September 23, 2016
We dentists think about dental materials all the time. That’s because we want to give our patients the most advanced care possible with great, aesthetic results. Cosmetic dentistry is at the heart of everything we do at Laura Y. Ki, DDS, PC. It doesn’t matter if we’re placing a dental crown or restoring tooth decay. We want the treatment to look good. The better you look; the better you feel. Good dental cosmetics helps patients be more confident and thrive in social and professional situations.
Today I want to talk about one thing: metal. Metal was used in dentistry for years. It’s durable, strong, and holds up over time. There is one major problem with metal, though. It doesn’t blend in with your smile. Metal is an eyesore in your mouth. Luckily for you, there is a simple solution. Look for a dentist who doesn’t use metal in their restorations. Today I have a list of a few ways you can restore your smile without metal.
Tooth-colored Fillings to Restore Tooth Decay
Tooth decay isn’t a certainty, but it’s an issue that most of us deal with. For years, dentists used metal fillings to restore tooth decay. Metal fillings are often called amalgam fillings because they include a series of metals, including mercury. As you probably know, mercury is toxic to people. The American Dental Association has said the mercury levels in metal fillings are not harmful to people, but I don’t blame people for wanting to leave mercury out of their mouths.
So now, in place of metal, we use high-strength composite fillings that bond to your tooth and match your natural tooth color. The great thing about the composites fillings is that we do not have to prepare as much of the tooth as we would with metal fillings.
Straighten Your Teeth Without Metal
When you think about orthodontics, your mind probably goes to metal brackets and wires. Maybe you had braces as a child or you know someone who is wearing braces right now. I have spent countless hours studying orthodontics and treating patients with orthodontic treatments. We offer both traditional braces and a system known as Invisalign.
If you don’t need comprehensive orthodontic care but still have distracting crooked teeth, you’re probably a candidate for Invisalign. There are literally millions of Americans who could benefit from Invisalign treatment. The treatment does not include metal brackets or wires or any fixed appliances at all. Instead, you’ll wear clear, plastic aligners that gradually move your teeth into a better position. Invisalign is virtually invisible, so much that your friends or family members will have no idea you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Use Aesthetic Crowns to Restore Your Teeth
A dental crown, also known as a cap, is used when a large portion of the tooth has been damaged. We also place dental crowns after root canal treatment. Crowns are not new to dentistry. We have used them for hundreds of years. But we do have modern materials that allow you to have better aesthetics in your dental restorations. Many dentists use ceramic-fused-to-metal crowns to restore damaged teeth. The problem with metal-based crowns is that these crowns often create a black line around gum line. If you have older metal crowns, chances are you are familiar with this problem. We use all-ceramic crowns that are aesthetic and do not leave a black line near the gums.
These are just a few of the ways in which we can give you a more beautiful smile. As technology advances, so does the way we restore your teeth. Everything we do as an aesthetic element. Our goal is to give you a smile that you’ll love. We would love to work with you. Call our office today at 703-552-2530.