Quincy Cosmetic Dentistry Questions

Cosmetic Dentistry Questions

Serving Hannibal and St. Louis, Missouri and Quincy, Illinois areas

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is any dental treatment that improves both the beauty and health of one's smile. Every dental procedure has two elements: aesthetics and function. Quality cosmetic dentistry considers both. Cosmetic dental procedures can make you look more attractive, restore your self-esteem and give you an increased confidence in life.

How does teeth whitening work? Is it safe?
Yes, it’s safe. Our teeth whiten only when they’re in contact with a whitening agent. That is why you will get better results from having teeth whitening done professionally.

If you prefer to do all the whitening at home, he will have two custom trays made to fit your teeth closely, and will give you a take-home kit with professional-strength whitening gel. You can choose mild, moderate, or strong, according to how sensitive your teeth are. We will show you how to use the kit, and your results by this method can be just as dramatic as results from an in-office treatment, although they will be more gradual.

Can you replace my old metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings?
Yes, we certainly can. That is something that all the best cosmetic dentists offer. Metal fillings don’t last forever in any case. If you’ve had them for ten, twenty years or more, they are getting old. Old metal fillings stain the teeth they fill, and by continually expanding and contracting with every hot and cold substance you put into your mouth, they weaken the tooth. Eventually they will crack it. Before that happens, it’s a good idea to have them replaced with shiny white porcelain fillings which strengthen the tooth instead of weakening it.

What are my options if I am missing one or more teeth?
The traditional options are bridges and dentures. Dr. Janes also offers a more recent option – dental implants. One of the limitations of bridges and dentures is that they fill only one of the gaps left by a lost tooth. The hidden gap is not filled. That is the gap inside the jawbone where the lost tooth root used to be. If this gap is not filled, the bone tissue will shrink to fill it, and this will create an aging look to your jawline. An implant is positioned in the bone to fill this root gap, and the bone grows in around it. Now you have a new tooth root to hold a porcelain tooth. If you have any missing teeth, don’t delay in contacting our office so Dr. Janes can examine the situation and discuss it with you.

I have crooked teeth.  What are my options?
Numerous cosmetic dentistry techniques exist that can provide instant orthodontics. This means that you won't have to endure the uncomfortable and unsightly metal braces of the past. Composite bonding and porcelain veneers are two other conservative methods of masking the appearance of crooked teeth. It is important to note that these cosmetic approaches do not address orthodontic issues such as an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, and are not suitable for every patient.

Is cosmetic dental work expensive?
It is probably not as expensive as you think. Advanced technology and improved training has driven down costs significantly in recent years. Of course, costs will vary depending on your particular dental condition and aesthetic goals. Quincy Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Janes will explain the various costs during your initial consultation. Some cosmetic dental procedures are covered by insurance if "need" can be established.

If you live in the Hannibal, Missouri area and are in need of an experienced, caring cosmetic dentist, or have any further questions or concerns about the field of cosmetic dentistry, please contact our cosmetic dentistry office today.

Quincy, Illinois Cosmetic Dentistry by Dr. Charles Janes

Charles W. Janes, D.D.S.
Functional Cosmetic Dentistry & Full Mouth Rehabilitation

"Designing Smiles, Enhancing Life"

501 Clinic Rd., Hannibal, Missouri 63401
573.221.3360

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Dr. Charles Janes is a Fellow of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies