Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Chestnut Dental Associates
August 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Chestnut Dental Associates
March 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic bonding is a dental procedure for correcting cosmetic flaws and improving the appearance of your smile. Teeth that are chipped, dental bondingcracked, discolored, or slightly misshapen can be repaired and corrected with cosmetic bonding. Afterward, your smile will be transformed. At Chestnut Dental Associates, Dr. Carl Horchos is your Downingtown, PA general dentist for cosmetic bonding.

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures for transforming your smile. The procedure is also fairly quick and much less complicated than other types of cosmetic dental procedures. A composite resin material is used to repair minor problems, such as cracks or chips, in teeth. The bonding material can be color matched to your existing teeth so it readily blends in for a completely natural look. The bonding material is applied directly to the problem area of the tooth. As it dries, it permanently bonds with the tooth, becoming part of it.

Cosmetic bonding can be used to correct several different types of imperfections. It can even be used to cover and protect roots that have been exposed due to a receding gum line. The procedure is quick, uncomplicated, and painless. Your Downingtown general dentist can help you decide if cosmetic bonding is the right choice for achieving the smile you desire. Cosmetic bonding can be used to repair and improve the appearance of the following problems:

  • Chips and cracks in teeth
  • Stains and discolorations on teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth

The bonding material can be used to replace the missing portion of a chipped tooth. It can also seal cracks in teeth and prevent them from cracking further. Stains and discolorations can be concealed and irregularly shaped teeth can be reshaped. Cosmetic bonding can even be used to close small gaps between teeth. Cosmetic bonding can give you the smile you desire.

Cosmetic bonding is a practical and an affordable option for correcting cosmetic imperfections in your smile. To learn more about cosmetic bonding, and whether it is the right option for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Horchos, your Downingtown, PA general dentist, by calling Chestnut Dental Associates at (484) 364-4292.

By Chestnut Dental Associates
September 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover the many wonderful dentistry services we offer right here in Downingtown.preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry

It’s important that no matter how good your oral hygiene is that you have a dentist you can turn to for routine care (and if there are issues). Whether it’s been a while since your last dental visit or you’re currently looking for a dentist, find out what our Downingtown, PA, dentist, Dr. Carl Horchos, can offer you.

Preventive Care

No matter how healthy you are, you still need to visit your Downingtown general dentist every six months for routine exams and cleanings. Even if you are a meticulous brusher, you can still miss certain spots where plaque lives. Leave it to us to remove all the plaque and tartar from your teeth, as well as remove surface stains caused by certain foods and drinks. Plus, we can catch problems at their earliest when they are much easier to treat.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Ever dreamed of getting your smile several shades whiter? Want to mask chips and cracks in your teeth or get a straighter smile with dental veneers? Modern-day cosmetic dentistry can do so much for your smile. So, whether you want to make minor tweaks or full-on transformations, we can do it all right here so that you have a smile you love.

Restorative Treatments

Sometimes an infection sets in or a tooth is damaged while playing sports. When these problems arise it’s important that you have a dentist you can turn to right away for immediate care. Not only do we provide emergency dentistry when you need it most, we also provide comprehensive restorative dentistry treatments, from root canal therapy to dental implants.

Gum Disease Treatment

Did you know that most Americans deal with some form of gum disease? A lot of people with gum disease don’t even know it (which is another reason why you should be coming in twice a year for checkups). Gum disease is one of the main causes of tooth and bone loss, but we can prevent these complications from happening altogether by helping you manage your symptoms for the long run.

Whether you need to schedule your upcoming cleaning or you just have questions about the services we offer, don’t hesitate to call Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, PA, today. We are here to provide you with the care you need for a healthy smile.

By Chestnut Dental Associates
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Dental crowns are one of the most versatile dental treatments available. Almost as old as the field of dentistry itself, crowns have been around in various forms for centuries. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the ancient Etruscans were using gold crowns and bridgework as early as 200 AD. Like all aspects of modern dentistry, crowns have evolved to look and function more like your natural teeth than ever before. Dr. Carl Horchos, a dentist in Downington, PA, recommends dental crowns to fix common cosmetic and restorative dental problems like chipped, broken, or severely decayed teeth.

Smile Restoration in Downington, PA

Our teeth are incredibly resilient and designed to hold up under the intense wear and tear of everyday use. But over time, the effects of the food we eat, poor oral hygiene habits, or an accident can lead to damage or even tooth loss. Dental crowns are a cap designed to cover a damaged tooth to restore aesthetics and function.

Some of the most common uses for porcelain crowns and bridgework include:

  • Fix a chipped or broken tooth
  • Replace a missing tooth alongside dental implants or dental bridges
  • Restore a severely decayed tooth
  • Cover permanently stained or discolored teeth

In addition to the obvious cosmetic benefits, crowns also help to improve your oral and general health. Even a single damaged tooth can make it difficult to eat and in some cases properly clean your teeth. In cases where a cavity is too large to fill with a standard dental filling, a crown can fortify the remaining portion of the tooth and prevent a painful extraction. Investing in crowns and bridgework will both restore your smile in the moment, and in many cases help to prevent further damage in the future.

Find a Dentist in Downington, PA

There has never been a better time to invest in a new and improved smile. For more information, contact Chestnut Dental Associates by calling (484) 364 - 4292 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Horchos today.

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There are a number of ways to improve unsightly teeth. You can, of course, replace them with dental implants — but not if they're still viable. You can crown them: however, you'll have to significantly reduce their structure for the crowns to fit over them.

There is another less invasive option for teeth with mild to moderate imperfections — you can cover them with porcelain veneers. As the name implies, a veneer is a thin covering of dental porcelain bonded to the outside surface of a tooth. They literally put a “new face” on chipped, stained or slightly gapped teeth.

You'll first need a dental examination to ensure your teeth are reasonably healthy and that you don't have any significant dental problems that could interfere with the veneers. We can then design your veneers' shape and color to achieve the look you desire. We can also create a temporary “trial smile” with acrylic replicas of your proposed veneers to give you a realistic impression of your future smile.

The next step is the possibility the teeth need to be prepared for the veneers. Although quite thin, veneers can still make the teeth look larger or bulky. To compensate, we remove some of the tooth enamel. Although much less than for a crown, this alteration is still permanent: your teeth will need some form of restoration from now on. There are also “no-prep” veneers, which require no tooth surface reduction.  Ask us if this is an option.

We then make an impression of the teeth, which with other information will guide a technician at a dental laboratory to manually create your new veneers. This can take several weeks and requires a high degree of artistry to produce a custom product that will match your teeth.

Once they've arrived, we'll use a permanent bonding process to precisely attach them to your teeth.  It will then be up to you to care for your veneers, especially not biting down on anything hard that could chip or crack them. You should also maintain regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene to keep your smile as bright and attractive as possible.

Although small in size, veneers can make a big impression. They can restore the smile you once had — or give you the look you've always wanted.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty as Never Before.”



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