Bruce E. Howell, DDS
Longmont Family Dentist
Longmont, CO 80501
There is an old phrase that says you can't be too rich or too good looking but a recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that 95% of those surveyed said that you can't be too good looking when it comes to your teeth and smile. More importantly the survey found that 65% of the respondents were unhappy with their smile. Modern dentist can fix that. In some cases there are some very simple fixes that will improve your smile and make you feel better about yourself.
Cosmetic Dentistry is the blending of the art and science of Dentistry, restoring natural balance and symmetry to your face. We use the most up to date, modern technology and materials to take years off your appearance to create attractive, enduring smiles. Some of the techniques we use to help you reach your cosmetic goals are:
Cosmetic Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening can be one of the simplest and least expensive ways to improve your smile. Also called "teeth bleaching," this procedure can brighten and whiten your teeth from discoloration and/or staining. We take impressions or molds of your teeth to make custom trays. A special bleach gel is placed in the tray and the appliance is worn overnight for days until the desired amount of whitening is achieved. Not everyone's teeth can be bleached, so it is very important to check with us first to make sure you are a good a good candidate.
Cosmetic Dental Veneers: Veneers are a thin shell made out of porcelain or tooth colored composite filling material. Porcelain veneers are custom made by a dental lab and cemented to the front side of the tooth. They require two visits and are the strongest, best way to veneer teeth. Composite veneers are created in one appointment right in the mouth using layers of white filling materials. A veneer can be used to treat dental conditions such as a slightly crooked tooth, discolored teeth, chipped teeth or even to cover spaces in between the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Cosmetic Dental Implants: A dental implant is a device designed to replace missing teeth. The device is usually made out of titanium and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal core, anchoring it securely in the jaw and providing a foundation for a replacement tooth. We have a team approach using a skilled oral surgeon or periodontist to do the surgical part then we restore the implant with a custom crown. Unlike a dental bridge, an implant is permanent and does not rely on adjacent teeth for support. A dental implant is designed to act as the tooth root and can anchor an artificial tooth or teeth such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
Cosmetic Dental Crowns: Crowns, also referred to as caps, are custom made to fit over your whole tooth, restoring ideal form, function and appearance. Often a crown is recommended when the tooth is badly broken down and/or has extensive decay. Teeth that have been treated endodontically (root canal) are often crowned as well to keep a weak tooth from cracking. They are usually made out of a zirconium, an ultra-strong tooth colored porcelain. They can also be made out of porcelain fused to metal or also full gold. Crowns can be used in cosmetic dentistry to treat teeth that are poorly shaped, badly decayed, broken, chipped, have had large fillings, or to cover spaces in between teeth.
Cosmetic Teeth Shaping: Also referred to as "enamel shaping," we can reshape a tooth or teeth by filing or removing some of the enamel. This process is usually not painful and can produce immediate effects.
Cosmetic Tooth Bonding: Bonding is the process in which tooth-colored materials are adhered (bonded) to the tooth. This is a procedure that can be used to repair or improve the appearance of a tooth that has been badly stained, broken, or chipped. A tooth-colored, putty-like resin is applied to the tooth and hardened with an ultraviolet or laser light, bonding the material to the tooth. We then trim, shape and polish it. Bonding can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth; it is also a good cosmetic alternative to, or replacement for, amalgam or silver fillings.
Cosmetic Orthodontic Treatment: Orthodontics are not just for kids. More and more adults are seeking treatment for cosmetic purposes. If you have buck teeth or crooked teeth, we can help you. We offer Invisalign for adults and teenagers and straight wire orthodontics teenagers.
There is an old expression that says if the only tool that you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail. With all these tools and technologies, you can trust us to give you a beautiful, long lasting smile.
Bruce E. Howell, DDSLongmont Area Family Dentist
2051 Terry Street, Suite F
Longmont, CO 80501
Our Hours:Monday: Varies
Tuesday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
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