There’s no doubt about it – a smile is typically the first feature others notice, and for a good reason. Smiles help us speak, display emotions, and express ourselves freely. However, if you feel your teeth have lost their luster due to staining, wear, decay, or loss, you may find yourself trying to hide your smile rather than show it off with confidence.
At Cornerstone Dental, Drs. Kevin A. Franklin, Francis Roque, Karl Lewis, and our team believe your smile was designed to highlight your natural beauty, not hinder it. For this reason and many others, we provide cosmetic dental services that use tailored techniques, modern technologies, and a comprehensive approach to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Contact our Oldsmar or Lakewood Ranch locations today to schedule a consultation for yourself or a loved one.
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How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help My Smile?
Cosmetic dental treatments are some of the most sought-after solutions in dentistry due to their numerous aesthetic, functional, and oral health benefits. In addition to enhancing natural appeal and providing you with the dream smile you’ve always wanted, these services can also improve your oral health. With the modern cosmetic solutions offered at our offices, we can:
- Whiten Discolored Teeth
- Enhance the Shape, Size, and Strength of Teeth
- Reduce Sizable Gaps Between Teeth
- Help Correct Bite Issues and Misalignment
- Repair Chipped, Cracked, and Fractured Teeth
- Replace One or All Missing Teeth
Is Cosmetic Dentistry for Everyone?
Most aesthetic dental services can be tailored to the smiles of children and teens as well as adults and seniors. The materials used in composite fillings are child-friendly and won’t interfere with their smile as they are safe for the body and are made to match natural enamel. Treatments such as teeth whitening, and Invisalign®, can also be personalized and made available to teenagers interested in improving their smile’s appeal safely.
Some solutions that have more of a restorative purpose, such as dental implants, are not recommended for younger children or adolescents. This is because the teeth and jawbones of children and teens are still developing. Therefore, they do not yet have enough jawbone density to hold an implant post in place properly.
During initial consultations, our dentists first evaluate your teeth and gums, making sure there are no signs of damage or disease that could potentially impact your oral or overall health. For our team to provide you your most beautiful and functional smile yet, a strong foundation of oral health must be established first. At this appointment, we use digital x-rays to help us better detect any underlying issues so that our dentists can address them quickly and get your smile back on track towards long-lasting beauty.
Cosmetic Dental Solutions Available in Oldsmar & Lakewood Ranch
For any of your cosmetic dentistry needs, our dental team is here to help achieve a radiant smile that is all your own by taking into consideration your personal goals. Once strong oral health is established, we’ll work with you to create a cosmetic treatment plan that is entirely personalized to you.
We are proud to provide the following services for helping you enjoy renewed confidence, healthy self-image, and overall better quality of life:
Rebuilding Smiles Holistically with ZERAMEX® Metal-Free Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants are made of titanium posts which, when surgically inserted into the jawbone, fuse with living tissue and bone to replace missing teeth and tooth roots. While metal implants are biocompatible, Dr. Franklin and his team believe that permanent tooth replacement should be as safe for the body as possible.
This is why we use ZERAMEX dental implants that are completely metal-free. Once one of our skilled dentists places your implants, this system allows for us to restore one to all missing teeth in a smile aesthetically and safely. Because ZERAMEX implants are metal-free, they are more resistant to corrosion and plaque development, which often means less inflammation during healing and throughout daily life.
Our dental implants work the same as traditional metal posts and support beautiful, lifelike restorations. We attach your new teeth to dental implants once your gums have healed properly after placement. Each implant-supported crown, bridge, and denture prosthetic is crafted from top-quality porcelain or Empress porcelain materials to ensure you have a radiant and completely natural-looking smile once more.
Why Choose Empress® Material Restorations?
Empress® veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays, and bridges are made of a unique type of porcelain that is renowned for its aesthetic and functional abilities. The Empress system is continuously helping redefine these solutions to ensure your restorations genuinely look, feel, and serve just as naturally healthy teeth. The heat-pressed ceramic glass material used to create Empress restorations also include a slightly thicker finish for better resistance against daily biting and chewing.
Contact our office to find out how Empress® Material can benefit you.
Dental Crowns for Transformative Treatment
In addition to replacing a single missing tooth when attached to a dental implant, crowns are versatile prosthetic restorations that are often combined with many other treatments. When it comes to preserving natural teeth, crowns work by encasing the entire structure of a weak, damaged, or previously-decayed tooth.
Porcelain crowns are known for their ability to mimic healthy, natural, and beautiful teeth as they are fabricated to do so. These restorations can be used for aesthetic purposes that also help protect overall oral health by helping strengthen tooth structure, restore shape and size, and whiten severally discolored teeth.
