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By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
August 08, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Cosmetic bonding  

Are you dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile? Would you like a more attractive look to your teeth? When tooth enamel iscosmetic bonding damaged by chips or hairline fractures, or if you have small gaps, pitted enamel or other irregularities, you may be too self-conscious to laugh or grin broadly. What's the answer to this dilemma? Dr. Patrick Gallagher, your dentist in Westminster, offers a simple, but very effective, cosmetic dental service. It's called composite resin bonding, and in just one short visit to Gallagher & Eden Family Dentistry, those annoying smile defects literally can disappear.

How composite resin bonding works

Composite resin is an amazing combination of acrylic and glass particles. Translucent and tooth-colored, composite resin is very realistic-looking and durable as well. When applied by your cosmetic dentist in Westminster, the resin may be shaped, trimmed and molded to mimic the look of actual tooth enamel. Repairs are seamless and last for many years. Here how the procedure goes.

First, Dr. Gallagher examines the teeth you want to enhance through cosmetic dentistry. If they are healthy, but simply marred by minor flaws, he can proceed with the bonding process. He'll remove rough spots, and then, he'll apply an etching liquid. The etching liquid ensures a strong and stable bond between the resin and the surface of the tooth.

Next, Dr. Gallagher applies the resin, and throughout the shaping process, he cures, or hardens, the material with a special light. When he is satisfied with the shape, color and bite, he polishes the sculpted areas to a bright finish.

Caring for bonded teeth

Like any synthetic dental material, composite resin does eventually wear out. However, Dr. Gallagher's patients find that with good care, these simple smile makeovers last for many years. Your usual preventive maintenance at home (brushing and flossing) and getting six-month exams and cleanings with Dr. Gallagher ensures your bonded teeth stay in good shape.

Additionally, avoid biting and chewing extra-hard foods such as ice or taffy, and never open bottles or plastic packages with your teeth. These actions chip and crack composite and natural tooth enamel as well.

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The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that over 80 percent of people surveyed maintain they feel their best when they smile. Would you like to smile more often? Then, a quick makeover with composite resin may be just what you need.

Besides cosmetic bonding, your Westminster dentist offers other aesthetic treatments, including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and more. Why not contact Gallagher & Eden Family Dentistry today to learn how to enhance your teeth and gums? Call (410) 848-3866 for an appointment.

By By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
June 12, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Find out how dental veneers can get you on your way to the smile you’ve always wanted.Veneers

Do you feel embarrassed by your smile? Do you try to cover it up as much as possible? Do you wish you felt more confident in your appearance but aesthetic issues stand in your way? If so, our Westminster, MD, dentist, Dr. Patrick Gallagher, might just have a solution for hiding these cosmetic flaws and finally giving you a smile to show off.

Your Consultation

This is the very first step to getting dental veneers and one that cannot be skipped. After all, our Westminster general dentist needs to make sure that you are right for dental veneers. He will sit down with you and discuss your treatment goals to make sure that veneers will meet your needs or if another cosmetic restoration would work better so that you can get the results you want. Dr. Gallagher will also need to examine your smile to make sure that it’s healthy and free of decay.

Tooth Preparation

In order to get veneers, your teeth will need to be prepped for them first. Don’t worry; the process is simple and painless. In order for veneers to fit properly, we will need to shave off some enamel from the front of your teeth (typically less than one millimeter). From there, we will also take impressions of your teeth, which will be used as a model from which design your very own set of veneers.

Veneer Fitting

You’ll come into the office one last time for your final fitting before you can display your amazing new smile. We will place the bonding resin between your veneers and the front of your teeth. You will be able to approve the final look before we use a special light to harden the resin, as well as your veneers, permanently to your teeth.

If you are ready to transform your smile and you think cosmetic veneers are the best way to go, then call Gallagher & Eden in Westminster, MD, today. We would be happy to schedule an appointment with you to find out if your teeth are healthy enough for this cosmetic treatment. Let’s get you that perfect smile!