Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
July 29, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Beautiful porcelain or composite veneers in Westland, MI, can tweak the shapes and colors of your teeth to make them look more appealing in your smile. Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC, enhance your smile in the ways you want. Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, and Dr. Allison Carey design wafer-thin veneers to mask some of your smile's most visible imperfections.

Veneers for smile reshaping

Veneers bonded to misshapen, broken, or discolored teeth can give you the convincing appearance of a pristine smile. Damages accumulate on your teeth over time from your behaviors, habits, and natural aging. Your dentist uses durable bonding to attach them to specific teeth after an in-depth design process.

You might consider veneers as a cosmetic solution for:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Small teeth
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Whitening-resistant discoloration
  • Uneven spacing between teeth

Throughout the design process for your veneers in Westland, MI, your dentist listens to your input about what you'd like your new teeth to look like. By using materials like porcelain, which is slightly translucent, you can get veneers that look and function very closely to natural enamel.

Maintaining your veneers

You can live life pretty normally after reshaping your smile with veneers, but there are a few considerations you should take to make sure the veneers stay intact. Veneers typically need replacement eventually, especially since their placement requires that some natural enamel be removed.

You can maintain your veneers by taking care of them in the ways you take care of your natural teeth, like brushing twice a day and flossing every day. Plus, you should keep coming in for professional cleanings to remove dental plaque and check in on the health of your teeth and gums.

Be sure to avoid biting down on pencils, ice cubes, popcorn seeds, hard candies, and other objects that can break a veneer or cause it to fall off your tooth. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist can get you a custom nightguard to protect the veneers from bruxism damage.

You don't have to sacrifice teeth that are still healthy in order to enjoy a beautifully reshaped smile. At Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC, dentists Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, and Dr. Allison Carey design and craft your new veneers in Westland, MI, to your specifications. Call (734) 425-9130 for your consultation.

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
March 10, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: bridges   crowns  

Wondering how dental crowns and bridges improve smiles?

While no one wants to think about it, there are situations in which teeth may become damaged or need to be extracted. These are problems that are all too common. Our Westland, MI, dentists are here to restore your smile when you’re faced with issues such as cracked or missing teeth. Restorative dentistry can improve your oral health and your appearance.

What is a crown?

This tooth-shaped restoration is made to fit over a tooth to provide a protective barrier around the tooth. As you might imagine, this protective barrier ensures that the natural tooth underneath doesn’t become damaged any further. A crown can protect severely decayed, injured, and weak teeth and preserve what’s left of the tooth, so you don’t need an extraction later on in life.

When is a dental crown placed?

There are many scenarios in which our Westland, MI, general dentist will recommend a crown. Crowns are typically placed to:

  • Correct and improve a malformed, misshapen or discolored tooth
  • Strengthen a weak tooth
  • Restore chewing and biting
  • Protect teeth from further injury and damage
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Secure a fixed dental bridge in place

What is a bridge?

This dental prosthetic is custom-made to fill gaps in your smile with false teeth. If you choose to get a fixed dental bridge, we will need to use dental crowns to hold the bridge permanently in place. Otherwise, a removable dental bridge will contain clasps that will hook around natural teeth to secure them in place. The type of bridge that’s right for you will depend on a variety of factors including your oral health and whether your natural teeth are strong enough to support a bridge.

Why might I need a dental bridge?

Are you missing one or more teeth in a row? If so, then a dental bridge may be a quick, reliable way to restore missing teeth without the need for surgery. It usually takes 2-3 visits to get your dental bridge placed, and this dental device is made just for you. If you are missing teeth, we offer a wide range of tooth replacement options including bridges. We’d be happy to sit down and discuss your options with you.

When dental issues happen to you, our Westland, MI, family dentists can restore your smile. If you have questions about dental crowns and bridges, call Carey & Aylward Family Dentistry at (734) 425-9130 to schedule a consultation.

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
September 04, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

More and more people are loving their new smiles, courtesy of dental veneers, which are tooth-colored, ultra-thin shells that fit over your teeth to eliminate visible dental flaws. What’s not to love? Then can instantly conceal stubborn discoloration, malformed, cracked, and chipped teeth.

Here at Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC in Westland, MI, our dentists, Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, and Dr. Allison Carey, use porcelain veneers to transform dull smiles into dazzling smiles. To understand what exactly veneers can do for your smile and why many people love their results, let’s take a look at what they can offer.

Porcelain Veneers Offer Potent Stain-Resistant Properties

Porcelain is essentially ceramic, which means that it has that glass-like quality, is impervious, and very smooth. All these qualities make porcelain veneers very resistant to staining.

Porcelain Veneers Look Like Real Teeth

This is the primary reason for the growing popularity of porcelain veneers and is largely due in part to their ability to mimic the look of the tooth enamel. This is what makes them look realistic and virtually indistinguishable from real teeth.

Porcelain Veneers Are Extremely Sturdy

Veneers made of porcelain last relatively long, as much as 15 years or more.

