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By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry SmileGet the smile you’ve always wanted with a little help from cosmetic dentistry.

We know that nothing feels better than being confident in your appearance and your smile has a lot to do with how confident you feel. So, if certain dental imperfections are keeping you from smiling as often as you should then it’s time our Winston Salem, NC, cosmetic dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta helped you rediscover the power of a beautiful smile.

The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance and improve the overall color, shape, size and even alignment of one or more teeth. It’s amazing just how much our smile impacts our overall appearance, and cosmetic dentistry can help with everything from minor aesthetic adjustments to full makeovers. Our Winston Salem, NC, dentist can help you determine which cosmetic treatment or treatments will offer your smile the most benefit.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Options

There are some treatment options that are more commonly desired than others, but all have their place, purpose and benefits in the dental world (it really just depends on what you are hoping to achieve). The most popular types of cosmetic dentistry include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth contouring
  • Dental veneers
  • Dental implants (both restorative and cosmetic)

Do you want a whiter smile?

Professional teeth whitening will be able to get your smile several shades whiter in about one hour. Patients often turn to teeth whitening when they are dealing with more widespread and visible yellowing that at-home whitening toothpastes and treatments just can’t handle. If you have a special event or occasion coming up and you’re on a time crunch, professional teeth whitening can help you get that dazzling smile in no time.

Do you want to hide cracks, chips and other imperfections?

You have options. A lot will depend on the extent of these flaws. Small imperfections can often be smoothed away through tooth contouring (in which we shave very small amounts of enamel off the tooth to reshape it) or by applying dental bonding resin over these areas.

More drastic imperfections may require help from dental veneers, thin porcelain shells that cover the front surface of a tooth. Getting veneers is certainly more of a process than dental bonding or tooth reshaping but it can be worth it for someone who wants to get a flawless smile.

Do you want to replace a missing tooth?

Even though cosmetic dentistry is used to enhance your smile not to restore it, a dental implant is unique because it also is the closest thing you can get to a real tooth. It both functions and looks like a real tooth, providing a host of cosmetic and well as restorative benefits to the wearer.

Are you ready to chat about your cosmetic dentistry options here in Winston Salem, NC? If so, call Dr. Perrotta’s office today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with us.

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How professional teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Winston-Salem can enhance your smileteeth whitening

Do you smoke? Do you drink coffee? How about red wine? If you said yes to any of these questions, you probably have stains on your teeth. Your smile probably doesn’t look as beautiful as it could. It’s time for you to say goodbye to your dental stains and hello to professional teeth whitening. Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston-Salem, NC wants to share how a professional whitening treatment can enhance your smile.

Your teeth can acquire stains from many different sources including heavily pigmented foods like berries, red wine, coffee, and of course, smoking. Your teeth will also begin to look dull and yellow from the natural process of aging.

That’s because as you age, your enamel becomes thinner, exposing the yellow layer underneath, called dentin. The result is your once beautiful white smile is now dull, dingy, and yellow.

You may have tried over-the-counter whitening treatments only to find that the results weren’t dramatic enough, or the results didn’t last long enough. Professional tooth whitening is different because treatment is:

  • Quicker; the in-office treatment takes only about an hour
  • Better; you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades
  • Long-lasting; your results can last up to 5 years

Professional teeth whitening treatments also have a long history of safety and have been rigorously tested and approved for effectiveness. You don’t know what you are getting with over-the-counter products because many contain chemicals and abrasive agents that can actually cause tooth sensitivity. When you choose professional teeth whitening, you know you are choosing a safe product delivered by well-trained professionals.

Dr. Perrotta offers two options for professional teeth whitening. You can choose from:

  • In-office whitening; the fastest way to a white smile because it takes only about an hour
  • Take-home whitening; offering you the convenience of being able to whiten at your own pace, in your own home

You deserve to show the world your best smile, a smile that is dazzling, and interesting, a smile that gets you noticed. To start the process toward a white, beautiful smile call Dr. Perrotta in Winston-Salem, NC today!

