Get Your Best Smile
In the past decade, more people around Batesville have shown more and more interest in cosmetic dentistry. A healthy, bright, beautiful smile can enhance your appearance and allow you to smile confidently.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you’re unhappy with the way your smile looks, cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Thompson and Dr. Amann can help. Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic technology, you can improve your smile with quick, painless, and surprisingly affordable treatments.
You can choose from a wide variety of modern treatments that help improve the size, shape, and color of your teeth to give you a smile you’ll love.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services
- Composite bonding
- Composite fillings
- Porcelain veneers, crowns & bridges
- Dental implants
- Teeth whitening
- Juvederm lip filler
- Cosmetic injectables
- Mini smooth threads
- Clear aligners
- Traditional braces
How Cosmetic Dental Treatments Help
- Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth
- Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth
- Improve or correct bites
- Lighten or brighten the color of teeth
- Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
- Replace missing teeth
- Replace old, unattractive dental treatments
Composite bonding is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that enhances the appearance of teeth. Dr. Thompson and Dr. Amann repair minor imperfections and improve teeth' shape, color, and alignment.
The composite bonding process starts with selecting a shade of composite resin that matches the color of your natural teeth. We'll prepare the tooth surface by lightly etching or roughening it, which helps the bonding material adhere effectively.
Next, your dentist will apply a bonding agent to the tooth between the tooth and the composite resin. The putty-like composite resin material is then carefully applied, layer by layer, and sculpted to get the desired shape and contour. Dr. Thompson or Dr. Amann shape and mold the composite to blend in with your natural teeth.
Your dentist will use a special light to harden the composite resin. After the resin is cured, the dentist shapes and polishes the bonded tooth for a smooth, natural-looking finish. The result is an improved tooth appearance that blends harmoniously with the surrounding teeth, providing an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Professional teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that can lighten and brighten the natural color of your teeth to create a more vibrant smile. This popular treatment can remove stains and discoloration caused by various factors, including aging, certain foods and beverages, tobacco use, and certain medications.
The process of professional teeth whitening at Lakewood Dental involves the application of a bleaching agent to the teeth. The most commonly used bleaching agent is hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which breaks down stains and lifts discoloration from the enamel. The concentration of the bleaching agent used may vary depending on the specific treatment and the desired level of whitening.
Dr. Thompson or Dr. Amann will create a personalized treatment plan to help you reach your smile goals. Before the procedure, they'll evaluate your teeth and gums to ensure they're healthy enough for whitening.
It's important to note that professional teeth whitening isn't for everyone. Individuals with certain dental conditions, such as tooth sensitivity or intrinsic tooth discoloration, may require alternative treatments or additional dental procedures to achieve the desired results. Consulting with Dr. Thompson or Dr. Amann will help you determine the best option for your unique smile.
Clear aligner therapy is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners instead of metal brackets and wires. This innovative approach offers an alternative to traditional braces, giving you a discreet and comfortable solution for orthodontic treatment.
The clear aligner treatment process starts with a consultation in our Batesville office. Dr. Thompson or Dr. Amann will assess your smile to determine if clear aligners suit you.
Our office uses advanced digital technology, such as 3D imaging and computer simulations, to create a personalized treatment plan. Once we've established your treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners are created.
These aligners are made from a smooth, transparent plastic material that fits snugly over the teeth, applying gentle pressure to shift them into proper alignment.
You'll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before progressing to the next set in the series. You'll wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily but can remove them during meals and oral hygiene routines.
Clear aligner treatment can address various orthodontic concerns, including overcrowding, gaps, and bite issues, resulting in a healthier, more aligned smile. The length of your clear aligner treatment really depends on your unique case, with treatment times typically ranging from a few months to a couple of years.
Metal braces are a time-tested orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth and correct dental misalignments. This treatment uses metal brackets, wires, and elastic bands to move teeth into alignment.
Getting metal braces begins with an initial consultation at Lakewood Dental. Dr. Thompson or Dr. Amann will evaluate your smile, including the alignment of the teeth and bite, and develop a customized treatment plan. X-rays, photographs, and dental impressions give us a clear picture of your condition to make a plan that works for you.
Once you have a treatment plan, your dentist will bond metal brackets to the front surface of the teeth. An archwire is then threaded through the brackets and secured with elastic bands. This wire exerts gentle pressure on the teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired positions over time.
Regular adjustments and tightening of the wires are necessary throughout the treatment to continue the progress. If you have metal braces, you'll visit our Batesville office every few weeks for adjustments.
During these appointments, your dentist may replace the archwire, adjust the tension, or make other modifications to ensure the teeth move correctly.
Metal braces have a proven track record of successfully straightening teeth and correcting alignment issues. They are particularly beneficial for complex cases and patients who require extensive tooth movement. By following our instructions and attending regular appointments, you can get a healthier, more aligned smile with metal braces.