Serving Albany, Troy & East Greenbush, NY
Cosmetic dentistry is a collection of dental procedures that are designed to improve the aesthetic beauty of your smile. In a way, cosmetic dentistry is customized care to help you get what you want out your teeth and overall oral health. From teeth whitening to dental implants and porcelain veneers, cosmetic services can allow you to have the perfect smile you deserve.
For achieving a beautiful smile that will make an instant impression, there are all sorts of cosmetic procedures. Spacing, shaping, color; all can be manipulated and perfected by the talented hand of a cosmetic dentist such as Dr. J. Craig Alexander. Restore or sculpt the physical beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry today! Our office services clients from all over the East Greenbush area including Albany, NY, and Troy, NY. Call or visit us today for more information.
Why Choose Cosmetic Dentistry?
Giving the first impression can only be achieved once. While some people don’t need to do anything but brush and floss to maintain a beautiful smile, most of us need a little extra help to set our smile straight. Don’t feel embarrassed or hesitant; a cosmetic dentist is the only way that most people will ever achieve the smile they deserve. For minimally invasive treatments to gain the confidence that only a brilliant smile can achieve, contact Dr. J. Craig Alexander’s office today.
Some of the Problems Dr. Alexander Can Correct:
- Chipping and cracking on the edges of teeth
- Surface cracks that can affect the enamel
- Gaps between teeth
- Stained & discolored enamel or darkened dentin (layer beneath the enamel)
- Teeth that appear to be shorter
- Misshapen, jagged teeth
- Amalgam fillings that are visible when you smile
- Gum tissue that covers the teeth or is uneven
- Missing teeth and reconstructive dental procedures
Who is a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?
The primary concern of cosmetic dentistry is the aesthetic appearance of the teeth. Thus, it is important that the patient’s smile is already functionally healthy; especially with little to no decay, disease or damage. Some procedures are only available to patients that have not already had extensive dental prosthetics. A prime example, teeth whitening procedures only work on natural tooth enamel. Thus, people with many crowns should avoid a procedure as it could imbalance the color consistency of their smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Overview
Dr. Alexander offers many treatments to address a range of dental flaws. Here are some of the most common procedures for making teeth look more attractive:
Tooth Whitening: Professional tooth whitening can make teeth six-to-10 shades lighter for a dramatically younger, brighter smile. The at-home treatment uses a custom-molded plastic tray and a concentrated peroxide gel.
Dental Veneers: Porcelain veneers cover up a wide variety of tooth imperfections. They can be used to close small gaps and conceal crooked, misshapen, discolored, or chipped teeth. Veneers are cemented in place for long-lasting smile improvement.
Cosmetic Bonding: Tooth-colored resin is a popular option for same-day correction of teeth that are chipped or misshapen. The dental composite can also be used for filling small cavities in front teeth.
Gum Recontouring: This treatment is designed for patients who have an uneven gumline or a “gummy” smile. Removing excess gum tissue can restore attractive proportions to teeth that look stubby.
Dental Restorations: Patients who have cosmetic and structural problems with their teeth may need treatment that is both aesthetic and restorative. This might include porcelain inlays/onlays, crowns or dental implants.
More Information about Cosmetic Dentistry
As you plan your treatment, you should know that the majority of cosmetic procedures are not covered by dental insurance. Most cosmetic dentistry treatments require some maintenance over the years. You should plan ahead for the long-term costs of keeping your smile in mint condition. You may be able to significantly prolong the lifespan of your cosmetic restorations by practicing good dental hygiene.