Dr. Stefan Speck is a cosmetic dentist in Oxford, PA who helps patients improve the aesthetics and health of their smiles. Cosmetic dental care can brighten, straighten, or reshape the smile and improve oral health. Patients who brighten their smiles with professional teeth whitening are motivated to maintain their brilliant results with a good oral hygiene routine.
Invisalign patients can more easily clean their teeth as they become straighter and better aligned. Receiving cosmetic dental treatment helps patients practice good dental habits while receiving brilliant cosmetic results.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Oxford, PA
At Oxford Family Dentistry, Dr. Speck and his professional dental team offer these cosmetic solutions to their patients:
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that straightens crooked and misaligned teeth using clear aligners. Dr. Speck takes dental impressions to fabricate a series of customized aligners that are switched out every couple of weeks. Patients can remove their aligners to eat and brush and floss their teeth. Invisalign is a more discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces.
Dental veneers are porcelain ceramic shells applied to the front teeth. These thin shells can cover cosmetic imperfections such as small gaps between teeth, stained teeth, or slightly crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers are long-lasting solutions your dentist will use to restore single teeth or your whole smile.
Tooth bonding uses a biocompatible material that is sculpted and cured onto the tooth enamel. Bonding may be used to brighten the smile and cover chips and cracks in the tooth enamel. Dr. Speck can also color-match dental bonding material to the shade of natural teeth so bonded teeth blend in with the smile.
Our professional in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments can brighten tooth enamel by multiple shades. In-office whitening treatment is quick and ideal for patients attending special events such as weddings, graduations, or birthday parties. We offer take-home whitening kits for patients who want to whiten their smiles over time. Your dentist will customize these kits using impressions of patients’ teeth.
Why Cosmetic Dentistry?
Many people focus on just aesthetics when they think about cosmetic dentistry. When patients come into our office inquiring about cosmetic dentistry services, it’s usually because they’re unhappy with the look of their smile. However, you can get many more benefits from choosing one of our cosmetic dental treatments.
Cosmetic dentistry is, first and foremost, for improving the look of your smile. It treats teeth that are discolored, crooked, worn down, chipped, cracked, and more. We understand the need for a beautiful smile and want you to feel that every time you look in the mirror.
Your smile is one of the main features of your face. It has a huge impact on your self-esteem and confidence. You may not realize how many things this can impact. Your relationships, social life, and professional connections can all be impacted when you have a smile you’re insecure about. Instead of being able to laugh and smile freely in public, you’re more concerned about hiding your smile from view.
Poor self-esteem is a prevalent cause of conditions like anxiety and depression. Just the act of smiling can boost your mood for the day. The less you’re smiling, the more unhappy you’ll be. With cosmetic dentistry, you can reduce social anxiety and be more comfortable. You’ll have higher levels of happiness and lower stress levels.
Better Oral Function
A straighter smile makes your mouth function better. A good example of this is with crooked teeth. It’s much harder to clean crooked teeth compared to straight ones. Crooked teeth are usually cramped and come together at odd angles. Your toothbrush can’t reach everything and you may not be able to get dental floss between certain teeth. Even specialized dental tools may not clean the teeth successfully. You’re at a high risk for gum disease and tooth decay even if you’re doing everything right.
When our bite comes together, pressure is supposed to distribute evenly throughout all of your teeth. When teeth are crooked, some of them experience more pressure than others. Those teeth are more likely to chip, crack, and wear down prematurely due to the extra pressure. It heightens the chance that you’ll have to get restorative dentistry services.
Uneven bites are one of the main causes of TMJ disorders. Because your bite doesn’t come together properly, the jaw doesn’t track the way it’s supposed to. The jaw joint begins to break down the longer this goes on. You may experience your jaw popping and clicking, pain throughout your jaw and face, and you may lose function in your jaw. It can get stuck in a certain position.
Cosmetic Dental FAQs
Read answers to frequently asked questions about our cosmetic solutions:
Can I whiten porcelain veneers or bonded teeth?
No. Your dentist can only use professional teeth whitening to whiten the natural tooth enamel. However, your dentist can use porcelain veneers and dental bonding treatment to brighten the smile’s appearance. Dental veneers and tooth bonding are beneficial to patients with severe tooth stains. Additionally, Dr. Speck can replace old bonding material or veneers after they have become discolored over time.
How does Invisalign compare to metal braces?
With metal braces, patients cannot eat sticky or hard foods that can break or stick to their braces. It is also more difficult for patients to brush and floss their teeth. Additionally, patients who have metal braces need to get their brackets tightened at routine dental visits. Invisalign has no dietary restrictions, requires fewer dental visits, and allows patients to fully clean their smiles. This is because Invisalign aligners are removable.
When will I see the results from my teeth whitening treatment?
Patients who choose our in-office teeth whitening treatment will often see immediate results. Our take-home teeth whitening treatment is as effective as in-office teeth whitening but is a more gradual process. Because of this, patients who choose take-home whitening treatment will see their results over time. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Speck; he can help recommend the right whitening treatment for your specific needs.
What is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure?
The most popular cosmetic dental procedure is teeth whitening. This is the best option for patients who want to improve their smile aesthetics. Teeth whitening is also a good option because it is not invasive.
How long does teeth bonding last?
Teeth bonding typically lasts 3 to 5 years. The longevity of teeth bonding can depend on how well you care for it. The lifespan of your tooth bonding depends on the material your dentist uses. It also can depend on the type of composite material your dentist uses. Teeth bonding is susceptible to staining and chipping, so avoid eating hard and sticky foods. Lastly, you should practice good oral hygiene habits to help extend the life of your dental bonding.
Is teeth whitening treatment permanent?
No. Teeth whitening treatment is not permanent. The results from a teeth whitening procedure can last for several months, or they can last for two years. It will depend on the patient and how well they care for their teeth after the treatment. To maintain the results of your teeth whitening treatment, practicing good oral hygiene habits is important. Moreover, you should avoid foods and drinks that stain teeth. You should also visit your dentist for professional teeth cleaning at least once every six months.
Enhance Your Natural Smile
Improve the look and health of your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Contact Oxford Family Dentistry for treatment today by calling 610.753.4506. You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Speck on our website. Please let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns. We will be glad to help you get the answers you need.