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Cosmetic dentist in Farmington Hills uses the latest techniques to improve smiles


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Cosmetic Dentist Beautiful smile It’s estimated more than half of Michigan third-graders have had tooth decay. Almost one of every three people aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth due to decay or disease, while more than 13 percent of seniors over 65 have lost all of their natural teeth.

These conditions can affect every aspect of your life. In addition to altering how you speak and eat, decay and disease can show up as dark spots, holes, chips, and cracks. Gums may recede, and teeth may shift. Crowded or unevenly-spaced teeth can also promote gum disease. The effect of missing teeth on a patient’s self-confidence is undeniable. Yet for every one of these conditions there is a modern, comfortable, and natural looking answer at your Farmington Hills cosmetic dentist, Richard S. Bernstein D.D.S.

The only dentist in the state with accreditation from the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, Dr. Bernstein applies the latest materials, technologies, and techniques. The procedures may be used exclusively to restore the appearance of your smile or they may be used to restore function, with the added benefit of improving your appearance.

In-office or at-home whitening is widely considered the most conservative way to transform teeth stained as the result of years of coffee consumption or smoking. For permanent stains, direct or indirect veneers may be recommended to cover up discoloration. Better known as dental bonding, direct veneers involve applying composite resin, which is then shaped and hardened to the tooth. Indirect veneers are frequently made of porcelain or other ceramics. This tooth structure is made in a lab, and later bonded to the tooth with minimal reduction of existing enamel.

In the past, silver-colored fillings may have been the only way to rebuild your tooth. Today’s metal-free, tooth-colored fillings are as strong and durable as they are safe and natural in appearance. For patients with more extensive needs, dental inlays or onlays may be recommended, which rebuilds only the damaged portion of the tooth. As such, they are considered conservative alternatives to crowns.

Dental implants represent one of the most exciting innovations in dentistry. For those who are missing a tooth, many teeth, or even all of their teeth, dental-implanted supported bridges, crowns, and dentures are designed to mimic natural, healthy teeth. Since they are made like a natural tooth with both a “root” (the implant) and the part of the tooth everyone sees (the crown), the patient ends up with a lab-made tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.

Orthodontic treatments have also evolved. You no longer need to rely on fixed, metal braces to straighten your teeth and correct bite. Invisalign’s transparent, BPA-free plastic aligner trays can be removed for eating and cleaning. As long as they are worn as advised by Dr. Bernstein, the patient can be treated in about the same time as traditional braces, only without the hassle associated with conventional, fixed options.

The procedures mentioned above may be combined for the ultimate smile transformation or makeover. Call 248.636.2100 to schedule an appointment and to benefit from Dr. Bernstein’s advanced smile design and knowledge.


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