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No one wants a faded, chipped smile. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says your smile tells people about your personality and makes that critical first impression. To correct troublesome dental flaws, your dentists in Washington, DC Dr. Carlos Abreu and Dr. Mahvassh Abreu, offer wonderful cosmetic treatments. Which one can improve your smile?
Cosmetic dentistry remakes the shape, size and color of selected teeth. It also straightens teeth, improving their appearance and overall health. Some people need their gum tissue reshaped, revealing more tooth surface. Others desire complete smile makeovers, addressing missing teeth and other serious dental problems which affect both oral health and aesthetics.
What are your smile goals? Your Washington dentists ask you to consider how you would like to change the appearance of your smile. With this information and more garnered from a complete oral examination and digital X-rays, your dentist can suggest what services would help you look and feel your very best. Together, you'll agree to a plan suited to your vision of your best smile, your budget and your personal schedule.
Offered cosmetic treatments
Professional teeth whitening Your darkest, most discolored teeth may benefit from safe and effective teeth bleaching. Using powerful hydrogen peroxide, your dental team removes stains from deep within tooth enamel, leaving your smile several shades brighter in color.
Composite resin bonding This one-visit service repairs small dental defects such as gaps, cracks and more. Composite resin mixes glass particles with acrylic for a strong, smooth, shapeable bond which lasts many years.
Enamel contouring This easy treatment uses fine sandpaper and dental tools to sand down rough, chipped corners and uneven tooth length and to shape and prepare teeth for more extensive repairs.
Porcelain veneers These ceramic laminates cover the front of teeth flawed by big chips, stains, overcrowding and more. While not as invasive as porcelain crowns, veneers do require some enamel reduction to ensure a proper bond.
See your new smile
Other people will, too, when you show off your enhanced dental appearance created by Dr. Carlos Abreu and Dr. Mahvassh Abreu. To arrange a personalized consultation with one of our doctors, call the office at (202) 496-0891.
So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?
Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!
Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.
If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.
If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.
A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.
Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”