At Compton & Broomhead, we believe every individual deserves to feel confident about his or her smile. Now more than ever before, it’s possible to restore and repair damaged teeth through the use of modern technology procedures.Schedule An appointment
We’re all critical of our appearances to an extent, but at Compton & Broomhead, we believe every individual deserves to feel confident about his or her smile. Your smile introduces you before you say a word. Being self-conscious about your teeth may interfere with your life in negative ways by affecting relationships, altering interactions, or simply making you feel less like yourself.
Whether it be through our teeth whitening services or porcelain veneers, our cosmetic dentistry services are catered to patients who want to improve their smile’s appearance and enhance their smile-esteem.
When you come into our office, we’ll analyze your smile - no judgment, just professional observation - establish our procedural goal, and deliver stunning results in a comfortable, pain-free manner so that you can go out into the world with the beautiful smile that is your birthright.
Have you ever looked in the mirror or seen a photograph of yourself and been fixated on the shape of your teeth? Very few of us luck out with a flawless smile, and it’s perfectly normal to want to alter imperfections. If you have teeth that are oddly shaped, worn, or even damaged, cosmetic contouring could be the stepping stone between your current reality and the smile you’ve always desired.
Cosmetic contouring is a simple procedure for reshaping the teeth. Also known as odontoplasty, the process entails using a drill or laser to gently remove enamel, altering the size, length, or overall shape of your teeth.
One of the best parts about cosmetic contouring is that it’s a fairly quick and virtually painless procedure. The process can usually be performed during a single office visit without an anesthetic, and there’s no recovery time.
The key benefits of reshaping the teeth are principally aesthetic, but cosmetic contouring can also improve damage caused by bruxism (teeth grinding) as well as improving your ability to clean your teeth.
If you’re curious about whether cosmetic contouring may be right for you, give us a call today. We’ll be happy to discuss your needs and find the perfect solution to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed about.
Missing teeth shouldn’t cause you to miss out on life. If you have some gaps in your smile but are not quite sold on the idea of dentures, there are some other teeth replacement options that can complete your smile and restore your confidence. Dental crowns and dental bridges are two types of artificial replacements that seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth, giving you a grin you can’t wait to bear.
Crowns are synthetic caps, typically made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two, which are placed on top of a tooth to restore its function and appearance. Crowns are often used to restore a tooth when decay has become advanced, especially after a restorative procedure such as a root canal. They can also be used to attach bridges, cover implants, salvage a cracked tooth, or stabilize an existing filing that has become loose. Crowns can also serve a purely aesthetic use, restoring a stained or discolored tooth to its original color.
Crowns can occasionally be confused with veneers, but they serve different purposes. Veneers are typically applied to relatively small areas and serve a more cosmetic function.
Your dentist will numb the area to be treated, making sure you’re comfortable. Next, an impression of your bite is created and sent to a special lab where your custom crown or crowns, will be fabricated. This may take a few weeks. When the crown is ready, dental cement is used to secure it into place.
Crowns can last for eight years or more with the proper care. In order to make sure your crowns have a long and healthy lifespan, it’s important to floss regularly to avoid plaque build up. You should also avoid eating brittle foods so as not to compromise the crown. Behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism can also threaten the integrity of a crown. If you suffer from this condition, we can help you find a solution.
Bridges are natural-looking, custom-made dental appliances consisting of an artificial tooth connected to a set of crowns, that replace a section of missing teeth for smile coherency. Their customized nature makes them difficult to detect and they also help regulate the bite relationship between your upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are bonded to existing teeth or implants and can either be semi-permanent or fixed. Removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned, while fixed bridges can only be removed by your dentist.
Dental bridges are typically made of porcelain, gold alloys, or combinations of several materials.
The area to be treated is numbed and a dental handpiece is used to prepare the surrounding teeth for the bridge placement. Your dentist will then take an impression of your mouth and send it to a dental lab for preparation of the customized bridge. Meanwhile, you may be fitted with a temporary bridge to protect the teeth. When your bridge is ready, it will be bonded to the teeth using a permanent or semi-permanent solution, depending on the type of bridge being installed.
Just as with crowns or any dental replacement solution, bridges can last a long time if cared for properly. Ensure that you’re brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding brittle foods that can damage the bridges, and visiting your dentist for six month checkups.
You deserve to feel confident about your smile. If you have cracked, chipped, worn out, oddly spaced or discolored teeth, there’s a simple smile solution on the market. Porcelain veneers can help you close the gaps between your current smile and the grin you fantasize about.
Veneers are special thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are cemented to your teeth, eliminating any visible chips, awkward gaps, cracks, or discoloration. This durable treatment stands the test of time, giving your smile a natural, bright and even appearance.
Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding. They’re highly resistant to stains, scratches, and color changes over the years, even if you’re a wine or coffee enthusiast. For the procedure, little to no anesthesia is needed.
The process for getting veneers typically entails three appointments. During the first, the patient’s teeth will be lightly buffed in preparation for the small addition of the veneer. Usually, half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require an anesthetic. Additionally, a mold of the teeth is taken and sent to the laboratory to prepare the veneers.
During the next visit, the veneers are placed on the tooth with water or glycerin to ensure they’re a good fit and color match. If necessary, the veneers can be adjusted using different shades of cement.
Finally, when the veneers are ready, the tooth is treated with specific chemicals that will achieve a bond. A special cement results and the veneer is placed on the surface. Then a laser causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.
After this process, a two week period of adjustment will occur. Daily brushing and flossing are essential during this time. After one to two weeks, you’ll come back for a final follow-up appointment to make sure everything is looking good.
Smile imperfections are quite common, but when those imperfections interfere with our interactions, it’s no good. Crooked, stained, chipped, or uneven teeth, can often leave you feeling self-conscious, sometimes to the point of avoiding social situations or trying to hold back your smile from the world. If this sounds like you, it’s time to reclaim your smile confidence. Lumineers can help.
Lumineers are a type of dental veneer that is applied to the tooth to fill spacing issues, cover damaged or stained teeth, and generally gloss over imperfections. They can eliminate any visible chips, awkward gaps, cracks, or discoloration.
Although they serve the same purpose, Lumineers are less permanent than veneers, which cannot be reversed. They also require less preparation and are made of a thin type of laminate, making them more transparent than veneers.
Lumineers require two appointments on average. During your first office visit, your dentist will take an impression or mold of your mouth which will be sent to the laboratory for Lumineers fabrication. In 2 to 4 weeks, your personalized Lumineers will be ready.
During your second appointment, your dentist will individually bond the Lumineers to each tooth using special chemicals.
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Monday: 7:00am to 7:00pm
Tuesday: 7:00am to 7:00pm
Wednesday: 7:00am to 7:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am to 7:00pm
Friday: 7:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed