Preventive dental care is, by its nature, cosmetic. Dental decay and disease show up on your teeth as unsightly chips, holes, dark spots, discoloration, crowding, and spacing issues. Disease also wreaks havoc on the appearance of your gums due to gum recession. In its initial stages, periodontal disease makes your gums appear puffier and redder than usual. So, cosmetic dental care in Phoenix, AZ naturally starts with preventive services. Dr. Rashmi Bhatnagar and her team live the tagline: “Creating healthy and beautiful smiles for you and your family.” Whether your needs are restorative in nature or strictly cosmetic. Dr. Bhatnagar’s treatment results from treatment are as attractive and natural-looking as they are durable and strong.
Bonding and Veneers
In its State of the Cosmetic Dentistry Industry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports members did more direct bonding than any of the following procedures (in descending order, by number of average procedures performed in 2017): crowns and bridge work, veneers, inlays and onlays, dental implants, and bleaching and whitening. Bonding is an attractive treatment for many reasons; Dr. Bhatnagar prepares a composite resin material to match the shade of your teeth. The material is then shaped and bonded securely to the tooth structure to cover chips, close gaps, for reshaping, and other needs. It’s also a fast and cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers. Since the material is directly placed on your teeth, bonding can be completed in a single visit without the use of anesthetic.
Porcelain veneers are considered a “premier” cosmetic procedure. These thin shells of dental ceramic are often the secret behind your favorite celebrities’ stunning smiles. There is no material that replicates the characteristics of natural enamel quite like porcelain. They’re also stain-resistant and extremely durable; with proper care, you should expect to enjoy them for many years. Veneers require a couple of visits, because the teeth to be treated must first be prepared and then the veneers must be fabricated in a dental lab. While the procedure is well-tolerated by many patients, Dr. Bhatnagar may apply numbing medication to manage sensitivity associated with removing a small amount of enamel to accommodate the thickness of the veneer.
Crowns and bridge work
Few dental procedures are as versatile as the dental crown. Made from ceramic, gold alloys, base metal alloys, or porcelain and metal, crowns can be used to rebuild a badly damaged tooth or a badly decayed tooth. Root canal treatment followed by a crown may be the only way to save a tooth that has extensive decay or damage. Crowns can also be used for primarily cosmetic purposes, such as to cover a very misshapen or discolored tooth.
Bridge work could not exist without at least two dental crowns. The crowns are fused to the replacement tooth or pontic. As a single unit, the bridge is then cemented to prepared tooth structure – the teeth on either side of a gap. Fixed bridges are considered an affordable alternative to dental implant-retained bridges or dentures. Implants are placed in the jawbone to serve as tooth roots and provide optimum stability to the bridge or denture appliance that sits on top of them.
Inlays and onlays are considered more conservative alternatives to full-coverage crowns. But they also provide more stability and strength than a large filling.
Bleaching and whitening
Whiter teeth can dramatically improve your appearance. Thanks to safe, convenient, and effective treatments, you can get a more dazzling smile with little effort and risk. BellaVista DentalCare uses trays or dental appliances customized to your mouth. When prepared and worn as directed, the trays deliver prescription-strength whitening gel for gradual and even whitening in the comfort of home.
Following a relaxed consultation with you, Dr. Bhatnagar may also recommend:
- Tooth-colored fillings – The natural-looking alternative to silver amalgam fillings
- Invisalign – A removable alternative to braces that uses clear trays to gradually straighten teeth rather than wires and brackets
Start smiling again! Contact us to schedule your visit. Healthy teeth and gums look great on everyone.