A Look Inside Robert F. Treado, DMD and Some Cosmetic Procedures Offered

A growing number of Americans that have taken the steps toward improving the look of their smile say they are much happier with their lives. After a few simple cosmetic dentistry procedures, they feel more confident in both professional and social situations and often outshine others in photographs. Robert F. Treado, DMD and others in the surrounding area know first-hand how cosmetic dentistry has helped their patients look better and feel better.

Whiten and Brighten
For those who drink coffee on a regular basis and want to reduce or eliminate stains and discoloration, Robert F. Treado, DMD, as well as others, recommend whitening their teeth. It is simple, cost effective and the results can be quite dramatic. Although you can have a mouthpiece custom made and give the at-home whitening system a try, most people undergo the accelerated in-office procedure where a dentist bleaches the teeth using a safe, effective and painless method that whitens teeth immediately rather than having to wait four weeks.

Teeth whitening is not permanent; so once you make the investment, the best way to keep your teeth white and bright is to avoid dark beverages such as coffee and soda, and to take good care of your teeth.

Forming a Bond
If you have excess space between your teeth, or if they are chipped, broken, stained, and cracked it is recommended to undergo bonding. This inexpensive cosmetic dentistry procedure lasts for several years, and a dentist can usually do this procedure in a single visit. Its success is due in large part to the etching solution and composite resin that is directly applied to the tooth’s surface. Dentists also use bonding materials to fill small cavities or to protect the exposed root of a tooth.
Robert F. Treado, DMD will agree that one of the disadvantages is that cosmetic bonding is not as durable, or as long-lasting as veneers or other cosmetic dentistry procedures and patients should expect to undergo a procedure every two to three years.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Veneers are a thin shell of ceramic that bonds directly to the front side of a tooth and look virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Although it requires the patient to make three individual appointments and can be quite expensive depending on the total number, porcelain veneers have the ability to change a patient’s entire look.

They improve the color and shape of each tooth, as well as improve teeth with gaps, or teeth that are chipped, worn or have stains. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee and tea.

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