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
September 12, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
April 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Thanks to innovative cosmetic dentistry treatments, you don't have to accept a smile that's less than perfect. cosmetic dentistryWinston Salem, NC, dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta explains how teeth whitening, veneers or one-day crowns can transform your smile.

Teeth whitening

It may have taken a few years for your teeth to have become dull or stained, but your smile can be renewed in as little as one hour when you visit Dr. Perrotta's Salem office for teeth whitening treatment. Teeth whitening is ever effective at removing extrinsic stains, the stains that affect the enamel of your teeth.

Hydrogen peroxide gel bleaches stains from your teeth quickly and safely. Although hydrogen peroxide is also the effective ingredient in many over-the-counter whitening kits, the dentist uses stronger concentrations that produce quicker results. Depending on the condition of your teeth, you may see a three to eight shade difference after your treatment.

Veneers

Dental veneers are one of the most popular and versatile cosmetic dentistry options available today. The thin porcelain shells conceal imperfections but are equally effective in closing small gaps, lengthening teeth and hiding discolored areas. Veneers are a good choice if you want to change the look of your smile, but don't want to undergo any complicated dental procedures. Since veneers are only attached to the fronts of teeth, preparation for them is simple and just requires the buffing of your teeth to make a lasting impression. Veneers are available in many shades of white and are attached using dental cement.

One-day crowns

Getting a crown used to involve making two trips to the dental office. During the first visit, your tooth is filed and an impression is made of your mouth. After the visit, you went home and waited a few weeks for the dental laboratory to finish your new crown. When you choose CEREC one-day crowns, you'll only need one visit. Dr. Perrotta uses the CEREC system's CAD/CAM software to design your crown, then mills it in her office, eliminating the need for a dental laboratory.

Could you benefit from one of these cosmetic dentistry treatments? Call Winston Salem, NC, dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta at (336) 760-9258 to schedule your appointment.

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry is gaining in popularity and becoming an often-requested, versatile and effective form of dentistry. cosmetic dentistryHowever, choosing the right procedure for you can seem overwhelming with all of the choices available. Learning about the top five cosmetic procedures can help make your choice easy. Find out more with your Winston Salem, NC, dentist, Dr. Denise Perrotta.

Top Five Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Winston Salem

Teeth Whitening: Depending on your preference, professional teeth whitening treatment in your dentist’s office can greatly change the appearance of your smile or subtly lighten the color of your teeth to a more pleasing color. When compared to over-the-counter variations which require weeks or months of continuous use, professional teeth whitening proves to be much more effective and provides faster, more obvious results in a single session.

Dental Implants: Dental implants permanently replace your missing tooth. However, implants also replace that tooth’s root, making them the only tooth replacement which fights against bone atrophy due to lack of stimulation. Implants last a lifetime and hold a porcelain replacement tooth in place to provide a full, beautiful smile. Dental implants are versatile and can replace one, several or all of your teeth depending on your situation.

Veneers: Dental veneers attach to the front of your teeth to change their shape, width, length, color or imperfections. Your dentist can use veneers on all of your teeth for a more impressive transformation or only a few teeth for a more subtle change. Veneers, made from porcelain, have the same light-reflecting qualities and general appearance as natural teeth, allowing them to blend right into your smile.

Crowns/Bridges: Crowns and bridges are porcelain dental restorations which fall under both the cosmetic and restorative dental specializations. While their natural appearance can cover an existing tooth or replace a missing tooth, crowns and bridges also provide stabilization to a damaged or weakened tooth and help strengthen teeth which have large fillings, such as after root canal therapy.

Orthodontics: Orthodontic treatment is beneficial in giving you the straight, perfect Hollywood smile you desire and also in correcting tooth and bite issues to reduce the chances of tooth decay or other conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Additionally, orthodontics no longer mean wearing the traditional metal brackets and wires. With treatments like ceramic, tooth-colored braces or Invisalign, you can straighten your smile without compromising your look.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry or one of the procedures listed above, please contact Dr. Perrotta in Winston Salem, NC. Call (336) 760-9258 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Perrotta today!



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