Cosmetic Dentistry for Healthy and Beautiful Smiles in Southfield
Sometimes, despite our best efforts to practice proper oral hygiene, smiles can still become dull or worn by everyday wear and tear. Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of services, each designed to not only help you achieve your very best smile but to also help maintain it as well. From teeth whitening and porcelain veneers to crowns and dental implants, these treatments help preserve lasting oral health while boosting your natural aesthetics and self-confidence.
At Dixon Family Dental, Dr. Darlene Daniels-Dixon and her team love working with patients of every age throughout Southfield and Oakland County to achieve their healthiest and most beautiful smiles yet. Whatever the reason you’re feeling dissatisfied with the current state of your smile, we have the experience, skill, and comprehensive services to address it! Schedule a consultation with our Southfield cosmetic dentist today!
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What is Cosmetic Dentistry and How Can it Help Me?
Cosmetic dental care is typically assumed to be strictly aesthetic procedures, few benefits other than improving a smile’s appeal. The truth is, modern cosmetic dentistry treatments are more comprehensive now than ever, meaning they can be used to repair, restore and rejuvenate nearly any aspect of your smile.
With cosmetic dental care, we can:
- Whiten discolored teeth by up to eight shades
- Enhance the shape, size, and strength of teeth
- Reduce sizable gaps between teeth
- Help correct bite issues
- Address minor misalignment
- Repair chipped, cracked, and fractured teeth
- Replace one or all missing teeth in a smile
By using innovative treatment techniques, technology, and an all-inclusive approach, modern cosmetic dentistry can provide many benefits for your dental function and overall oral health.
Oral Health and Smile Aesthetics
Beautiful smiles begin with healthy teeth and gums free of disease, infection, and decay. As your trusted team for professional dental care, we take the time to educate you about why proper oral health must be established before recommending cosmetic treatment.
Our team believes achieving beautiful smiles is a collaborative effort. When explaining the important role oral hygiene has on your smile’s health and appearance, we also coach you on oral health care best practices, tips, and how caring for your smile between visits benefits aesthetics and overall well-being.
What Cosmetic Dentistry Services Do You Offer?
Because every smile is unique, with every individual having their own specific dental concerns and goals for treatment, we offer comprehensive services tailored to meet the needs of each. Our available services include:
Professional Teeth Whitening
While teeth are strong, tooth enamel is absorbent, making it easy for foods and drinks rich with dark pigment to stain your teeth. Common culprits that lead to enamel staining include coffee, tea, red wine, tomato sauces, curry, and dark berries. Deeper discoloration, which changes the inner layer of your teeth, also known as the dentin, can result from injury, certain medications, and genetics.
Whatever the cause of your staining, professional teeth whitening can rejuvenate your smile to its radiant luster safely and effectively. Our office uses the Philips Zoom® 2 whitening system that not only removes surface staining but can also break up deep discoloration in the dentin, allowing you to enjoy a brighter, whiter smile both inside and out!
Why Choose Professional Whitening with Zoom 2?
Zoom whitening uses professional-grade whitening gel that is specifically made for professional use. This means your whitening is not only powerful but also delivers safe and radiant results.
The Zoom whitening gel penetrates beneath your enamel to access stubborn stains and breaks up the molecules responsible for the discoloration. Depending on your level of staining, our whitening system can brighten your smile by up to eight shades within as little as 45 minutes!
What is The Zoom Whitening Process?
First, we’ll perform a thorough dental cleaning and polishing to ensure no plaque or food residue will get in the way of your whitening. Once cleaned, we’ll show you the current shade of your teeth on a color chart and what shade we as a team are looking to achieve. This allows you to gain a better idea of what your results will look like.
We then apply a cream on your lips and gums to protect them from the whitening solution, helping minimize the risk of tooth sensitivity. Once prepped, we carefully and evenly apply the whitening solution across your entire smile. A special LED light activates the whitening gel, and Dr. Dixon or a member of her trusted team monitors the treatment until the desired shade is achieved. The entire process typically takes about 45 minutes.
How Can I Make Sure My Whitening Results Stay Bright?
While teeth whitening performed in our Southfield office is effective, it’s not uncommon for results to fade over time. However, there are things you can do to help ensure your smile stays whiter longer!
Below are five tips we like to recommend to patients to help keep their smile bright after whitening:
- Eat healthy foods rich in fiber and nutrition
- Quit smoking and limit alcohol
- Drink plenty of water
- Chew sugar-free gum
- Visit our office for routine cleanings and whitening touch-ups
Made of beautiful, lifelike porcelain, veneers are thin-yet-durable ceramic shells placed strategically onto the surfaces of your teeth. Because of this, veneers can address multiple smile limitations at once, providing you that picture-perfect smile of your dreams.
