Your smile is an important part of your personality and having beautiful, bright, and healthy teeth allow you to express yourself with confidence. Dr. Brian Carkeet offers state-of-the-art cosmetic dental care in Bishop to address your aesthetic desires and improve your oral health.
Call our office and schedule an appointment to find out which cosmetic dental treatment works best for you.
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A Beautiful Smile is a Healthy Smile! Here’s Why!
The health and beauty of your smile go hand in hand. There is a strong connection between oral health and overall health. A beautiful smile can be a sign of good health, while gum disease and loose teeth can be a sign of underlying issues.
- Discolored teeth can be a sign that the enamel has worn off and exposed the dentin below.
- Teeth that are cracked or worn may indicate a weakened structure.
- Missing teeth may cause problems with surrounding teeth, resulting in more decay or dental shifting.
- Crooked or misaligned teeth are harder to keep clean and can also affect your bite.
- A bite that is off may result in TMD (temporomandibular disorder), which may cause clicking noises, jaw joint pain, and chronic headaches.
- Receding gums can lead to bone damage and tooth loss.
- Inflamed or irritated gums are a sign of gum disease which can affect the heart, immune system, and diabetes.
Establishing optimal oral health before proceeding with any of cosmetic treatments will improve your results and your health overall.
Cosmetic Services as Unique as Your Individual Smile
When visiting us for cosmetic dental care, you can be assured that our treatments are designed to bring out the very best in your smile. Dr. Carkeet spends time during each visit to go over any concerns, questions, and aesthetic goals you may have to develop a customized plan that works best in your favor.
Our available cosmetic options include:
Professional Teeth Whitening for a Whiter, Brighter Smile
When whitening your smile, your teeth can be lightened by several shades. We only use professional-grade to brighten your smile safely and effectively. Professional whitening is often an excellent treatment for those with permanent teeth and good oral health. Teeth whitening performed by our trained professionals works well for anyone with stubborn, yellowish stains. With our take-home or in-office methods, you can enhance your smile at your ultimate convenience.
In Office Whitening
Our in-office teeth whitening technique puts you on the fast track towards a brighter smile. Because the whitening gel is at a high concentration, your gums are protected using a barrier. We then apply a liquid barrier along the gumline, which hardens once cured by a blue light. This barrier prevents the solution used to whiten your smile from touching your gums and causing irritation. Our team then administers the whitening solution evenly to your teeth and monitors its activation until the desired shade of lightness is achieved.
With this method, your whitening gel is provided in a kit along with custom trays which you will apply yourself at home. Though still strong, the whitening gel is less concentrated for your safety with recommended treatment time being around 30-60 minutes.
Composite Bonding for Smile Rejuvenation
Bonding repairs minor cosmetic problems like chips and cracks. This procedure involves mending composite, enamel-colored materials with the surfaces of teeth to restructure them while creating a natural appearance. Bonding works best in the most visible teeth in your smile. Dental bonding can be used to cover up imperfections on the teeth, but it also has other benefits, which include:
- Filling small gaps between teeth
- Restoring the look of decayed teeth
- Changing the shape of teeth
- Repairing dental chips or cracks
- Blending to cover up tooth discoloration
- Protecting tooth roots after they’ve been exposed by receding gums
- Making small teeth look longer to match the rest of the smile
Why We Use Composite Fillings
White fillings are used after teeth have been treated for cavities or decay. We use composite, tooth-colored materials for our fillings which mimic natural appearances and providing reliable durability.
Although amalgam fillings are strong, sturdy, and used for decades, they aren’t aesthetically pleasing, or entirely safe.
Composite resin fillings are just as strong as amalgam fillings, but they look natural and have no traces of mercury, which is found in more traditional, amalgam fillings. In fact, you could have all your front teeth treated with composite fillings and still not be able to tell the difference between the treatment and your natural teeth.
Composite resin fillings also do not expand and contract like amalgam fillings when exposed to differences in temperatures. This means your treated tooth in need of a filling and surrounding teeth won’t experience any damage.
Porcelain Crowns for Enhancing Aesthetics and Function
Crowns protect teeth from further damage, decay, and re-infection. Crowns are life-like dental prosthetics that encompass the entire structure of your treated tooth.
