Bakersfield, CA – We are born with our smiles, good or bad, but it doesn’t have to be that way. These days there are a number of smile-transforming options that can help anyone feel better about the smiles they are forced to show off to the world.
Bakersfield dentist Dr. Thomas Frank knows all too well the negative impact that can be caused when one doesn’t like his or her smile. Dr. Frank often sees patients with a wide variety of smile complaints, such as gaps and crooked, discolored and missing teeth. For these patients, Dr. Frank offers ten smile-transforming options.
Here are the cosmetic dentistry procedures Dr. Frank recommends to his patients when they don’t like one or more aspects of their smiles.
These wafer-thin adhesive strips fit over natural teeth to mask and beautify imperfections. Gaps can be filled, misshapen teeth made more symmetrical, and entire smiles can be made to look like a favorite movie star’s. Also, since veneers are comprised of porcelain, the cosmetic dentistry restorations are more resistant to staining than other veneer alternatives.
Dental bonding makes use of a special type of resin to make small, minor corrections to a patient’s smile. Gaps can be filled, cracks made invisible and tooth wear restored to look like new.
Missing teeth can be replaced with these ultra-realistic tooth restorations. A bio-compatible post is implanted into the jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. Then a crown or bridge is attached to the post to fill any holes in a patient’s smile. Dental implants are indistinguishable from the patient’s natural teeth and will help patients eat more effectively, speak more clearly and smile more radiantly.
Instead of a crown or bridge, patients can have full or partial implants attached to their dental implant to keep the new artificial teeth in place. This is an alternative to traditional dentures, which must be removed to be cleaned and held in place with an oral adhesive, the latter of which can sometimes come unstuck in embarrassing situations, such as at the dinner table laughing with friends.
Patients who are already happy with the size, shape and straightness of their teeth can get their teeth whitened for an all-new healthy glow. Teeth whitening can be performed in the office or at home with professional-grade whitening methods, such as one-hour LaserSmile and take-home systems with soft, customized trays.
Laser Gum Therapy
Patients born with uneven gums have smiles that appear somewhat “off”. Dr. Frank uses a state-of-the-art Diode laser to give gums a more symmetrical and even appearance. Lasers are virtually painless and don’t require a lot of downtime or healing. The Diode laser is just one example of modern cosmetic dentistry that can transform smiles in a single appointment.
Porcelain crowns are artificial teeth that fit over a weakened natural tooth, such as one that has been treated with a root canal, or attached to a dental implant for a more permanent smile restoration. Porcelain crowns are stain-resistant and built to last, and can increase the patient’s confidence ten-fold.
For patients who don’t want to endure years of wearing traditional braces, instant orthodontics can straighten and improve smiles in a single appointment. Teeth can be straightened and more harmony given to the smile, which can add a significant boost to the patient’s appearance and self-esteem.
Creative Smile Design
When patients have multiple gripes about their smiles, Dr. Frank will pull out all the stops. Using some or all of the techniques listed above, Dr. Frank and his staff can have patients raving about their smiles instead of hiding them behind their hands.
“My goal is to give patients aesthetically-pleasing smiles,” Dr. Frank said. “And that all starts with excellent and regular dental care.”
Advanced Dentistry and Total Body Health
In addition to the above cosmetic dentistry treatments, Dr. Frank advocates regular dental visits. Dr. Frank is an AAOSH dentist, which stands for The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health.
AAOSH dentists like Dr. Frank believe that inflammation caused by oral bacteria can contribute to a host of problems like Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
That’s why Dr. Frank focuses on the aesthetics of a smile along with the removal of bacteria and inflammation, because, as Dr. Frank puts it, “A beautiful and healthy smile makes for a beautiful and healthy person.”
To learn more about all the ways cosmetic dentistry can improve one’s smile, contact Bakersfield dentist Dr. Thomas Frank at https://www.frankdds.com/contact/schedule-an-appointment/.
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