Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Many of our patients at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, have been asking us about brightening their teeth lately, and today we thought we would discuss the options available to you to put the sparkle back in your smile!
Over-the-counter products – You’ve probably seen over-the-counter whiteners such as whitening strips on store shelves. While whitening strips may work for some, they do have certain restrictions. For example, they are not nearly as effective when crowns or fillings are involved. Teeth that are stained gray instead of brown or yellow typically don’t respond as well to these types of whiteners. Whitening strips typically save you money but take longer to work and also require discipline on your part to keep them in place for the right amount of time each day.
Whitening at our office – This type of whitening can be done right at our practice. A whitening agent is applied directly to teeth and a special light helps accelerate the whitening process. This may be accomplished in one session or take several appointments. You should expect to spend anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes at each session. If you have a mix of natural teeth and fillings or crowns, your dentist may recommend bonding or veneers on your natural teeth instead of regular bleaching. Teeth whitening at our office can be used to correct many tooth discolorations which may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating the beautiful smile you've always wanted.
At-home whitening – If you choose this option, the dentist will take a mold of your teeth and create a custom-fit whitening tray. The gel whitening solution is poured into the tray, and the tray is worn for a predetermined amount of time, generally from a couple of hours a day to every day during the night, until you’re back in our office for an evaluation.
Give us a call at our convenient Seymour, IN, office to schedule an appointment! Whiter teeth are just one visit away at Jackson County Dental! Call 812-522-8608.
Find out if you could be the ideal candidate for this popular cosmetic restoration.
It’s amazing the many ways in which cosmetic dentistry can improve and enhance the appearance of your smile. In fact, more and more people are turning to a cosmetic restoration known as a dental veneer to hide common smile imperfections. Our Seymour, IN, dentists Dr. Matthew Pierce, Dr. Haley Doose, and Dr. Douglas Gardner are here to help you get your dream smile with dental veneers.
Tell Me About Dental Veneers
Veneers are very thin porcelain restorations that are adhered to the front surface of one or more teeth to alter and enhance the shape, size, or color of your smile. While most people get a full set of veneers, this restoration can also be placed on a single flawed tooth.
Just like fake fingernails can cosmetically improve the appearance of your nails and your hands, veneers can do the same for a single tooth and your whole smile. After all, having a beautiful smile can certainly provide major aesthetic benefits and boost your self-esteem.
You may be ideal for veneers if you want to correct:
- Stains and discolorations
- Chips, cracks, fractures, and breaks
- Spaces between teeth
- Misshapen or asymmetrical teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Crooked or twisted teeth
If there is a cosmetic flaw that you want to hide then chances are good that dental veneers can do this.
Good Candidates for Dental Veneers
If you want a smile that is whiter, straighter, or more symmetrical then chances are good that veneers can help. Before getting veneers, our Seymour, IN, dentist will need to examine your smile to determine two things:
- That your smile is healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry
- That the problems you want to treat can be addressed with dental veneers
It’s also important to know that to get veneers we will need to shave off a very small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for the veneers. While this shouldn’t cause any discomfort, removing enamel is permanent. This means that your veneers are a lifelong restoration and can’t be reversed.
Are you living with a less-than-perfect smile that you think could benefit from dental veneers? If so, the dentists at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, are here to help. Call (812) 522-8608 to learn more.
A teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Seymour, IN, can help you rejuvenate your smile
Are you interested in teeth whitening? Did you know that professional teeth whitening can help change a dull, uninteresting smile into a white, bright smile? In fact, professional teeth whitening can whiten and brighten your smile up to 8 shades whiter!
Dr. Matthew Pierce of Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, offers a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services including professional teeth whitening to rejuvenate your smile.
Many everyday habits can affect the beauty of your smile. When you drink dark liquids, it can stain your teeth. Using tobacco is another cause of a darkened smile. Whether you smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or use smokeless tobacco, they can all contribute to a dull smile.
Normal aging can also affect the brightness of your smile. That’s because as you age, your enamel becomes thinner and more transparent, so the layer underneath the enamel shows through. This layer, known as dentin, is naturally yellow, so your teeth will appear more yellow and dull as you age.
