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By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
February 19, 2020
Category: Dental
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry procedures have opened up a tremendous amount of ways to improve your smile. No matter what bothers you about your smile, chances are there is an option to correct it and give you the beautiful smile you deserve. Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston Salem, North Carolina offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry choices to remake your smile.

Let’s consider just a few of the many ways we can help your smile:

Professional teeth whitening is an excellent option to whiten and brighten a dull, aging smile. You can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades, and your amazing results can last for years You can be assured professional teeth whitening is safe too, because the products have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association.

Cosmetic bonding, contouring, and reshaping are often combined to hide many aesthetic issues. Bonding uses composite, a liquid material that can be matched to the color of your teeth and sculpted to match natural tooth contours. Contouring and reshaping are often combined with bonding to even out chipped edges and minimize the appearance of crowding, tooth overlap, and other issues.

Porcelain veneers are the option of choice if you want a dramatic difference in the beauty of your smile. Veneers are versatile enough to hide many minor and major aesthetic issues. They are thin laminates of beautiful, stain-resistant porcelain that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. You should consider veneers if you have teeth that are:

  • Chipped or cracked
  • Eroded or abraded
  • Discolored or stained

You can also minimize the appearance of crowded teeth, rotated teeth, gaps between your teeth and other alignment issues. In fact, you can change the size, color, and shape of your teeth with veneers. The choice is up to you!

Dr. Perrotta can help you discover more about your cosmetic dentistry options and which procedure is the right choice for you. To find out more ways to remake your smile, call Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston Salem, North Carolina today.

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
July 17, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: bonding  

Composite resin bonding is one of today's most popular and versatile dentistry services. Remaking small enamel defects in size, shape, and color, and also, restoring dental decay, composite resin is realistic, easy, quick, and cost-sparing. Your dentist in Winston Salem, Dr. Denise Perrotta, beautifies smiles with true artistic and technical skill. Learn more here.

Your tooth structure

It's comprised of interior soft pulp, yellow dentin and rock-hard enamel. All three layers contribute to a tooth's vitality, strength, function, and appearance. When the outermost layer--enamel--is chipped, cracked, or pitted, smile appearance is less than satisfactory. However, not all defects require tooth replacement or extensive restoration through fillings, porcelain crowns or dental veneers.

Fixing cosmetic problems

Enter composite resin. A unique blend of glass particles and acrylic, composite resin mimics tooth enamel in strength, color, resiliency and texture. It's well-suited to remake:

  • Gaps
  • Mild overlapping
  • Defects in tooth-length and shape
  • Chips
  • Hairline cracks
  • Craze lines
  • Pits

After examining the tooth in question, the Winston Salem dentist cleans the tooth, buffs it and adds an etching chemical. With the surface prepared, she chooses a resin which matches the color of the natural tooth enamel. She adds the resin to the flaw in layers, hardening each with a special ultraviolet light.

Layer by layer, she builds up the tooth structure and gives it a final shaping and polishing. Also, she checks the dental bite to ensure it is accurate and comfortable. In all, the procedure takes half an hour to an hour and requires no anesthetic of any kind.

Caring for composite resin repairs

Composite resin bonding produces amazing results which last ten years or more, provided you are gentle with your teeth. in other words:

  • Brush twice a day for two minutes as the American Dental Association recommends.
  • Floss daily to stay ahead of plaque and tartar.
  • Get your semi-annual check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Perrotta.
  • Avoid highly staining foods, or limit, them (items such as coffee, blackberries, and curry).
  • Stop all tobacco usage.
  • Wear a bite guard if you repeatedly grind or clench your teeth.

Make dental defects disappear

Find out what composite resin could do for your smile. Contact Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston Salem, NC, for a cosmetic dentistry consultation to learn your options. Phone (336) 760-9258.

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