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Posts for tag: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Northland Dental Centre
December 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  
NewYearNewSmile

As December brings the old year to a close, it’s a great time to set goals for the year to come. This might include a major life change, such as a new job—or even a new romance! If one of these items is on your list for 2019, a smile makeover may be just the thing to help you get there.

Having a great smile can give your self-confidence a real boost. It can also affect how you are perceived by others. According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset and 96% believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. At the same time, three quarters of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.

If you aren’t pleased with your smile and want a new look, we can help you figure out which cosmetic dental treatments could be right for you. The answer might be something simple—like an overall brightening of the smile with professional teeth whitening, or fixing a small crack or chip in a single tooth with cosmetic tooth bonding. If you’re unhappy with worn-down or crooked teeth, dental veneers or orthodontic treatment might be the way to go. In fact, many adults find that orthodontic treatment with clear aligners is a great way to get a beautiful, straight smile without drawing attention to the fact that a makeover is in progress.

Of course, it’s not only important for your smile to look good but also for your whole mouth to stay healthy. So if you are experiencing any tooth pain, unusual mouth sores or gum problems, it’s time for you to come in for an exam. And if it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning, why not make an appointment for early in the year? Don’t start the new year with last year’s dental problems!

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments or preventive dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Dental Hygiene Visit.”

By Northland Dental Centre
January 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you suffering from tooth decay? Have you considered tooth-colored fillings? Here in London, ON, our Northland Dental Centre family dental bondingdentists can help you get the smile you want.

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, can be accomplished in one visit; the procedure may take about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your dental needs. Composites are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite used is made of plastic resin and finely ground glass-like particles, which is used to fix issues, such as:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Fractures
  • Decays
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Short teeth

Fillings and Dental Bonding in London

In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your dentist will clean your teeth to ensure they're plaque-free. Then they'll etch your teeth with an acidic gel that will open pores on the surface of your teeth. The dentist will then rinse the etching material and add the composite resin that matches the color of your teeth. The last step consists of the composite being hardened in place with a curing light and your teeth shaped into the right form.
Advantages of Tooth-colored Composite
After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural, especially if the tooth being filled is visible while you smile. Some other advantages include:

  • Your teeth will look natural, so you won't feel self-conscious when you smile
  • The composite strengthens your teeth, so you don't have to worry about applying too much pressure

Maintaining your New Bonding

Dental bondings require the same care as all your teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, and floss at least once. This will help keep your teeth healthy and avoid new cavities in your new tooth-colored fillings.

Consultation

For more information about tooth-colored fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call our family dentists at (519) 455-2551. The Northland Dental Centre is conveniently located in London, Ontario, so don't hesitate to schedule an appointment!

By Northland Dental Centre
November 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry   Veneers  

Find out how one simple cosmetic restoration could turn your smile around.veneers

Have you ever noticed that the more you smile the happier you feel? Even if you aren’t in the best of moods if you can find a moment to genuinely smile throughout the day this could elevate your mood and provide a host of other benefits. Of course, if you aren’t proud of your smile then you may find yourself hiding it from those around you. Why not let your smile show? Our London, Ontario cosmetic dentists at Northland Dental Centre can help!

What are dental veneers?

Made from very thin but durable layers of porcelain, these shells are custom made to cover the entire front surface of a tooth to improve the shape, color and appearance.

Whether you suffer from severe discolorations, misalignments, cracks and chips, or malformed teeth, dental veneers can help set things straight. In fact, veneers can even help fix minor crookedness and gaps between teeth to give you a straighter smile without ever needing to wear braces. Many aesthetic problems can be addressed with help from porcelain veneers.

How are veneers placed?

If you are getting traditional veneers from our London, ON, dentist, then we’ll first need to evaluate your smile to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy and free of decay or gum disease. We will also make sure that the issues you want to address can be handled with dental veneers.

Some tooth preparation is required prior to getting your veneers. This means that we will shave off a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for your veneers.

Since veneers are created based on the shape and exact measurements of your teeth, we will need to take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will provide the lab with the measurements they need to craft the perfect set of veneers.

Once your veneers are ready you will come in for your final fitting where we will bond them to the front of your teeth using a special dental resin and a dental light to harden the resin into place. It’s that simple!

Do you have questions about getting dental veneers in London, Ontario? Are you ready to find out how this cosmetic restoration could enhance your smile? If so, then it’s time to turn to Northland Dental Centre for all your dental cosmetic needs. Call (519) 455-2551 today.

By Northland Dental Centre
March 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
SpiceUpYourTeeth

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Northland Dental Centre
May 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
DentalMagicTransformsSmiles

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”