Improve Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry in Scotts Valley
Everyone knows that having a bright and healthy smile makes for a great first impression and gives you confidence. Modern-day advances in aesthetic dental technology enable us to provide a wide variety of cosmetic treatments. The team at John A. Stevens, DDS is dedicated to helping you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.
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Custom dental treatments can help you create the smile you’ve always wished for by improving the aesthetics of your teeth and gums. Treatment options can address both the beauty and function of your smile and:
- Fill unwanted gaps
- Correct bite problems
- Whiten enamel
- Replace lost teeth
- Alter size and shape
- Fix decay, cracks, and chips
- Replace damaged restorations
Your smile speaks before you even say a word. To help ensure your smile is saying what you want it to, contact us about your cosmetic options today!
What are Composite Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings made of composite resin can be used to repair damaged or decayed teeth, so they look natural. We will remove the decayed or affected portion of the tooth and fill the cavity with a durable material that fits seamlessly and can last for years with proper care. As with many types of dental restorations, composite fillings are not considered permanent and may need replacement at some point.
What Porcelain Crowns Can Do
There are many types of crowns, but those made of porcelain are the most popular because they closely match your natural teeth. A porcelain crown protects and strengthens teeth to return a functioning bite and a beautiful smile. You may need a crown if:
- You have had a root canal therapy
- You have a single dental implant
- Cosmetic enhancement is required
- Repairing a broken or fractured tooth
Dentures for Cosmetic Improvement
Dentures are dental appliances which replace missing teeth and can be created to closely resemble your natural teeth and can even improve your smile. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, and partial dentures allow the replacement of some teeth when others remain intact. A partial denture can fill the gap created by missing teeth while also preventing the remaining teeth from shifting.
There are two main types of complete dentures, “conventional” and “immediate.” Conventional dentures are made after teeth have been removed, and the gum tissue has healed, which typically takes 4-6 weeks. Until your final restoration is complete, you will have a temporary device. An immediate denture, on the other hand, is created in advance and placed immediately after any extractions. This prevents you from having to go without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues heal completely, you may need to visit our office again for adjustments.
Benefits of Dentures
- Short treatment time
- More economical
- Restores form and function
- Supports facial structure
Generally, getting dentures will require several appointments over several weeks. During these appointments, we create detailed impressions of your teeth, as well as accurate measurements, which are used to create your custom denture.
Several appointments may be necessary to ensure the new dentures fit properly and have the ideal color, size, and shape. During the final appointment, we will precisely adjust and place the finished denture, assuring a natural and comfortable fit. Any discomfort will subside as you adjust to your new appliance.
We will provide you with instructions, so you know how to take care of your new dentures. Proper denture cleaning, oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will help ensure your new dentures continue to support your oral health.
Dental Implant Restorations for a Confident Smile
A dental implant is a titanium screw which replaces the root portion of a missing tooth. It can be placed in the lower or upper jaw and is capped with a natural-looking crown.
Dental implants work particularly well thanks to the biocompatible properties of Titanium, which allow it to fuse with your natural bone. This procedure gives you a replacement tooth, which functions and looks much like your other natural teeth.
Why Get a Dental Implant?
Without your natural root structure in place, your jawbone may begin to change shape and lose mass slowly and make your face look older than it should. With a dental implant, there are no removable pieces, and it is a stable and comfortable solution that needs no adjusting. Implant treatment lets you take care of your teeth easily with normal brushing and flossing and regular dental visits.
Are You A Candidate for Dental Implant Treatment?
If you are missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or decay, you could be a good candidate for dental implants. The main determining factors are your overall oral health and the density for your jawbone. Sometimes senior patients may inquire about whether their age could prevent them from being a viable patient for dental implants. Health is more of a factor than actual age. If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you should be able to receive an implant.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The overall cost of dental implants varies depending on how many teeth need replacement and how much preparation is necessary to accommodate the implants. If you are interested in receiving a dental implant, we will examine your mouth and determine if you would be a good candidate before providing you with an estimate of the costs involved. Then you can decide how to proceed and make an informed decision.
Why an Implant is Better Than a Bridge
- Improved appearance - Dental implants prevent jawbone loss, which helps keep your face looking younger. Bridges cover gaps but don’t prevent this jawbone loss.
- Preserve natural teeth - Unlike traditional bridges, which require filing down of adjacent teeth to accommodate anchor crowns, implants preserve the structure of your surrounding teeth.
- Permanent solution - Unlike other dental treatment options which may require eventual replacement, implants don’t need regular repair or adjustment.
- Natural looking teeth - Implant-supported restorations look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. They restore your smile and give you confidence.
- Full chewing capability - Dental implants help restore your chewing functionality to the level of your original teeth, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods with ease.
- Possible single-appointment treatment - Using keyhole surgery, dental implants can be placed during a single visit. This process minimizes the soft tissue affected, speeding recovery time, and minimizes discomfort. The conventional treatment can take 3-6 months, wherein the implant is placed, and a temporary prosthesis installed while the implant integrates with the jawbone.
- Normal follow-up care - Caring for your new implant is like caring for your natural teeth, and only requires regular oral hygiene and dental visits.
Dental implants can provide a lasting solution that can restore your confidence and comfort while improving your smile.
Orthodontic Treatment with Invisalign®
If you have mild to moderate alignment or spacing issues with your teeth, chances are, you’ve thought about getting braces. Most adults and teens don’t want their orthodontic treatment to be noticeable, so they avoid traditional metal braces.
Invisalign is a clear alternative to braces that provides a virtually invisible way to correct your teeth. Invisalign utilizes custom-made aligning trays which slide on over your teeth, are easily removable and contain no metal components.
First, we devise a treatment plan. During this process, we create 3D digital images of your entire jaw. Computer imaging allows us to view the jaw from different angles and predict what your face would look like after the adjustments.
Next, we create a set of custom invisible trays. You will need to wear these trays for a minimum of 22 hours per day to achieve the best results. We change your sets of trays out every two weeks, gradually moving your teeth towards the desired alignment and spacing.
As well as being far less visible than braces, Invisalign trays can be removed if necessary. This option can be useful when eating, brushing, and if you would prefer not to have them in for a special occasion. Many people have reported total satisfaction with the Invisalign trays and process, as well as with the amazing results they achieved.
You will be able to see your teeth gradually shifting into the desired positions over time. There is no doubt that Invisalign is a revolutionary technology which has greatly improved orthodontics. This treatment is both comfortable and effective.
Treatment to Inspire Your Smile
Your smile is an important part of your personality, and at John A. Stevens, DDS we offer advanced services to improve the form and function of your smile. Visit our office in Scotts Valley, CA, today for a comprehensive evaluation.
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