Porcelain Veneers Don’t Need Extensive Shaping

When compared to dental crowns, veneers don’t need extensive shaping before installation, so they leave more healthy teeth structure intact. Additionally, in some cases, the teeth don’t even need reshaping when placing super-slim porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers Offer Color Versatility

Depending on your specific preferences, you can choose porcelain veneers in an ultra-white shade or a more realistic-looking whiter than off-white shade. They’re also an excellent alternative to professional bleaching if you have discolored teeth that in-office whitening by your dentist in Westland, MI, can’t fix.

Porcelain Veneers Can Restore Your Smile and Confidence

Because they can mask various dental imperfections like slightly misaligned teeth, gapped teeth, discolored teeth, and teeth with minor cracks, porcelain veneers dramatically restore your smile, and in turn, boost your confidence.

To Learn More About What Porcelain Veneers Can Do For Your Smile, Contact Us

Call (734) 425-9130 to set a consultation with your dentist here at Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC in Westland, MI, Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, or Dr. Allison Carey, today.

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
March 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Renew your smile with teeth whitening. The professional whitening treatments available through our dental office deliver dramatic results faster than other methods. Additionally, the results of professional teeth whitening can last for several years before touch-ups are needed. Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, and Dr. Allison Carey, the skilled dentists at Carey & Aylward, DDS in Westland, MI, offer both in-office and take-home professional teeth whitening treatments.

In-Office Whitening

The fastest way to whiten your smile is with in-office professional whitening. It only takes about one hour to achieve maximum results. At the end of your treatment session, teeth will be anywhere from three to eight shades whiter. Plus, not only will your teeth be whiter and brighter immediately after treatment, the results of professional in-office whitening can last for years.

In addition to being the fastest way to whiten your smile, in-office whitening performed by trained and experienced dental professionals is also the safest way to whiten teeth. During treatment, measures are taken to protect sensitive areas, such as the gums and tooth-roots. These areas can become irritated by the bleaching agent in the whitening solution so a protective barrier is used to prevent contact with the whitening gel. This is not necessarily possible with over-the-counter products or whitening services offered outside a dental office.

During treatment, a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is carefully applied to the teeth. The gel is left on for about one hour, during which time it penetrates tooth enamel to target stains and discolorations. The gel is then cleaned off the teeth and you will instantly notice a significantly whiter smile. The dentists at our office Westland, MI, can help you decide if in-office whitening is the best option for you.

Take-Home Whitening

A professional custom take-home whitening kit is a convenient alternative when you are unable to do in-office whitening. A mold is taken of your teeth and used to create two custom mouth trays to be used for whitening at home. Whenever you are ready to whiten, all you need to do is add the professional whitening gel included in your kit to the custom trays. The trays should be worn for about one hour each time. As you repeat the process several times over a few weeks, your teeth will become whiter and brighter.

If you are ready to renew your smile, professional teeth whitening is a great way to do so. The knowledgeable dentists at our office in Westland, MI, can help you decide between in-office and take-home whitening. Both options deliver professional results. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Aylward or Drs. Brent or Allison Carey, call Carey & Aylward, DDS at (734) 425-9130.

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
January 28, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants offer several advantages. One of the biggest advantages is the restoration of your smile through long-term and secure replacement of missing teeth. A dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants as you must have enough bone in the jaw area for placement of an implant. At Carey & Aylward in Seymour, one of our skilled dentists, Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, or Dr. Allison Carey, can tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a method for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. Dental implants consist of a metal implant, an abutment, and a crown. The metal implant is a screw-like post that is placed in the jaw bone. The implant functions as an anchor or root for the crown. The abutment is a small component used to join the crown to the implant. Once all components are in place, only the dental crown will be visible. The crown looks and functions exactly like a natural tooth.

Crowns are used in conjunction with dental implants when a single tooth is being replaced. It is also possible to use dental implants to replace several teeth at once. Multiple dental implants are strategically placed in the jaw bone. Then, depending on the individual patient, either a dental bridge with crowns or an implant-supported overdenture can be placed over the dental implants. One of the knowledgeable dentists at our office in Seymour can discuss restoring your smile with dental implants.

Advantages of Dental Implants

There are several advantages associated with choosing dental implants for restoring your smile. One of the biggest advantages is that dental implants can be used whether you need to replace one missing tooth or several. Another advantage is that dental implants are a long-term solution that can last indefinitely with proper care. Additionally, a dental implant holds artificial teeth securely in place. With dental implants, any worries about your replacement teeth slipping out of place are completely eliminated.

In addition to the many advantages of selecting dental implants for restoring your smile, there are several unexpected benefits, as well. By filling in the gaps caused by missing teeth, dental implants provide additional support for sagging facial muscles, improve speech by correcting the placement of the tongue when speaking, and eliminate excess strain on existing natural teeth that had been compensating for missing ones. Dental implants offer numerous advantages and benefits and our dentists can help you decide if dental implants are right for you.

Visit our office in Seymour and speak to our dentists about how dental implants can restore your smile. You will soon discover the many advantages of dental implants. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Aylward, Dr. B. Carey, or Dr. A. Carey, call Carey & Aylward at (734) 425-9130.