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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
November 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

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
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

You should know you have options when it comes to whitening your smile.

There are so many things that can cause our teeth to look less than white over time. Unfortunately, this is just one ofteeth whitening the facts of getting older; however, this doesn’t mean that you just have to accept that you’ll always have to go through life with stained teeth. Our Winston Salem, NC cosmetic dentist, Dr. Denise Perrotta, is here to make sure you get the cosmetic care your smile deserves to become vibrant and more youthful.

How Will Teeth Whitening Brighten My Smile?

Our teeth whitening system involves applying a whitening solution over the teeth that people will see when you smile. When the bleach is applied to these teeth it immediately goes after the stain molecules that are found in the enamel and dentin layers of the teeth.

The whitening gel may be left on your teeth from anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. A dental laser may also be used to help activate the gel and speed up the bleaching process. This is a great way to get rid of surface stains caused by certain foods or drinks, or just stains caused by aging. While our whitening system is able to easily remove yellow stains and some brown stains, it won’t work on gray stains (internal stains). Teeth whitening also won’t work to brighten dental restorations like fillings or crowns.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Getting professional teeth whitening in Winston Salem is completely safe. There is no research to suggest that whitening could actually harm your teeth when performed correctly. Of course, it’s important to note that some people may experience temporary side effects such as minor sensitivity, particular to hot and cold.

There are two types of active ingredients that are often used to whiten teeth: hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. Carbamide peroxide is often used in more home-based whitening systems because it can be left on teeth for longer periods of time without causing sensitivity. Most professional systems, on the other hand, use a faster-acting hydrogen peroxide, which can whiten teeth by as much as 10 shades in just one hour.

A whiter smile can instantly make you younger without the invasive cosmetic surgery. Call our Winston Salem, NC dental office to schedule your next whitening session with us or to find out if it’s right for you.



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