Cosmetic Dentist in east Longmeadow
A beautiful smile may be the key to opening doors to a new career or relationship, but a very small number of patients are completely happy with their natural smiles. That’s why cosmetic dentistry services at Scannell & Hollinger have become so popular. We offer conservative and comfortable cosmetic dentistry to enhance the appearance of smiles concealing and correcting dental chips, cracks, gaps, and stains. Contact our team to find out more or schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation.
In the past, amalgam fillings were the go to treatment for minor cavities and dental damage. While amalgams offer effective and durable dental restoration, they are not the most cosmetic solution. The silver or gray color mars the appearance of patients’ smiles especially when used to correct those teeth visible when patients smile. At Scannell & Hollinger, we offer a cosmetically superior alternative, tooth-colored, composite resin fillings. These fillings are shaded to match the natural hue of patients’ smiles blending seamlessly. In addition to the superior appearance for patients’ smiles, composite resin fillings offer a number of oral health advantages including:
- Unlike amalgams that expand and contract with changes in temperature, composite resin is not sensitive to these temperature fluctuations decreasing the odds that healthy tooth structure will be damaged.
- The composite resin is positioned directly over the prepared tooth and hardened into position. This direct bond with the tooth is stronger and more durable than the amalgam fillings.
- Composites are the most conservative treatment option. We are able to retain a larger amount of dental structure as these fillings are applied directly to the damaged tooth with no need for additional enamel removal to accommodate the dental cement.
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All-ceramic restorations are another service that blurs the line between cosmetic and restorative care. These restorative treatment options repair the form and function of teeth with the most natural appearance. Unlike porcelain bonded to metal restorations which wear away revealing the darkly colored metal below, ceramic crowns, inlays, onlays, and bridges are crafted from a single block of ceramic dyed to perfectly match patients’ smiles. Even as the ceramic begins to wear away, it retains its natural appearance. Our skilled East Longmeadow dentists offer same day dental restoration with high quality ceramics crafted using our state-of-the-art CEREC system. Whether patients prefer to repair their smiles in a single visit or over the course of two appointments, our high quality ceramic crowns and other restorations offer long lasting results that look as good as they feel. In many cases, our team is even able to replace less cosmetic restorations with ceramic options.
One of the most popular cosmetic treatment options are porcelain veneers, thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain placed over the front facing surfaces of teeth. Veneers are an effective way to conceal any number of smile flaws including chips, cracks, gaps, and stains. The process is simple. We remove a small amount of surface tooth enamel so the veneer blends seamlessly into the natural smile line. We then collect dental impressions that are used by our lab to craft custom veneers. In the meantime, we place temporary veneers to protect the prepared teeth. Once the custom porcelain veneers are returned to our practice, patients exchange the temporary for a custom veneer. Veneers are comfortable, beautiful, and they give patients the opportunity to achieve the picture-perfect smiles they desire.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
Invisalign® clear braces offer patients of all ages an opportunity to correct their smiles without the mouth full of metal brackets and wires. The Invisalign® orthodontic system uses a series of clear, plastic alignment trays to gently shift teeth into their ideal position. Each set of aligners is crafted to represent a step closer to the desired results. When worn over the course of several weeks, teeth are shifted to match the position represented by the aligners. Patients visit our East Longmeadow practice about every four to six weeks so we can ensure patients’ smiles are progressing according to plan. In about twelve months, patients see the dramatic results they desire. Because the trays are removable, patients continue to eat all of their favorite foods, maintain their regular oral hygiene routine, and smile confidently throughout treatment.
At-Home Tooth Whitening
Store bought teeth whitening toothpastes, mouth rinses, gels, and strips promise dramatic teeth whitening results, but in most cases, they are unable to deliver on these promises. The professional-grade at-home teeth whitening kits from Scannell & Hollinger combine custom crafted application trays with professional grade whitening gel to deliver smiles up to ten shades brighter over the course of about two weeks.