Dr. Davis is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Your smile can make a big difference in how other people see you. Smiling frequently can help you appear friendly, positive and approachable to others, but it can be difficult to smile a lot if you are self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, only one in four adults in the United States between the ages of 20 and 64 feel that the condition of their teeth and mouth are in excellent or very good condition. Cosmetic dentistry can help give you a smile you’ll be happy to show as often as you like.
Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services you can use to improve your smile’s appearance. If you’re ready to transform your smile, contact our office in Raytown today at (816) 358-0800 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Davis serves clients in Raytown, Pleasant Hill, Sedalia, Missouri and the greater Kansas City area.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services
When you want to fix cosmetic issues with your smile, it can be helpful to go to a dentist who offers a variety of services. You may have multiple issues that need addressing, or you may not know what procedure would best address your aesthetic goals. Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates seek to provide all the services you require.
Dr. Davis can perform a variety of cosmetic dental procedures including:
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Smile makeovers
- Gum recontouring
- Dental bonding
- Crowns and bridges
- Porcelain veneers
- Teeth whitening
Dr. Davis’s experience and knowledge of each of these procedures make him an excellent choice for any cosmetic dental work. He will listen carefully to the cosmetic and functional issues you are having with your teeth and will work with you to find a treatment plan that enhances your smile without emptying your wallet.
Fillings are used to restore the function of your tooth and allow normal wear when you bite down. In the past, silver (amalgam) or gold fillings were used to restore tooth function in adults and children with tooth decay, but tooth-colored fillings have become the modern dentistry approach to filling cavities.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resins and porcelains, which mimic the look and feel of your natural tooth enamel. You can have healthy teeth without worrying about metal fillings showing when you smile.
These natural-looking fillings have a number of advantages because they:
- Mimic the shape and translucency of your tooth enamel and dentin.
- Directly bond to your tooth.
- Are matched to your surrounding teeth.
- Are more comfortable for you, your tooth and your bite.
- Have been proven safe, predictable and effective through clinical research and scientific studies.
- Strengthen and stabilize the decaying tooth.
- Don’t require removal of healthy tooth structure.
Silver fillings require pieces of your tooth to be cut in order for the tooth to properly hold the filling, but this often results in removal of tooth structure that is still healthy. Removing this tooth structure can weaken your tooth and make it more susceptible to fractures or cracks when you exert biting forces.
Using composite resins and porcelain materials not only gives your tooth a more natural look, but also conservatively preserves your tooth structure. Tooth-colored fillings may even cost you less money. Additionally, you can remove your old amalgam fillings and replace them with the tooth-colored option to further protect your tooth and give you a metallic-free smile.
Many men and women struggle with the appearance of their teeth. A stunning smile can help your career, social life and self-confidence. A smile makeover is a common cosmetic dentistry process, which involves a number of dental procedures to transform your cracked, crooked or discolored teeth into a brilliant smile. This cosmetic enhancement can treat nearly all tooth and gum issues by combining cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and orthodontics.
A smile makeover can solve many of your dental problems including:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Missing teeth
- Sunken cheeks and altered facial shape due to missing teeth
Your smile makeover will be customized for you to fit your aesthetic goals. Dr. Davis will go over all of your options during your consultation. Depending on the current state of your teeth and gums, your smile makeover could involve:
- Porcelain veneers or crowns
- Teeth whitening
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Dental bonding
- Dental implants
- Gum recontouring
Missing teeth can have a heavy impact on the appearance of your lips, cheeks and overall face. Replacing missing teeth will restore your facial shape and may even make you look younger. You’ll be able to choose the shape, size and shade of your teeth to ensure you end up with the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you have advanced gum disease or severely misaligned teeth, your smile makeover may require orthodontics such as Invisalign® or gum disease treatment before completing your smile transformation. This treatment can include scaling and root planing and in some cases, tissue or bone grafting.
Gum recontouring or reshaping is performed for a variety of reasons both cosmetic and medical. In the past, gum recontouring involved a scalpel, but new laser technology allows our cosmetic dentist to shape your gum line without the need for uncomfortable sutures afterward. However, gum recontouring done to reverse gum recession or gum disease will require a longer recovery period as grafting or root planing may be necessary.
Gum recontouring can be done to correct these issues and more:
- A “gummy smile”—where your gums extend past your lip line, show excessively when you smile and cover more of your teeth than you’d like causing them to appear smaller.
- An uneven gum line—this can be caused by your genetics, poor dental hygiene or inflammation from plaque buildup.
- Advanced gum disease—also known as periodontal disease, advanced gum disease causes your gum tissue to recede and may leave your tooth, the root and your jawbone susceptible to damage.
- Gum recession—if you don’t have gum disease, your gums could be receding due to aggressive tooth brushing, certain medications or your genetics.
Gum recontouring can be done in one visit with our cosmetic dentist. Your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic before sculpting your gums to accent your facial shape and smile. Depending on the type of procedure—scalpel versus laser—you may feel little to no discomfort and recovery time could be minimal.
Advantages of Cosmetic Dentistry
As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Davis knows that truly good-looking teeth are teeth that fit together and perform their necessary functions well. You can have the whitest teeth in the world with a perfect amount of space between them, but if your jaw is misaligned, your teeth won’t look that good for long. Dr. Davis focuses on making your teeth functional as well as beautiful.
When properly done, cosmetic dentistry offers several advantages:
- A smile that turns heads
- Confidence in the way your new smile looks
- Teeth that are structurally sound and functionally healthy
- A positive outlook can come with smiling more frequently
- One less thing to feel insecure about
- Another chance for your dentist to check up on your oral health
When you know you look great, you’re going to feel a lot better. Your smile is an essential part of the first impression you make. By improving your smile, you can have confidence in the knowledge that you’re giving a good impression as well.
A Personal Approach to Dentistry
Dr. Davis takes care to treat each patient as an individual. By coming to his practice, you gain the benefit of having a dentist who will look at your teeth, listen to what you have to say and only then recommend a course of action. Don’t let dentists try to fit you into their cookie-cutter treatment options—talk to Dr. Davis, who will fit his treatment to your issues instead.
If you’re interested in a better smile and healthier teeth, please contact our cosmetic dentist in Raytown at (816) 358-0800 to schedule your appointment. The dental practice of Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates serves patients in Raytown, Pleasant Hill, Sedalia, and the greater Kansas City area.