Beautiful Smiles from Your Orlando Cosmetic Dentist
A beautiful smile is a valuable commodity. Your smile can non-verbally communicate many important messages including, “Hello, how are you?” “I’m glad to see you.” “Have a good day.” Unless, of course, you hide your smile because it’s not as attractive as you want it to be. If this is you, then consider cosmetic dentistry. At Sand Lake Dental in Orlando, FL, Dr. Maali and his staff provide a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you have a smile you’ll be glad to share with those around you.
One of the fastest and most convenient of all cosmetic dentistry treatments is teeth whitening. With time, a number of different factors degrade the brightness of our smiles. There’s the food we eat—tomatoes, berries and chocolate—and the beverages we drink—coffee, tea, red wine—that are darkly colored. Smoking discolors teeth, too, along with some antibiotics and some forms of chemotherapy. Teeth grinding and physical injuries can also darken your teeth. To reverse the effects of these offenders, Dr. Maali offers Zoom! Whitening. This in-office service takes about an hour and can make your smile several shades whiter with only one treatment.
If your smile is marred by several cosmetic flaws at once, porcelain veneers might be the best choice for a transformation! These custom-made restorations are designed to be extremely thin so that they can fit over just the front surface of your teeth, effectively hiding stains, chips, cracks, gaps and more behind a brand-new appearance that’s beautifully natural-looking and free of imperfections. Your new veneer will be crafted from high-quality dental porcelain as well, which is resistant to gradual dental discoloration.
While traditional veneers are an excellent cosmetic solution, they do require the teeth to be permanently altered in order to accommodate their placement. Lumineers are also available here in Orlando, FL as a much more convenient alternative that provides similar, aesthetically pleasing results without requiring any significant tooth alteration. This means that patients can return to their natural smile later on if they choose to do so.
All-Porcelain Crowns & Bridges
When a tooth is damaged—whether by injury, decay, or even normal wear and tear—restoring that tooth is imperative. With a restoration, your tooth can continue to function and be a healthy component of your beautiful smile. Depending on the degree of damage, Dr. Maali may recommend a dental crown. This restoration—also known as a dental cap—encases an entire tooth to protect and reinforce the tooth.
A crown is often the preferred restoration for a tooth that is:
- Severely cracked and in danger of splitting
- Broken or fractured
- Extensively decayed
- Compromised by a broken filling or existing crown
- In need of protection and added strength after root canal therapy
A bridge is a dental restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth by using the teeth on either side of the gap as anchors or “abutments.” Since these other teeth are to be shaved or “prepared” to be used as bridge retainers, there is sometimes the risk for sensitivity or future caries and fractures on these teeth. That’s why a dental implant should be considered first as the ideal tooth replacement option. If your situation does not allow for an implant procedure due to lack of bone or risk of surgery, a dental bridge is a popular method to replace missing teeth in a fixed, permanent fashion. We highly recommend using good floss threading techniques and bi-annual dental hygiene cleaning appointments to monitor and prevent future problems.
Although there a few choices of materials for your dental crown and/or bridge, Dr. Maali usually prefers to place a porcelain crown with no metal. Not only is this material strong and durable, but it also provides a very natural appearance that mimics both the color and translucence of your natural teeth.
Digital Smile Preview
Wouldn’t it be great if you could see what your smile would look like after you’ve gotten a particular treatment BEFORE actually getting it? It would give you a much better idea of what to expect, and you could be certain that you were getting the exact smile that you want. Thanks to the SNAP system, that’s exactly what we can do.
The way it works is simple: we take a picture of you smiling, and with the help of software, we can adjust it to show what your teeth will look like after undergoing treatment. It can simulate the results of teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and even replacing missing teeth. Essentially, it can create “before and after” photos for you. This process only takes minutes to complete, and even better, we’ll include it as part of your free consultation. You can even take the photos home and show them to your family to see what they think! With SNAP, you can be confident that you’re always getting your perfect smile.