooth whitening, however, may not be enough in some cases of discoloration. If so, you can gain a bright new smile with porcelain veneers or crowns. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored material bonded to the front of a tooth; a porcelain crown completely covers a tooth and is usually cemented onto it.

Normal tooth wearing can also affect the appearance of older teeth, making them look shorter and with less rounded edges than younger teeth. Veneers and crowns can be utilized for this problem too, as well as enamel shaping with a dental drill to minimize those sharp edges and project a softer, younger appearance. In extreme cases, surgically reshaping the gums can give teeth a longer and a more natural look.

These are just a few of the ways we can address these two aging problems, as well as others like receding gums. Depending on your situation, it’s quite possible we can help you take years off your smile.

If you would like more information on cosmetic answers to aging teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Seaside Dentistry
March 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth. If you want to beautify your smile, then don't hesitate to contact cosmetic dentistryyour Virginia Beach, VA, dentist Dr. Jason Campbell.

Teeth Whitening:

There are two types of teeth whitening treatments provided: in-office teeth whitening or a take-home whitening kit.

The in-office procedure is quite simple and time-effective for the busy individual. Your Virginia Beach dentist will cover sensitive oral tissues, like your gums, and a device meant to retract your lips and cheeps will be placed in your mouth. The dentist will apply a strong whitening agent on the surface of your teeth and will allow it to sit for about an hour. When the hour is up, your dentist will remove the agent and your teeth should be whiter!

If you don't have time to visit your dentist for an hour, you can use the take-home whitening kit. A custom-made plastic mouth tray will be made for your teeth. One tray is used for the upper set of teeth and the other is used for the lower set of teeth. A whitening gel supplied by your doctor will be put in these trays, then placed over your teeth. In about an hour, your teeth should be whiter.

Dental Implants

If cavities have deteriorated your tooth, a dental implant may help you. Dental implants consist of replacing the tooth root with a titanium post and placing an abutment and crown on top. This will strengthen your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile.

Veneers:

When you come into the Virginia Beach office, your doctor will examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. Then a model of your teeth will be sent to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you. Veneers deal with stained or discolored teeth, and mishappened teeth like crooked, worn or chipped teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns, then don't hesitate to call your Virginia Beach, VA dentist Dr. Jason Campbell.

PlanAheadtoMakeYourSmiletheBestitcanbeforYourBigDay

The big day you've waited for all your life is just around the corner — your wedding day! And to make that day as special as possible you've been working on making yourself more attractive.

In all your preparations, don't forget your smile. There are many ways to make it shine, some requiring little time or effort. A professional dental cleaning and polishing, for example, can do wonders for brightening your smile. If you have above normal staining, you can also undergo professional whitening to remove stains and enhance your teeth's natural color.

Some problems, though, like chipped, slightly misaligned or heavily stained teeth may require more than a cleaning or whitening session. In these cases, you might consider covering these less attractive teeth with porcelain veneers to transform their appearance. As the name implies, veneers are a thin layer of tooth-colored, translucent porcelain custom designed for you and bonded permanently to the visible tooth.

While veneers can significantly change your smile, it can't fix every appearance problem. Some teeth require more extensive dental work, like a porcelain crown that completely covers a tooth, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. In more complex situations you may want to look at orthodontics to repair an unattractive bite, or plastic surgery to change the look of a gummy smile.

Keep in mind, though, many of such treatments take time: installing dental implants can take months and some orthodontic treatments, years. As soon as you can, you should discuss your smile appearance with your dentist and what can be done to enhance it in the time you have.

With the help of your dentist, orthodontist or other specialist, you can change your smile. And that, along with all your other preparations, will help make that once in a lifetime day even more special.

If you would like more information on undergoing a smile makeover, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

TestDriveYourFutureLookafterDentalWorkwithaTrialSmile

Most of us wouldn't think of buying a new car without a “test drive.” It's a serious investment, so you want to make sure you're comfortable with your new ride.

Like an auto purchase, the plan you and your dentist agree on to cosmetically enhance your teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is a significant investment. Wouldn't it be nice to “test drive” your future smile before you undergo any procedures?

Actually, you can — two ways, in fact. For one, your dentist could use computer imaging software that alters a photo of your face to show how your smile will appear after dental work. These computer enhancements are a great planning tool for making decisions on the look you want to achieve.

But even the best computer images only provide a static, two-dimensional representation of your new smile. It can't capture all the angles and movement dynamics of any proposed changes. That's where the other way, a trial smile, is a true test drive — you can see your future smile in action.

With a trial smile, your dentist temporarily places tooth-colored material called composite resin on your teeth to simulate the proposed changes. The resin can be shaped and sculpted to create a life-like replica that you'll be able to view in all three spatial dimensions. What's more it will give you a chance not only to see what your new smile will look like, but to actually experience how it feels in your mouth.

Creating a trial smile is an added expense and it's only available during your consultation visit — the dentist will need to remove the resin before you leave. But you'll still be able to get a good impression of what your final smile will be like. You'll also be able to take photos you can show to family and friends to get their impressions of your proposed new look.

A trial smile allows you to know beforehand what your dental work investment will provide you, and even fine-tune your makeover plan before work begins. With this particular kind of “test drive” you'll have greater assurance that you'll be happy and satisfied with the end results.

If you would like more information on trial smiles, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”