How To Upgrade Your Smile

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Upgrading your smile has come a long way from the first false teeth in history. In 700 BC, the Etruscans created false teeth from ivory taken from elephants, hippopotamuses, or rhinoceroses. 

Fast forwarding to today where the offices of Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry upgrade your smile with all the latest modern dentistry and technology have to offer. Dr. Sherman and Dr. Hepworth deliver the perfect smile, from a single tooth needing repair or replacement to full mouth reconstruction.

Depending on a patient’s needs, Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry dentists apply their cosmetic dentistry knowledge to teeth whitening, dental crowns, dental veneers, and All-On-X Dental Implants.

Teeth Whitening

A long list of items can make our smiles dull, yellowed, or stained over time. 

  • Staining drinks such as tea, coffee, or soda
  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Illness
  • Certain medications
  • Fluorosis
  • Natural aging process

These items, combined or individually, will change the aesthetic appearance of your teeth. Your teeth may function correctly but lack a bright, white appearance.

Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry can restore dull or yellowed teeth to a natural, bright smile. In as little as one visit with Dr. Hepworth or Dr. Sherman, you can walk out of the office with a bright, white smile.

To obtain this bright, white smile, first, the doctors will examine your teeth and remove any plaque or tartar. In addition to being a necessary step in brightening your teeth, removing plaque or tartar prevents tooth decay.

Next, a protective cream is placed on your lips to keep them moist during the procedure. Protection is applied to the gums also.

Next, your doctor will place a concentrated hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel on your teeth—finally, a special light or laser speeds up the whitening process.

Depending on your oral hygiene habits, whitening can last a few months to a few years.

Learn more about teeth whitening here.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns serve many of the following purposes:

  • Completing a dental implant restoration by capping the implant
  • Keeping a dental bridge in place
  • Correcting misshapen teeth
  • Strengthening fractured or weak teeth
  • Securing a large filling that your tooth cannot support on its own
  • Improving the overall appearance of your smile and your confidence

Even though a crown has many purposes creating a crown follows the same process. Often times a crown is referred to as a cap or dental cap. By any name or for any use, a crown provides the dental restoration necessary to create a bright, white tooth.

With only two visits to the office, Dr. Sherman or Dr. Hepworth will create a crown that will restore any tooth to its natural appearance.

First, an impression is made of your tooth. This impression is sent to a lab where your customized porcelain dental cap is made. 

Next, in another visit to the office, your dental cap is placed over the appropriate tooth. A dental cement ensures your new dental cap stays in position for years.

Installing a dental cap is routine, but the result is a perfect tooth. 

Dental Veneers

The dental crown just discussed covers the entire tooth. A dental veneer is designed to give a perfect, bright, white appearance to the front of the tooth or teeth. A dental veneer is applied in the following situations:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen tooth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Broken/worn down teeth
  • Severely stained teeth

A consultation with your doctor will help you determine one of the two types of dental veneer to be applied, porcelain or composite.

Porcelain veneers are a shell placed over the front of the tooth. Porcelain creates a natural, white appearing color to the tooth. Porcelain is also stain resistant. 

Composite veneers are made of composite dental resin. The composite resin is applied directly to the tooth or teeth in question.

Depending on the needs identified by your Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry dentist, porcelain or composite veneers restore a tooth or teeth to a natural, white appearance.

Read more about dental veneers here through Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry

All-On-X Dental Implants

In the event of a full mouth reconstruction, Dr. Hepworth and Dr. Sherman offer All-On-X Dental Implants as a treatment option.

An article from Humana Medical Insurance outlines how a person can lose the use of their natural teeth based on claims they have paid out on. 

  • Gum disease
  • Cavities
  • Teeth grinding
  • Injury or trauma
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Smoking

Regardless of how a person loses their teeth, All-On-X Dental Implants are a permanent solution to losing natural teeth.

The first step you would take in receiving dental implants from Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry is a free exam and X-rays. Yes, free! Any dental implant-related exam and X-rays are free.

A full 3D full-mouth X-ray determines your jawbone’s bone structure and density. X-rays allow your dentist to receive the first preview of your mouth to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Next, the dentist will conduct a virtual procedure on the placement of your dental implants. The virtual procedure is first performed on a computer to simulate the operation. 

A virtual surgery gives the dentist valuable insight before the day of your treatment, thus avoiding crucial on-the-spot decisions. Rest assured, on the day of your treatment Dr. Sherman and Dr. Hepworth have already mapped out your entire procedure.

Finally, the day of your procedure will find you walking out the door with perfectly functional teeth that create the perfect smile. 

Research and your own experience tell you that upgrading your smile will do one or all of the following:

  • Make you look better
  • Make you feel better (when you see your smile in the mirror and receive compliments)
  • Inspires others to smile back
  • It helps you get ahead professionally
  • Relieves stress
  • Promotes romance
  • It keeps the blues away
  • And you will add to the list when you think about why upgrading your smile will help you.

From teeth whitening, dental crowns, dental veneers, or All-On-X Dental Implants, Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry has the means to create a perfect smile for you.

At your next check-up, or if the situation calls for it now, have Dr. Sherman or Dr. Hepworth review what is needed to upgrade your smile. 

Serving the Salt Lake Valley, Cottonwood Heights, Mill Creek, Park City, Summit County, Elko, Nevada, West Wendover, Nevada, and Evanston Wyoming