Professional teeth whitening can rejuvenate your smile and make it beautiful again. Professional teeth whitening treatment offers:
- Effective whitening, because you can brighten your smile up to 8 shades
- Long-lasting results, because your whiter smile can last up to 5 years
- Quick treatment, because the in-office treatment requires only an hour of your time
When you choose professional whitening, you can also be sure of safety, because all products and methods have been tested and approved by the American Dental Association.
At Jackson County Dental, you can choose from these great professional whitening options:
- In-office whitening, which is done right in the office and takes only about an hour; this is the perfect choice for you if you are busy and want to whiten and brighten your smile quickly.
- Take-home whitening, which comes in a kit containing everything you need to whiten your smile at home; this is a great choice for you if you want to whiten your smile at your own pace, conveniently at home.
If you have a dull, uninteresting smile, it’s time to brighten it up with professional teeth whitening. To find out more about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dental services, call Dr. Matthew Pierce of Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, at (812) 522-8608. Call now!
Veneers from your dentists in Seymour, IN, can help your smile
Nearly everyone has a little issue about their smiles they’d like to fix. Now, thanks to a state-of-the-art dental procedure called veneers, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted. Dental veneers can rejuvenate your smile, and give you back your self-confidence. Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, provide dental veneers that can give you an outstanding smile.
Dental veneers are typically made of sparkling porcelain. They are thin laminates which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain is a light-reflective material that closely resembles natural tooth enamel, so you know your new veneers will look completely natural, and stunningly beautiful.
Veneers are versatile too! They can correct many common aesthetic issues including:
- Tooth wear due to grinding or clenching
- Yellowing and dullness from an aging smile
- Chipping or cracking due to trauma
- Fracture lines and areas of broken tooth structure
Veneers are even versatile enough to cosmetically reduce the look of alignment problems like tooth rotation, gaps between teeth, and tooth overlap. Imagine having a straighter looking smile, without the orthodontics! Your dentist will determine whether your alignment issues can be cosmetically hidden with veneers, or if orthodontic treatment is a better choice for you.
Dental veneers made of porcelain look natural and beautiful, but they have other benefits too. Veneer treatment is conservative, because your dentist removes little to no tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Porcelain is also stain-resistant, so your new veneers will stay looking beautiful for years.
You can rejuvenate your smile. The answer is porcelain veneers! To find out more about this amazing cosmetic dentistry service and how it can help your smile, call Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, at (812) 522-8608 right now!
Different types of full dentures are available for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. Full dentures are sometimes also referred to as complete dentures and can be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. A dentist can recommend the type of full dentures most suitable for you. At Jackson County Dental, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe are your Seymour dentists for full dentures.
Replacing missing teeth with dentures has several benefits. Not only can dentures help restore your smile, they also help restore normal biting and chewing functions. Additionally, dentures provide support for sagging facial muscles so the natural shape of the face is restored. Dentures can also improve speech by correcting placement of the tongue when speaking. If you are missing a full row or arch of teeth, full dentures can be used to replace those teeth all at once.
There are three main types of full dentures: immediate, conventional, and implant-supported overdentures. Depending on your situation and needs, you might temporarily start with one type of full denture and switch to another type later. Dr. Lane or Dr. Severe, your Seymour dentists, can discuss the different types of full dentures with you and fit you for the right type.
Immediate Full Dentures: This type of denture is typically only worn temporary until it is time to switch to conventional full dentures. Immediate full dentures are often used following extraction of teeth. The gums need time to heal following extraction so it is not possible to get a good fit with conventional full dentures right away. Immediate full dentures make it possible to restore your smile while the gums heal and you wait to be fitted for conventional full dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures: This type of denture is meant to be worn permanently. Conventional full dentures are custom made for each patient and conform to your mouth over time for a perfect fit. Once in place, conventional full dentures look like your natural teeth and can perform normal biting and chewing functions with ease.
Implant-Supported Overdentures: This type of denture is also meant to be worn long-term like conventional full dentures. Several dental implants, which are placed directly in the jawbone, are used to hold the dentures securely in place. The dental implants provide an additional level of stability and support for the dentures.
The different types of full dentures can help you restore your smile, as well as provide support for sagging facial muscles, restore speech, and make it possible for normal biting and chewing functions to resume. To find out which type of full dentures is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pierce or Dr. Severe, your Seymour, IN, dentists, by calling Jackson County Dental at (812) 522-8608.