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Most Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Whether you choose a teeth whitening treatment, dental implants, crowns, veneers, dental bonding, bridges or reshaping, cosmetic dentistry will leave you with a smile that elevates your appearance!

Here are a few of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures:

Dental Bonding

The dental bonding treatment is used for people who wish to improve the appearance of their chipped, cracked, discolored or decayed teeth. For this procedure, your restorative dentist will roughen the surface of your teeth and apply a tooth-colored resin to the blemishes. We layer for multilayer composite in the aesthetic zone and use a monochromatic single shade for posterior teeth. Using a light source, we will cure the resin, shape it as necessary, and polish it until it blends in with the rest of your teeth. Some offices use light sources falling below 400 nm, which compromises the bonding. At Tampa Bay Smile Markers, we use a narrow spectrum of blue light between 400 – 500 nm and an ivoclar curing light spectrum between 900 and 1100 nm.

Teeth Whitening with Zoom and Opalescence

One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures is teeth whitening. Many people have discolored, yellowed or stained teeth. Whether tobacco, coffee, or red wine is your vice, it’s possible that your teeth have become less than pearly throughout the years. With our in-office whitening (Zoom Opalescence), we will begin by cleaning bacteria, food and debris off your teeth. From here, we determine how severe your stains are and the likely cause of staining. We then cover the gums to protect them and administer a whitening agent to your teeth. The whitening agent is activated by a light device that works to brighten teeth in under 1 hour.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great solution for people who are missing teeth but prefer a natural-looking treatment. These implants, which reduce future bone loss, are essentially artificial teeth roots placed in the jawbone. Attached to the implant is a custom-crafted tooth crown, practically indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants look, feel and function as natural teeth do.

Dental Crowns

We use dental crowns for a number of reasons! People who have teeth that are considerably weaker, less proportionate, severely discolored or similarly damaged often choose dental crowns to improve the appearance of their teeth. Dental crowns are also used to hold dental bridges in place and to cover dental implants. They can be made of various materials, including zirconia, emax, porcelain fused to high noble metal, and gold. The material we use for your crown will depend on your specific condition, its severity and the location of the blemish.


Veneers are a popular solution for people who have chipped, gapped or misshapen teeth. The dental veneers treatment works similarly to a contact lens, because the veneer is placed over the patient’s tooth, similar to a contact lens placed over a patient’s eye to improve functionality. Veneers appear as a thin shell, custom-crafted to fit each tooth. Veneers are bonded to the teeth using an adhesive material. This treatment can modify the size, shape, length and color of your teeth, while retaining the natural appearance and sensation of your teeth.

We work with you to design a smile that will change your life, because we believe everyone deserves to live confidently.

At Tampa Bay Smile Makers, we are known to be one of the best family dentists in the area. We provide:

  • Teeth cleanings
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Dental fillings
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Sedation dentistry
  • Teeth veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Composite bonding
  • Teeth whitening

And so much more!

If you are located near the Tampa Bay area, or you know someone who is, we would love to meet you. Schedule your next checkup with us, reach out to us, or check out our story!

Ways to Avoid Tooth Fractures

Ways to avoid fractures are; wear a mouth guard during sports, pick up those small toys if you have little ones.

I have had more than one mom in the chair that slipped on a toy and caught the counter on the way down. Guys, don’t open things with your teeth or cut the fishing line with your incisors (front teeth), finger nail clippers are good for both.
Also note, if you are a grinder, oh and I know, you don’t think you are, but your dentist said you might be a grinder. Well how do they know? They can see the wear on the back of your teeth where your lower teeth are grinding from the inside out. What happens is due to the wear your teeth are getting thinner in the back, but the part you see stays the same length, so you don’t see any change until it gets thin enough on the back and you bite down and chip the thin remnant. So grinders, wear an occlusal splint! We will talk about Splints and the TMJ in another blog.

Dental Implants

Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create subsequent problems. Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth.

Dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is Considered more predictable than bridgework,
resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. They act as an anchor for a replacement tooth or “crown” or a set of replacement teeth.

Am I a candidate for a dental implant?
Implant patients are of all ages and implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more or even all of their teeth due to injury, disease or decay. They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. Your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.

Are there different kinds of implants?

There are many shapes, sizes and brands of implants available. Your AAID credentialed implant dentist will know which implant is the right one for you.

Do I have enough bone?

It is important for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency. Your dentist will assess this and advise you if additional bone material is needed.

Will this take a long time?

Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs. Each situation needs a separate evaluation; your AAID dentist will be able to give you an approximate timetable.

Whom should I consult for my implant treatment?

Your general dentist is your first resource for this service. The key is the implant dentist’s training, experience and credentials. AAID credentialed dentists include general dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists and oral surgeons who perform the surgical and/or restorative procedures.

Six Month Smiles™

Six Month Smiles™ utilizes clear braces to gently straighten teeth in an average time of only six months! By focusing on the teeth that show when you smile and not making significant bite changes, they can comfortably straighten your teeth and give you the attractive, pleasant smile you’ve always wanted. Six Month Smiles™ is conservative, inexpensive, and highly effective.

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