Cosmetic Dentistry in Long Branch Toronto
Did you know that your smile is one of the first features people notice when they meet you?
Are you satisfied with the appearance of your smile, or are there aspects of it you’d like to change? Is your smile as white and bright as it could be, or do you have discoloration or staining? Do your teeth have fractures or chipping?
Did you know that cosmetic dentistry has many solutions for improving and enhancing your smile?
We use only the finest dental materials at Toronto Lakeshore Dental so you can rest assured that your restorations will not only be durable but also aesthetically pleasing. All-ceramic crowns and tooth-coloured fillings ensure that your smile will look as natural and beautiful as it did before your restoration.
If you’re considering enhancing your smile, our dentists will create a plan that will help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of!
- What cosmetic dentistry options do you offer?
- What happens during my initial consultation?
- How do I make an appointment for a consultation?
Porcelain Dental Crowns
- What cosmetic problems do dental crowns fix?
- What are the advantages of porcelain dental crowns?
- How long do dental crowns last?
- How does Invisalign work?
- How long does Invisalign treatment take?
- Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
What cosmetic dentistry options do you offer?
Our dentists offer the following cosmetic dentistry options to improve your smile:
- Teeth whitening
- Tooth-coloured dentistry
- Porcelain dental crowns
- Invisalign invisible braces
What happens during my initial consultation?
At your initial consultation, one of our dentists will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and talk to you about your smile goals. We will outline some of your treatment options and answer any questions you might have so you can make the best decision for your situation.
How do I make an appointment for a consultation?
Whether you’re just looking to give your smile a boost with whitening or you want to completely change the appearance of your teeth, we will help you achieve your goals. The first step is to reach out and make an appointment for a consultation. All you need to do is contact our office to learn more about our options for cosmetic dentistry.
How does professional take-home whitening work?
Whitening your teeth is one of the quickest ways to improve the appearance of your smile. While it may seem more cost effective to purchase an over-the-counter whitening system from your local drug store, professional whitening is beneficial for a number of reasons.
First, we offer a whitening gel that is much stronger than what you can purchase at the store. This means that you won’t have to spend as much time whitening in order to achieve the results you desire. Our doctors can recommend the right strength gel for your needs, and you’ll be under their supervision in case you should experience sensitivity.
Next, we’ll make you custom trays that are designed to fit snugly over your teeth, which will protect your gum tissue from excess whitening gel. Most over-the-counter options are not custom fit, which makes it harder to control the whitening gel and protect your gum tissue.
How can I keep my smile bright after whitening?
The best way to keep your teeth white is to avoid those habits that may have stained your teeth in the first place. Watch out for staining beverages, such as coffee, tea, and red wine, as well as foods that can cause stains, such as curries and berries. If you do indulge, rinse your mouth with water afterward.
We also recommend that you use our custom whitening trays every few months whenever you need a touch-up.
What are tooth-coloured fillings?
Tooth-coloured fillings are an aesthetically pleasing restoration made of a pliable, yet durable material called composite resin. Because it’s pliable, it’s easy to use and works well for repairing small chips, wear, or fractures to your teeth.
Unlike metal amalgam fillings, tooth-coloured fillings are made to blend in perfectly with your tooth so no one will be able to see that you have a filling—even if you open your mouth wide to laugh or speak.
Can I replace my old metal fillings with tooth-coloured fillings?
Yes! If you’re looking to enhance the appearance of your smile, our dentists can replace your old silver amalgam fillings with new composite fillings.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
What cosmetic problems do dental crowns fix?
If you have a tooth that is misshapen or stained (and resistant to teeth bleaching), dental crowns can cover up the problem tooth. Dental crowns are made to match your natural teeth, so they will blend in seamlessly and restore your smile.
What are the advantages of porcelain dental crowns?
Gone are the days of porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns that give your teeth a gray or dark appearance. We now use all-ceramic or porcelain crowns to restore your teeth. If you have an older dental crown, you probably see the telltale dark-coloured margin at the bottom along your gum line. This doesn’t occur with porcelain dental crowns.
Porcelain can be custom blended to match your existing teeth and naturally complements your smile, all while remaining functional for patients for many years.
How long do dental crowns last?
You can expect your porcelain dental crown to last a good number of years, as many as 15 and even more. Although your dental crown will not develop decay like your tooth can, if bacteria gets under the crown, you can develop a cavity there.
It’s also important to take good care of your gums, so be sure to floss regularly, even around the dental crown.
How does Invisalign work?
Unlike traditional orthodontics, which relies on metal brackets and wires to straighten teeth, Invisalign invisible braces move teeth into the desired position with a series of clear plastic aligners. Every few weeks, patients will swap out their aligners for a new set, and their teeth will gently shift into place.
The clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible, so Invisalign is a great option for older teens and adults who would like a more discreet orthodontic option. Invisalign’s clear plastic trays are removed for eating and cleaning teeth, which makes them convenient for busy lifestyles. It also means there are no food restrictions as there are with traditional orthodontics.
Invisalign wearers also appreciate that they can see progress with their smile as it happens by simply smiling in the mirror.
How long does Invisalign take?
For most patients, treatment takes anywhere from six to 18 months, which is quite a bit faster than traditional braces. It’s crucial, however, that patients are compliant with wearing their plastic aligner trays for a minimum of 22 hours each day. Patients who do not wear the aligners as directed will probably not achieve the results they desire.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
The best way to find out for sure if you are a good candidate for Invisalign is to contact our office for a consultation. Invisalign works best on patients who are experiencing the following issues:
- Crossbites—when the upper teeth on sides of mouth overlap the lower row of teeth (or vice versa)
- Open bites—when there is a vertical gap between the front upper and lower teeth when biting down
- Middle tooth overlap
- Mild overbites or underbites
- Misaligned teeth
- Overcrowding of teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Serious malocclusion (imperfect positioning of teeth when mouth closed)
- Wide gaps between the teeth