What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Tri-Cities cosmetic dentist Dr. Lee Ostler combines artistic expertise along with the latest advances in cosmetic dental materials and techniques to create the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
Being a cosmetic dentist is more than doing teeth whitening, “bonding”, or using tooth-colored filling materials. The yellow pages and internet are filled with so-called “cosmetic dentists” who meet that minimum requirement – so much so that anymore, being a “cosmetic dentist” is cliché, even (yawn) passé!
Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dentistry choice. While over-the-counter solutions are widely advertised their effect is limited due to lower strength concentrations of whitening gels, and their very difficult placement and application. Custom take-home trays and bleaching gels professionally supervised by your dental team provides more satisfying and durable results. Come in for a consultation to determine the best method and product choice for your situation.
Porcelain veneers and crowns are a durable cosmetic dental fix for chipped, stained or misaligned teeth. A dental veneer is made of strong ceramic porcelain that is bonded to the front of the tooth. They correct the size, length, shape, contour and spacing, as well as the color of your natural teeth.
Dental implants are used today to replace one or more missing teeth or to secure bridges or dentures with the similar strength of a natural tooth. As such, they combine both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Dental implants function just like a natural healthy tooth. They also help preserve the jaw bone and prevent collapse of the smile and face due to missing teeth.
Replace old silver amalgam fillings (which expand, crack and crack teeth) with tooth-colored composite resin filling material. These new composite fillings restores natural color and appearance of your teeth while helping to protect them from further cracking and breakdown.
Dental crowns (also known as “caps”) are used to cover and restore a tooth that is decayed or damaged. There is a variety of types of crowns, the most popular today being porcelain crowns which restore form, function and natural appearance. When a porcelain crown is adhesively bonded to a tooth it provides a durable, comfortable and confident solution.
A “smile makeover” is when several teeth in the “smile zone” are restored and treated with bonded porcelain restorations. Strong modern opalescence porcelains which mimic the natural vitality of teeth can fix crooked teeth, and worn down and aged and unsightly smiles in as little as two dental visits.
If fear has kept you from coming to the dentist, it’s time to come back. Your teeth and smile is restored while you deeply relax or even fall asleep. Safe dental sedation allows multiple procedures fixing years of neglect to be completed during a single visit.
The 21 Principles of Smile Design
As a former clinical instructor in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Ostler has trained with and taught some of the most experienced cosmetic dentists in the world. He is also author of the acclaimed book “21 Principles of Smile Design” used by dentists throughout the United States to help their patients understand the factors that make up a great smile – either in nature or at the hands of a truly experienced cosmetic dentist.
Cosmetic dentistry properly performed combines various techniques and treatments along with exquisite laboratory support, to create a spectacular, radiant and natural-looking smile. With a more youthful smile you can create and restore a positive self-confidence that is hard to ignore. And you will be impressing the important people in your life at home, work, and out and about.
The “Hollywood Dentistry” of the past has now merged with strong space-age materials and modern techniques to restore dingy, aging worn-down smiles, to their youthful strength and glory. Durable comfortable bites and bright smiles are now the custom of our day. And they are what career enhancement and social confidence are all about!
Cosmetic dentistry is more than taking years off your face, or having a brighter sexier smile, or having healthy kissable breath. It’s a durable smile that screams confidence with a youthful exuberance that knocks their socks off!
That’s cosmetic dentistry!
A Note Straight From the Patient Seat...
From time to time our patients send in little notes, cards, thank yous and such regarding the dental work / service that we've done for them.