Completing Smiles Once More with Porcelain Fixed Bridges
When two or more teeth are missing in a smile, it creates a gap in your bite, hindering appearance as well as jeopardizing oral health. Prolonged tooth loss eventually impacts surrounding teeth as they begin to shift towards the open site. This not only affects the alignment of your smile, but this shifting can also disrupt a proper bite and cause natural facial features to sag, resulting in a prematurely aged appearance.
When placed using neighboring teeth as the anchor or attached to two dental implants, bridges fill the gap between missing and natural teeth. This helps restore bite and dental function and renews smile aesthetics.
Full & Partial Dentures for Complete Smile Renewal
Dentures are restorations designed to renew a smile where little to no teeth remain. Both full and partial dentures consist of artificial, yet lifelike acrylic gums with a complete or partial set of teeth attached, but they differ in how many teeth they replace.
- Partial dentures replace three or more missing teeth in a smile
- Complete dentures restore all teeth lost in a smile
At Cornerstone Dental, we offer durable porcelain and Empress porcelain dentures to help restore biting and chewing functions.
Porcelain Inlays & Onlays
When teeth suffer from damage, partial discoloration, or decay, inlays and onlays are the perfect in-between treatment for restoring your teeth to their natural beauty and function. Also known as partial crowns, inlays, and onlays are ideal for repairing teeth that are too damaged for a filling to fix but not enough so to need a crown.
Both prosthetics are created in a trusted lab and fabricated outside of the mouth using durable and stain-resistant porcelain materials. These treatments are strategically designed for aesthetic and restorative purposes, which result in the perfect solution for moderate tooth damage.
White Composite Fillings
Our dentists never use metal or amalgam materials to repair teeth. Instead, we offer white composite fillings that are aesthetically pleasing and entirely safe for the body. Perfect for filling and reshaping spaces of lost or damaged enamel, white fillings can mimic the natural luster, function, and feel of healthy teeth.
Composite materials bond well with existing tooth enamel and can be shaped and polished to form a strong surface that is resistant to grinding and chewing without further damaging the tooth. They also help reduce sensitivity by protecting against temperature changes.
Porcelain Veneers & LUMINEERS for Picture-Perfect Smiles
Veneers and Lumineers® are thin, yet durable shells made of beautiful porcelain materials to provide you with a smile worthy of the silver screen. While both options can be used to improve a multitude of smile limitations, they differ in the application process.
Traditional veneer treatment typically takes about two appointments to complete. First, the most visible front teeth of your smile are prepped before your customized veneers can be applied. This involves our dentists gently removing millimeters of enamel from the surfaces of your teeth to ensure your results will look as natural as possible. Veneers can reduce gaps, conceal chips and cracks, hide deep enamel discoloration, and even help cover minor orthodontic issues.
LUMINEERS® includes a veneer system that does not require any preparation of natural teeth before application. While these restorations are thinner than traditional options, they are well-known for helping balance dental appeal and creating a nearly perfect smile.
In-Office Teeth Whitening with Philips Zoom
Professional teeth whitening uses specially-formulated solutions and when combined with experienced application it can remove years’ worth of enamel staining quickly and safely. At Cornerstone Dental, we offer comfortable in-office whitening with the power of Zoom at both our Oldsmar and Lakewood Ranch locations.
Zoom in-office teeth whitening involves our team applying the whitening gel safely and evenly on your teeth as your lips and gums are protected while you rest comfortably in the dental chair. This smile-enhancing method uses a special light that activates the solution, allowing us to brighten your smile by up to eight shades in as little as 45 minutes!
Discreet Orthodontics with Invisalign Clear Aligners
Our dentists provide Invisalign as an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable alternative to traditional orthodontics. This clear braces system can provide results for mild to moderate cases of malocclusion. With its removable and virtually invisible design, the comfortable aligners can allow you to enjoy uninterrupted oral hygiene, eating, and drinking while effectively straightening your smile.
These clear plastic trays use pinpointed pressure to help guide your teeth into proper alignment without using metal wires or brackets of any kind. While Invisalign has proven to be an effective solution for many of our patients, you are required to wear your aligners for 22 hours a day to ensure successful results. Because of this, our dentists typically recommend this system for responsible teens and adults.
Achieving Beautiful & Healthy Smiles for All Ages
At Cornerstone Dental, our entire team believes that all patients should have a smile they are proud to show off to the world regardless of their age and current oral health situation. This is why each cosmetic solution we provide is tailored to your unique needs and designed to provide you with beautiful aesthetics established in a strong foundation of optimal health and function.
For more information on how cosmetic dental care can benefit your smile and your life, contact us at our Oldsmar or Lakewood Ranch locations today!
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