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Cosmetic dentistry continues to grow in popularity each year, with more and more dentists acquainting themselves with the necessary procedures to make patients' smiles shine. Below, are a few scenarios in which Dr. Jennifer Robb's Lorain office can help rejuvenate your look!
Do you have discolored teeth?
If your smile isn't as white as you'd like it to be, your teeth have likely become stained from coffee, tea, or other foods and beverages. Your Lorain dentist offers an affordable, easy cosmetic solution with an in-office whitening treatment. Unlike over-the-counter bleaching products, which can take months to produce results and require ongoing maintenance, professional whitening treatment from Dr. Jennifer Robb only takes 30 to 45 minutes, offers immediate results, and can last as long as a year!
Do you have a chip on the edge of your tooth?
Chips are very common dental injuries, whether it's from overzealously biting down on a piece of hard candy or experiencing a childhood accident. Although a misshapen tooth can be distracting and prevent you from smiling as comfortably as you should, these spaces can be filled in with bonding from our cosmetic dentist. Dr. Robb will carefully sculpt the bonding material into place and use a curing light to harden it. The material will be matched to the color of your teeth and is very durable and long-lasting.
Do you have missing teeth?
A missing tooth isn't just unsightly; it makes eating more difficult and can put your other teeth in jeopardy of shifting out of place. All of these problems can be solved with one amazing restoration—a dental implant from our Lorain office. Dental implants aren't just cosmetic, though! They help to stabilize both your jawbone and the rest of your teeth by replicating the structure of a natural tooth. They're designed to be comfortable, permanent, and low-maintenance, making them the best option for restoring your smile.
Interested? Give us a call!
For all your dental needs, contact Dr. Jennifer Robb in Lorain, OH, at (440) 960-1940 to schedule an appointment today!
No smile is perfect, but smiles which have damaged or missing teeth need restoration to be fully functional and beautiful. Your Lorain, OH family dentist, Dr. Jennifer Robb, uses porcelain bridgework and crowns to fill gaps and bring damaged enamel back to life. Get the wonderful smile you deserve with quality restorative services from Dr. Robb and her team.
What is a dental crown?
Meticulously crafted from fine-grade dental porcelain, a crown is a tooth-shaped cap which covers the visible portion of a damaged tooth. Based on her findings from oral examination and X-rays, your family dentist in Lorain determines if a decayed, injured or misshapen tooth would benefit from this reliable and long-lasting restoration.
The crown process takes a couple of appointments to Dr. Robb's office:
- The first involves evaluation of the tooth, taking oral impressions and shaping the tooth to receive the crown.
- The second involves permanently bonding the porcelain crown over the prepared tooth and adapting the bite and fit with the opposite arch of teeth.
What is fixed bridgework?
Fixed bridgework replaces missing teeth--one, two or more which neighbor each other. The pontic, or artificial teeth, are naturally-colored and shaped. They attach to remaining real, or abutment, teeth via dental crowns.
Because the abutment teeth receive crowns and anchor the bridgework, they must be ground down and shaped to hold the bridgework in place. The wider the bridge is--in other words, the more pontic teeth there are--the more crowns Dr. Robb will install to hold the appliance securely in place. Your care plan and dental appliance will be custom-made to your specific preferences and oral health needs.
Advantages of crowns and bridgework
These restorations carry the following benefits:
- Restored smile aesthetics
- Youthful facial appearance
- Improve self-confidence
- Proper speech, biting and chewing
- Stabilization of teeth adjoining the smile gap (no tooth drift)
- Long lifespan
When well cared for, most crowns and bridges last for at least ten years.
Cleaning your crown and bridgework
While these restorations don't decay, they can collect harmful plaque and tartar at the gum line, a common place for periodontal problems to begin. So, when you go home with your crowns and bridgework in place, floss carefully at least once a day and brush twice a day just as the American Dental Association advises.
Follow any special instructions your hygienist may give you, and be sure to see Dr. Robb every six months for your route check-up and professional cleaning. Preventive measure such as these will keep your entire smile bright and healthy.
Ready for a change?
Come see Dr. Robb at her Lorain, OH office, and learn more about smile restoration through crowns and bridgework. Call for a consultation at (440) 960-1940.
Is personal appearance important? Just ask people who dislike how their teeth and gums look. They cover their mouths when they laugh and smile. They feel awkward socially. Others perceive them as less attractive, smart and approachable. If you doubt these generalities, research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) proves them. At the office of Dr. Jennifer Robb in Lorain, OH your dentist crafts rejuvenated smiles which look stunning and present the individual's personality. Dr. Robb can help you look and feel your best, too.
What do people want to change?
Regarding their smiles, most people would like to change their tooth color, says the AACD. As such, professional teeth whitening has become very popular among American teens and adults. In addition, Dr. Robb's patients also wish to alter:
- Gaps and overcrowding
- Hairline cracks and chips
- Tooth length that is too long, too short or uneven
- Excessive amounts of gum tissue
With any makeover--whether simple or complex--Dr. Robb asks her patients to think of realistic, achievable smile goals. Through a careful examination and precise imaging techniques, she offers ways to improve smiles while still preserving individual personalities.
Cosmetic dentistry services
We've already mentioned one: professional teeth whitening. For people with healthy teeth and gums, Dr. Robb offers two kinds: a fast in-office version and a more gradual at-home version. Both safely remove deep organic stains embedded in tooth enamel. Often, patients are so thrilled with the dramatic results, they do not pursue any other kinds of treatments.
However, for individuals with more complex goals, Dr. Robb offers:
- Composite resin bonding, which uses a tooth-colored mix acrylic and glass to repair small defects
- Porcelain veneers, ultra-thin and natural-looking laminates which disguise larger dental flaws
- Cosmetic contouring, a simple resurfacing and reshaping of damaged tooth enamel
- Tooth-colored fillings, the beautiful and durable alternative to dark metal restorations
Of course, excellent oral health supports smile aesthetics. So, with your smile analysis, Dr. Robb will ensure your teeth and gums are at their healthiest before she proceeds with any cosmetic dentistry services in her Lorain office.
Find out more
Join Dr. Robb's group of many satisfied patients who show beautifully enhanced smiles. Call the office today for your own cosmetic dentistry consultation, and bring along your questions and smile goals: (440) 960-1940.
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
The big day you've waited for all your life is just around the corner — your wedding day! And to make that day as special as possible you've been working on making yourself more attractive.
In all your preparations, don't forget your smile. There are many ways to make it shine, some requiring little time or effort. A professional dental cleaning and polishing, for example, can do wonders for brightening your smile. If you have above normal staining, you can also undergo professional whitening to remove stains and enhance your teeth's natural color.
Some problems, though, like chipped, slightly misaligned or heavily stained teeth may require more than a cleaning or whitening session. In these cases, you might consider covering these less attractive teeth with porcelain veneers to transform their appearance. As the name implies, veneers are a thin layer of tooth-colored, translucent porcelain custom designed for you and bonded permanently to the visible tooth.
While veneers can significantly change your smile, it can't fix every appearance problem. Some teeth require more extensive dental work, like a porcelain crown that completely covers a tooth, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. In more complex situations you may want to look at orthodontics to repair an unattractive bite, or plastic surgery to change the look of a gummy smile.
Keep in mind, though, many of such treatments take time: installing dental implants can take months and some orthodontic treatments, years. As soon as you can, you should discuss your smile appearance with your dentist and what can be done to enhance it in the time you have.
With the help of your dentist, orthodontist or other specialist, you can change your smile. And that, along with all your other preparations, will help make that once in a lifetime day even more special.
If you would like more information on undergoing a smile makeover, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”