Cosmetic dentistry is becoming better known and more popular every day, but it is not a skill that just any dentist can perform well. Since cosmetic dentistry techniques are not part of the curriculum in most undergraduate dental schools, a general dentist must obtain post-graduate training to become properly qualified in cosmetic dentistry procedures, materials, and techniques. Any dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. It doesn’t mean they truly are.
Dr. Patel has extensive training from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), a nation’s premier post-graduate training center that attracts dentists from all over the world. He also works with dental technicians who have been trained at LVI, which gives you, the patient, enormous benefits
Your white ceramic restorations such as porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and porcelain inlays and onlays will be crafted by skilled hands according to Dr. Patel’s specifications. They will fit beautifully into your bite – a structural benefit – and into your smile – an aesthetic benefit.
Although a distinction is usually made between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, they connect strongly with each other. In a perfect world, all dentistry would be done with a view to your smile’s attractiveness. Dr. Patel has all the knowledge, technology, and skill to make all your dental work look so natural that nobody will know you have been to the dentist.
Dr. Patel offers smile makeovers that are one hundred percent customized. In planning your smile makeover, you and Dr. Patel will look at the options and discuss their relative advantages and disadvantages. He will answer your questions and explain why one approach might serve you better than another.
Do you have a bridge or any missing teeth? A bridge is a time-honored way to fill the gaps left by missing teeth, and when done by a skilled cosmetic dentist, will blend in beautifully with your natural teeth. However, there is a newer way to fill the tooth gap – and fill the tooth root gap as well, in the jawbone – and that is dental implants. They are titanium tooth roots that Dr. Patel can position in the jawbone as permanent anchors for one or more missing teeth.
a. What is the difference between cosmetic and general dentistry?
General dentistry is the practice of caring for the teeth and gums for the patient’s optimal oral health. General dentistry includes preventative tooth cleanings, regular check-ups with X-rays, and treatments like fillings that protect teeth and keep them strong and functional. Cosmetic dentistry aims to improve the appearance of the smile while maintaining or improving functionality. We offer exceptional care for patients seeking both general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry treatments for smile restoration.
b. Is cosmetic dentistry only performed to improve teeth appearance?
No. A healthy smile is a beautiful smile, so improving appearance usually involves making positive improvements to strengthen teeth or balance the bite. Although our cosmetic dentistry procedures are intended to provide a more attractive smile, everything we do is designed to enhance the health and functionality of your teeth and gums.
c. Why should I choose Lasting Smiles of Bethlehem over other cosmetic dentists?
Dr. Patel is an LVI-trained general, cosmetic, and neuromuscular dentist who is highly skilled in a wide variety of smile enhancement techniques. If there are things that you would like to change about your smile, Dr. Patel can develop a highly personalized program to give you the smile of your dreams. In addition, Dr. Patel and his team treat you with the utmost respect and kindness, ensuring that you get the personal service you deserve as well as the high-quality results you expect.
d. How can I get a straight, beautiful smile with cosmetic dentistry?
There are many options for improving your smile including porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, tooth whitening, dental implants, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
e. Is metal harmful to use in cosmetic restorations?
While there is no definitive study proving that metal fillings are harmful to patients’ health, we avoid using metal in our dental practice. We feel that composite materials offer patients better results that are completely safe.
We will answer all your questions about cosmetic dentistry and provide a comprehensive smile evaluation. Our skilled team and knowledgeable dentist are here to help your family create beautiful smiles that are not only attractive but healthy, too.
If you are interested in learning more about your cosmetic dentistry options, please contact Lasting Smiles of Bethlehem today to schedule a complimentary consultation.
a. How Smile Issues Originate
There are many factors that can affect the health of your teeth and gums. Your eating and drinking habits, for one, can have an impact on the appearance and health of your smile. If you fail to brush and floss as suggested by your dentist, you may eventually need fillings and other dental work. Too much sugar can lead to plaque build-up and cause cavities.
Smoking can cause discoloration and lead to gum disease. Tooth grinding and physical impact can cause misalignment of the upper and lower jaws. And whether you take good care of your teeth or not, genetics play a big role in the appearance and durability of your teeth. All of these things can create tooth and gum changes that make you self-conscious about your smile and threaten your dental health.
b. Solving Cosmetic Dentistry Problems
So, what can you do about yellow teeth, a chipped tooth, or an old metal filling? We provide a variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions, including tooth-colored fillings and other safe and attractive smile enhancement procedures:
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There is a reason this is one of the few top rated dentists in our area. I had to switch because of my insurance, so I read reviews for all the dentists in our area that participate with my insurance. There were only two that had a near perfect rating. The staff are so welcoming and friendly. The exam and the cleaning were the most thorough I’ve ever had. The office was neat and clean with warm and comfortable decor. The two ladies at the front desk were so nice and welcoming and Linda was the friendliest and best hygienist I’ve had in my 38 years of going to various dentists around the country.
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During my recent appointment with Dr. Sulzbach I was greeting by the smiling and friendly women at the reception desk. I was seen on time for my appointment and was treated with professional care. The dental assistant was concerned with my comfort and Dr. Sulzbach explained his procedures as he repaired my tooth. Overall it was a very good experience.
Was a good experience…staff is always friendly.
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Such a friendly environment! I’ve never liked going to the dentist until I started going here a few years ago – everyone is so welcoming and pleasant I actually look forward to seeing them! I’ve recommended them to several friends and family members and will continue to do so.
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