We prefer to use porcelain over those made with metal as all-porcelain versions are much more aesthetically pleasing. Porcelain crowns can be made thinner, requiring less tooth preparation. They will not stain or change color. Not to mention, porcelain materials are safe for the body.
What is a Fixed Bridge and How is it Different from a Crown?
Bridges replace one to several missing teeth using a prosthetic that rests on top of healthy teeth. This method requires that existing, neighboring teeth be altered to keep the bridge in place with crowns.
Bridges attached to dental implants used implant posts for long-lasting security instead of natural, neighboring teeth.
The Primary Differences
A crown is a prosthetic used to repair a badly-broken or damaged tooth without the need for extraction or dental implants. Basically, a crown is a dental cap used to restore a tooth to its original appearance and prevent further damage or decay.
A bridge, unlike a crown, uses existing teeth to fill in the area left empty by a missing tooth or teeth. This method anchors the prosthetic teeth into the gap with the help of two adjacent teeth to establish symmetry and create a natural-looking appearance.
Full or partial dentures replace missing teeth with a set of false prosthetic teeth that rest on a pink acrylic which mimic gums. These prosthetics can completely restore a smile with little to no teeth left.
Unlike bridges and some full dentures, partials are a removable option for replacing teeth. Another main difference is that partial dentures include both artificial gums made from pink acrylic and false teeth. Bridges consist of just purely artificial teeth. A partial denture is attached in your mouth using clasps or precision attachments that clip on to your natural teeth.
Porcelain Veneers for Transforming Your Smile
Veneers are thin, yet durable porcelain shells bonded over the surfaces of your teeth to adjust their shape, size, and color.
Veneers can be used to address numerous smile limitations, which include:
- Teeth that are severely discolored
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped, cracked or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned
- Teeth that are uneven or crooked
- Teeth that are irregularly shaped
- Teeth with gaps between them
Do Veneers Really Look and Feel Like Real Teeth?
The answer is that porcelain veneers should feel completely natural within your smile. You shouldn’t even notice them when you’re talking, eating, or doing anything with your teeth. And they should look and feel just like regular teeth.
When administered by Dr. Carkeet, our skilled cosmetic dentist who takes the time to listen to your concerns and craft a beautiful smile unique to you, your porcelain veneers can look amazing.
With proper care, porcelain veneers can last decades or even a lifetime.
Invisalign for a Subtle Alternative to Traditional Orthodontics
Do you have misaligned teeth that you’ve wanted to be straightened for years, but you also want to avoid the obviousness of metal braces? Invisalign is a welcomed, alternative way to achieve your dream of straighter teeth.
If you’re considered a good candidate by our team, you’ll wear Invisalign’s virtually-invisible aligners for about 12 to 18 months, for up to 22 hours daily. You will visit our office every six weeks to monitor progress and pick up the next series of trays.
The Advantages of Invisalign over Traditional Metal Braces
Natural-Looking Appearance - Traditional braces are in no way discreet because of their metal components. Invisalign aligners are so clear; they’re practically invisible.
Fewer Athletic Restrictions - Those who are passionate sports players often avoid metal braces. They fear the damage and pain of experiencing an injury that can cause damage to traditional braces.
With Invisalign, you can remove your aligners for practice or game time, store them safely away, and place them back after you’re done.
No Dietary Restrictions - Because your clear Invisalign trays are removable; you can eat and drink without care or worry.
Improved Oral Hygiene - It’s difficult to brush and floss around metal braces. Because you can remove your clear aligners while you brush, floss, and even whiten your teeth, this can increase your chances at improved, long-lasting oral hygiene and health.
Little to No Discomfort - Metal braces can be uncomfortable. The brackets are raised and can cause rubbing which scrapes and create sores on the inside cheeks. Invisalign’s smooth, sleek design eliminates the worry of potential pain or discomfort.
Contact Us for a Truly Beautiful Smile Today!
For more information on the cosmetic services we provide, call or visit our practice in Bishop and schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Carkeet. We’ll help you bring out the beauty in your smile!
CALL US: (760) 873-3227 REQUEST APPOINTMENT