Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
July 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

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 Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
February 28, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
February 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

The most romantic holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day is celebrated each February 14th. It’s a time when many look forward to giving (and receiving) cards, flowers, and other tokens of love. On special days like this, it’s natural to want to look your best—and many surveys rank a person’s smile as his or her most noticeable (and appealing) physical feature. But what if you are unsatisfied with your smile?

Don’t worry! Today, cosmetic dentistry can resolve smile problems as never before. Here are some popular and effective dental treatments that can quickly brighten up your smile.

Tooth Whitening
In just one visit, dull or stained teeth can often be lightened by up to 10 shades! How? We use special bleaching solutions that are applied safely, under our careful supervision, in the dental office. You can’t use these concentrated solutions at home. But if you‘re not in a rush, we can prepare custom-made take-home bleaching trays and whiteners that are safe for home use. The same results can be achieved, but the process may take weeks instead of hours. After months or years, depending on lifestyle factors (like whether you smoke or drink coffee, red wine, etc.) your teeth can have whitening treatment again.

Cosmetic Bonding
Small chips, cracks, or other minor irregularities can be quite noticeable in an otherwise flawless smile. Fortunately, these problems can often be resolved with a treatment called cosmetic bonding. In a relatively simple in-office procedure, we can apply tooth-colored bonding material to restore teeth to better appearance. Layers of high-tech bonding material are built up and cured with a special light to form a tough, natural-looking tooth surface. Bonding isn’t as long-lasting as some other types of restoration, like veneers or crowns, but it’s an easy and inexpensive way to resolve some smile problems.

Professional In-Office Cleaning
Remember that feeling you get after your regular checkup? Your mouth feels squeaky-clean, your breath is fresh and you’re ready to show that sparkly smile. So why wait until your next routine appointment? You can schedule a hygiene visit any time. We will remove plaque from your teeth, check your gums for signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and make sure you’re on track for good oral health. If any problems are found, we’ll take care of them right away. And if you have questions about cosmetic procedures, it’s the perfect time to ask. A professional cleaning can help your smile look (and feel) great.

If you have questions about brightening up your smile, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
January 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How bonding from your dentist in Venice, Florida can reshape your smiledental bonding

Have you stopped smiling because of damaged, unsightly teeth? Are you embarrassed by your smile? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time for you to investigate one of the most versatile dental treatments around. It’s called dental bonding, and it can reshape your smile. Dr. Clark Wright in Venice, Florida wants to introduce you to dental bonding and tell you how it can repair your smile.

The dental bonding process uses composite, a unique liquid resin that can be sculpted and shaped to match your tooth perfectly. It can also be color-matched to your natural teeth so that when your bonding treatment is complete, no one will be able to tell you’ve had work done! Your smile will look seamless and beautiful.

Dental bonding is versatile, enabling your smile to look perfect even if you have teeth that are:

  • Broken from chewing hard foods
  • Chipped from trying to open things with your teeth
  • Cracked from trauma
  • Worn down by aging

Dental bonding allows you to improve other issues too. You can cosmetically realign teeth without going through orthodontic treatment. If you have teeth that are rotated, they can be cosmetically repositioned to appear straight. If you have tooth overlap, bonding can be used to diminish the look of overlap, and bonding can even diminish gaps between teeth.

You can also hide stains and discolorations caused by coffee, smoking, or even medications like tetracycline. If you have teeth that are poorly shaped, dental bonding can reshape your teeth to fit your smile.

When you choose dental bonding, you will enjoy many benefits like these:

  • Natural-looking results because dental bonding can be perfectly color-matched to your natural teeth
  • Rapid results because dental bonding can be done in one appointment

It’s time for you to discover how dental bonding can fill the cracks and other imperfections in your smile. For more information about dental bonding and other restorative and cosmetic dental services call the office of Dr. Clark J. Wright in Venice, Florida today!

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
September 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Discover the many benefits to getting dental veneers in Venice, FL.veneers

Smiling offers an array of wonderful health benefits both for your physical and mental wellbeing. Did you know that smiling can boost endorphins and lower your heart rate? Of course, if you are happy about your smile then you may be among those happy people who smile 40-50 times a day; however, if you aren’t happy with your smile then you may only smile about 20 times a day. Our Venice, FL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Clark Wright, is here to tell you how dental veneers could improve your smile.

What are veneers and what do they do?

These ultra-thin tooth-colored shells are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve a myriad of imperfections. Whether you are looking to mask discolorations, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth or other defects that alter the shape, color or length of your smile, dental veneers could just be the best choice for you.

Dental veneers are often made from high-quality porcelain, since this material is not only stain-resistant and durable but also is highly translucent so it mirrors the look of natural tooth enamel. No one will be able to tell that you actually have veneers.

How are teeth prepped for these restorations?

Another benefit to choosing veneers is that little tooth preparation is needed before your Venice dentist can bond these porcelain shells to your teeth. While some enamel will need to be shaved off the front surface of your teeth, you need not worry! This is completely painless and can often be performed without needing local anesthesia.

Once teeth are prepped and ready for your veneers, molds of your teeth will have to be taken. These molds will help the dental lab get the exact tooth measurements they need to create veneers with the perfect fit. Once your custom veneers are made (this usually takes about one week) you will come back into our office so that we can fit you with your new restorations and bond them to the front of your teeth. In as little as two to three sessions, you could get a brand new smile for life.

Do you want to find out if dental veneers are right for you? If so, our Venice, FL, family dentist, Dr. Wright, is here to help. Schedule a dental veneer consultation with us today.

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