The goal in the creation of cosmetic dental restorations is to simulate, or improve upon, the appearance of the natural dentition. Successful Washington DC cosmetic dentistry restorations must integrate harmoniously with the whole of the face, not just with the surrounding teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Washington DC
The cosmetic dentistry evaluation and design process is paramount to long-term success. The artistry of digital protocols allows us to design, image, and develop the smile before any irreversible care is begun. This is a collaborative process between dentist and patient to assure you get the smile of your dreams.
Services may include:
- Teeth Whitening
- Minor Clear Retainer Tooth Movement
- Smile Makeovers
- Tooth Bonding
- Dental Veneers
- Dental Crowns
- Cosmetic Implant-supported restorations
As we age, our enamel may thin, leaving the layer of the tooth called dentin exposed. Dentin is naturally yellow in color and causes a yellow-tinted discoloration to the teeth. Consuming highly acidic food and beverages can exasperate discoloration and stain the surface of the teeth.
Chevy Chase Digital Dentistry offers at-home teeth whitening. Our professional at-home teeth whitening system requires custom-made trays to fit perfectly over your teeth and uses professional quality whitening gel. In one to two weeks, you will see results. Unlike over-the-counter teeth whitening options, professional at-home systems whiten all of your teeth and are designed to provide maximum comfort with minimized tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.
Minor Clear Retainer Tooth Movement
Clear, near-invisible retainers have revolutionized orthodontic treatment, achieving the same results as traditional braces without many of the downsides. When worn consistently, clear retainers move the teeth in small increments and can complete minor cosmetic corrections in a matter of months.
In addition to cosmetic improvements, orthodontic movement of teeth can help create a stable, even, and comfortable bite. Our office uses your digital mouth scans to create retainers that will gradually move your teeth to a straight position. For more involved orthodontic needs, we work as a team with some of the area’s best orthodontists.
When more extensive problems are present, a different corrective pathway is needed to find the best and most conservative solution.
We follow a 4-step comprehensive approach:
1. Comprehensive Evaluation
Dr. Cobb or Dr. Cima will carefully assess the teeth, gums, mouth, jaw joints, and muscles, looking for signs of decay, stress, or instability. Because many of a patient’s cosmetic dental concerns are caused by functional abnormalities, it is important to correct any health or functional problems prior to making cosmetic improvements to ensure there is no recurrence of either the cosmetic or functional concerns.
2. Solution Planning
The 3Shape design software allows Dr. Cobb and Cima to design solutions with immense efficiency and precision. Using 2D and 3D schematics, patients are able to view proposed corrective actions and results before any irreversible treatment is started.
Our approach to designing solution plans in more complex cases relies on two rules from Dr. Peter Dawson, a mentor, colleague, and dear friend of Dr. Cobb’s:
Rule 1: We always seek to solve the problems with the least amount of dentistry
Rule 2: “WIDIOM”— Would I Do It On Me?
3. Tooth Shaping and Prototypes
3D printing models of the solution design provide a road map for tooth shaping and prototypes, improving accuracy and reducing invasiveness. Prototypes are frequently printed ahead of time to supply a precise representation of anticipated results.
Traditionally the term “temporaries” has been used for these interim restorations. Prototypes more accurately portray the final result and allow for a “test drive” to confirm that planned treatments achieve desired cosmetic and restoration dentistry results and are functionally comfortable.
4. Final Restorations
Permanent restorative elements used for the final cosmetic procedures— such as crowns, porcelain veneers, and dental bridges— are produced at a state-of-the-art dental laboratory. We team with some of the country’s top dental laboratories and ceramists. Exact specifications using 2-D and 3-D modeling provide the laboratory with everything they need to achieve the best possible result.
Because of this comprehensive design process, the application of the final restoration is not a guess, but a predictable dependable result that feels comfortable, looks natural, and functions optimally.
Using today’s biocompatible tooth-colored materials, we are able to use bonding to provide a variety of dental solutions, such as to:
- Fill dental cavities
- Repair chips and cracks
- Close gaps between teeth
- Repair worn-down teeth
- Fix misshapen teeth
- Make teeth appear longer
- Improve the appearance of stained teeth
Bonding can serve as an economical permanent solution or a transition to porcelain veneers or crowns. Patients can usually receive dental bonding in just one appointment.
Chips, gaps, discoloration, and a host of additional cosmetic concerns can be corrected with veneers. Veneers work by covering the front part of your tooth with an ultra-thin layer of ceramic material. We can match the existing shades of your teeth or work with you to choose a new shade for a more dazzling smile.
Case planning is critical for porcelain veneers, and choosing an experienced cosmetic dentist ensures optimal esthetics and long-term wear. Dr. Cobb and Dr. Cima take a very conservative approach to porcelain veneers, retaining as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.
Severely worn and damaged teeth are at risk of further damage and potential loss. A crown is like putting new enamel on the entire tooth surface. A crown is a protective covering that sits on top of a broken tooth to restore function, prevent further damage, provide additional durability, and improve the appearance of severely misshapen and discolored teeth.
Our office spends a significant amount of time planning each crown to ensure proper placement and optimal results. A variety of materials are available and selected based on strength and cosmetic concerns.
Cosmetic Implant Restorations
Missing teeth can be enough to ruin self-confidence, leaving us less inclined to smile and show off our bright side. It can take a toll on physical health too. Missing teeth make eating difficult and also pave the way for issues like jaw bone degeneration, misalignment, and over-crowding when remaining teeth move into the gaps left behind.
Designed to restore both look and function to the original, dental implants are by far the most advanced and comprehensive solution for missing teeth. In fact, dental implants from our expert implantology team are so like the real thing that even you’ll find it hard to tell the difference.