When receiving veneers at our office, you get to control the shape, size, and shade of your teeth, creating a smile that is truly designed for you.
Who Can Get Veneers?
Most adults make great candidates for veneers. As with all our available cosmetic treatments, our dentist will evaluate the current health of your teeth and gums to ensure a strong foundation of oral health is established first. If any concerns are detected, she will address them effectively before starting your veneer treatment.
Next, we’ll conduct a detailed discussion to determine what you like and what you wish to change in your smile. Because veneers are highly versatile, they can address a wide variety of cosmetic and functional issues. Common concerns that veneers can correct include dental chips, cracks, unwanted gaps between teeth, deeply discolored teeth, and even mild misalignment.
Fillings, Inlays, Onlays, and Crowns: Which is Best for Me?
White, composite fillings and porcelain inlays, onlays, and crowns are commonly used to address various types of dental damage and wear while also enhancing appeal. First, we’ll analyze your level of damage, along with the natural shade, contours, and shape of your teeth to determine which aesthetic restoration will be best for your needs.
To gain a better perspective of each option, their benefits, and treatment considerations, continue reading below.
White, Composite Fillings are great for restoring the strength and natural appearance to a tooth damaged by smaller amounts of wear and decay.
First, we’ll choose the right shade of composite material which best matches the color of your natural tooth enamel. Once cavities and decay are removed, our dentist will either fill in the affected areas with the composite filling material or apply it directly onto the surface of your tooth. This allows us to provide you with a filling that mimics the characteristics of your natural tooth.
- Address minor chips, cracks, and fractures from an injury, or clenching and grinding
- Fill in smaller cavities
- Renew strength to a weakened tooth
- Repair enamel
- Preserve a tooth that has most of its natural structure
- Can be completed within a single office visit
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays are used to help repair teeth with larger cavities and damage, but not enough to require a crown. These aesthetic restorations are customized inserts that are made outside of your smile to fit perfectly in the spaces where previous damage or decay has impacted your tooth. Both inlays and onlays are made to be placed on the biting surfaces of your teeth.
Porcelain inlays and onlays:
- Can be matched perfectly to your natural tooth color and structure
- Function, look and feel like your natural tooth when placed
- Are resistant to staining
- Are durable and strong once bonded, adding strength to a weakened tooth
- Can last five to ten years on average, possibly more when cared for properly
Porcelain Crowns are tooth prosthetics designed to look and function exactly like a healthy, natural tooth. Because crowns encase a vulnerable or weakened tooth, they help protect the entire structure, and the porcelain materials used also renew aesthetics.
Porcelain crowns are also very versatile. With crowns, we can:
- Repair a cracked or fractured tooth
- Cover a tooth with large fillings
- Preserve a tooth treated with root canal therapy
- Reshape a worn, chipped, or misshaped tooth
- Complete a dental implant
Is a Beautiful Smile Still Achievable If I Have Missing Teeth?
It sure is! With dental implants, a healthy, beautiful, and functional smile is achievable once more – continue reading to find out how!
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement available that can replace the entire anatomy of a missing tooth, from the root to the crown. Implants can do this because they’re titanium posts that, once inserted into the jawbone, are accepted by the body, allowing them to fuse naturally with living tissue and bone. This fusing process, also known as osseointegration, allows your implants to serve as artificial tooth roots and become a permanent part of your jawbone.
Considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth by both dental and medical professionals, dental implants can restore one to all teeth lost within a smile while also renewing beauty and function when restorations are attached.
Aesthetic Options for Replacing Missing Teeth
At Dixon Family Dentistry, we provide beautiful restoration appliances supported by implants that are crafted from top-of-the-line materials to help rejuvenate the natural appeal and functions of your smile.
Our implant-supported restorations include:
When your custom restoration is attached to implants, not only can you enjoy lasting security and durability, but can also enjoy benefits such as the preservation of natural facial features, neighboring teeth, and improved digestion.
Achieve a More Confident Smile Today!
When you have complete confidence in your smile’s health and appeal it shows! Brilliant and symmetrical smiles are known for contributing to memorable first impressions, promoting positive experiences, and helping enhance the moods of those around you! Why not experience a smile you’re proud to show off for yourself?
At Dixon Family Dental, we provide cosmetic dentistry designed with your comfort, confidence, and overall well-being in mind, contact us today! We love serving residents throughout Southfield and Oakland County.
CALL US: (248) 552-0223 REQUEST APPOINTMENT