COSMETIC DENTISTRY IN CHARLESTON, WV
Cosmetic dentistry is the business of restoring beautiful, healthy smiles so that you can have confidence in the appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can even restore the functionality of your teeth, depending on the procedure. At Michael J Tupta DDS, we help our patients love the way they look and enjoy their smile once again. The health of your teeth is our top priority.
We provide a range of cosmetic dentistry services for our patients, including dental crowns, bridges, implants and tooth whitening. To find out whether one of these services is right for you, contact us to make an appointment for a consultation.
Why Get Cosmetic Dentistry?
There are many reasons to get cosmetic dentistry, but the primary reason is that people want to feel good about their smile. Cosmetic dentistry can help people who lack confidence in the appearance in their teeth discover the beauty of having a traditionally attractive smile. If your teeth are crooked, stained, cracked or damaged in some way, cosmetic dentistry can help restore your smile to a level that helps you feel good about your personal and professional interactions with others.
Your smile is beautiful. Cosmetic dentistry can help you appreciate that beauty.
Are You a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you are afraid to smile at people because of the appearance of your teeth, or if you avoid interactions with strangers because you would prefer not to allow them to see your teeth, then you should consider getting cosmetic dentistry. Your dentist in Charleston can help you decide which procedures are right for you based on the health of your teeth and the particular condition that’s affecting the look and functionality of your teeth.
Teeth can become stained over time. Stains can occur when you eat staining food, and can also occur through habits like smoking. Tooth whitening services can make your teeth whiter and brighter, for a more attractive smile. While tooth whitening can be done at home, getting your teeth whitened with the dentist is better because it lasts longer than at home whitening.
A bridge is a device that is used to fill a gap in your teeth. The bridge attaches to the teeth on either side of the gap, and places a filler tooth in the middle. Bridges can help restore your smile when you’re missing a tooth. A bridge is also useful for preventing the teeth from shifting in the mouth when a tooth is missing. Bridges are tooth colored and are generally not distinguishable from natural teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that’s implanted into the jaw to be permanent. Unlike a bridge, which can be removed like a denture, the implant is fastened into the jaw by a root. The jaw is bonded to the root, and then the protesthetic tooth is placed on top. Implants look like natural teeth, function like natural teeth, and cannot be distinguished from the other teeth in the mouth. If you’re missing a tooth and your jaw is healthy enough to support an implant, then this is a good option. Your dentist can tell you whether this is the right procedure for you.
Dental crowns are a cap placed on the tooth to hide stains and damage, and restore the tooth to full functionality. Dental crowns look so natural that they can’t be distinguished from natural teeth. They’re made from a composite material that looks just like natural tooth enamel. When you’re having a dental crown installed on your tooth or teeth, it’s important to ensure that it’s done right. Work with a professional with experience.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQ
Do you have questions about cosmetic dentistry? Lots of people do. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we encounter.
Are there side effects to whitening your teeth?
Most people do not experience side effects after whitening their teeth, however, you may experience an increased sensitivity to heat and cold.
Who is a good candidate for tooth whitening services?
If you have lightly stained teeth, and your teeth and gums are otherwise healthy, then you might be a good candidate for tooth whitening services. The best way to find out if this type of service is right for you is by getting an evaluation from your dentist.
Call today to find out more about this procedure and whether it’s right for you. Keep in mind that this procedure lasts longest for people who normally take good care of their teeth. Make sure that you see the dentist every six months to get the most out of your tooth whitening experience.
How long is tooth whitening likely to last?
If you are seeing the dentist regularly, your tooth whitening should last between 1 and 2 years. How long the procedure lasts also depends on what kind of food you normally eat and what your normal oral hygiene habits are like.
Does insurance cover cosmetic dentistry procedures?
Insurance can cover some procedures that would be considered cosmetic dentistry. Whether your policy will cover the procedure you want depends on the procedure, why you might need that procedure, and the language in your policy. The only way to find out for sure whether your policy will cover the work you’d like to be done is by calling your insurance company.
Can you whiten an implant?
No, implants cannot be affected by tooth whitening. This means if you choose to whiten your teeth and you have an implant, the implant may no longer match your other teeth.
Can children benefit from cosmetic dentistry?
Children sometimes need cosmetic dentistry, if their teeth become damaged.
Contact Michael J. Tupta DDS to Get Started with Cosmetic Dentistry
Are you in need of a dental implant, tooth whitening, a bridge or a crown? Contact Michael J. Tupta to find out more about our cosmetic dentistry services.