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Each of life's moments are precious—but some are more precious than others. For one like your wedding day, you want to look your very best.

Be sure your teeth and gums are also ready for that once in a lifetime moment. Here are a few cosmetic enhancements that can transform your smile appearance.

Dental cleanings. Having your teeth cleaned professionally not only boosts your dental health, but it can also enhance your smile's brightness. A dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar that can yellow and dull teeth. With plaque out of the way, your teeth's natural translucence can shine through.

Teeth whitening. For an even brighter smile, consider teeth whitening. We apply a bleaching solution that temporarily whitens your teeth. With a little care on your part and occasional touchups, your brighter smile could last well beyond your wedding day.

Tooth repair. A chipped or cracked tooth can ruin an otherwise perfect smile. We can often repair mild flaws by bonding tooth-colored composite resins to the defective area, usually in one visit. Porcelain veneers or crowns can mask more moderate imperfections, but they must be undertaken well in advance of your big day.

Teeth replacements. We can restore those missing teeth ruining your smile with dental implants. An implant replaces the tooth root as well as the crown to create a stable and durable hold that can last for years. But similar to porcelain restorations, an implant restoration could take months—so plan ahead.

Orthodontics. Correcting a bite problem through orthodontics can have a huge impact on your smile. Straightening teeth isn't just for teenagers—you can undergo treatment at any age. And if you opt for clear aligners, no one but you and your orthodontist need know you're wearing them.

Cosmetic gum surgery. Even if your teeth look perfect, too much of your gums showing could detract from your smile. If your “gummy smile” is caused by excess gum tissue, there are a number of plastic surgical techniques that can restructure the gums so that they appear in right proportion with the teeth.

If you want a more attractive smile on your wedding day, see us as soon as possible for a full evaluation and assessment of your needs. Depending on what you need, we have the means to make your smile live up to that moment of moments.

If you would like more information on smile enhancements, 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 “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
November 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry procedures from your dentists in Portage, Michigan can enhance your smile

If you need to improve your smile, you need to discover the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. You can choose one of the many versatile procedures to give you an outstanding smile. Dr. Jennifer Sarantos and Dr. Keith Wester at Wester Dental Care in Portage, Michigan offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to enhance your smile.

Many things can damage your smile. Aging, chewing on hard objects like ice cubes, grinding your teeth at night, and other habits can all diminish your smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can give you back the smile you’ve lost.

Consider these popular cosmetic dentistry procedures:

Professional whitening, which can whiten your smile up to 8 shades, and your dramatic results can last up to 5 years. Unlike many-over-the-counter treatments that contain harmful chemicals and abrasive agents, professional teeth whitening products have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association.

Cosmetic bonding, which can repair small cracks, chips, and lost tooth structure. This procedure uses composite, a unique liquid resin which can be matched to the color of your teeth. Composite is applied as a liquid, sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth, and hardened with ultraviolet light. The result is a virtually invisible tooth restoration that blends perfectly with your smile.

Porcelain veneers, which can cover up minor and major flaws in your smile including chipping, erosion, cracks, fracture lines, broken tooth structure, discolorations, and other problems. Veneers are thin laminates of sparkling, light-reflective porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They are a beautiful way to enhance your smile.

These are just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available to give you the smile you deserve. To find out more about these and other cosmetic and restorative procedures, call Dr. Jennifer Sarantos and Dr. Keith Wester at Wester Dental Care in Portage, Michigan today!

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
November 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Isn’t it time you felt confident in your smile?

Your smile says a lot about you. After all, it’s one of the first features we notice on another person. So, if you are dealing with misshapen, discolored or crooked teeth you may be hiding your smile from the rest of the world. Luckily, our Portage, MI, cosmetic dentists Dr. Jennifer Sarantos and Dr. Keith Wester can help you feel more confident in your smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry.

What types of cosmetic dentistry do you offer?

Our Portage, MI, dental team understands that everyone’s smiles are unique and that means that we need to offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options that are also fully customizable to fit everyone’s needs and goals. Some of the most popular cosmetic options we offer include,

  • Teeth whitening (both in-office and professional at-home systems)
  • Dental bonding
  • Teeth reshaping
  • Gum contouring
  • Porcelain veneers

What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of benefits, some of which you may not have even realized. Some benefits of cosmetic dentistry include,

  • Brightening teeth and removing dental stains and discolorations
  • Closing up gaps between teeth and fixing crooked or misaligned smiles
  • Improving the shape, size or length of your teeth
  • Improving the symmetry and shape of your gums
  • Making you look years younger
  • Boosting your confidence
  • Improving your oral health (straight teeth are less likely to develop cavities because they are easier to keep clean)
  • Preventing jaw pain and chronic headaches often associated with crowded or misaligned teeth

Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

If you find yourself hiding your smile because you are embarrassed by discolored, misshapen teeth or a crooked smile then this is a telltale sign that cosmetic dentistry is right for you. Our dental team can help reshape and enhance your appearance with the help of cosmetic dentistry. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you could very well be a great candidate for the cosmetic options we offer.

To discuss your cosmetic dentistry options with our Portage, MI, dental team, simply call Wester Dental Care at (269) 327-1119.

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
September 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

In case you missed it, September is Self-Improvement Month. Don't fret if you weren't aware—we're not sure how the ninth month acquired this celebration of positive human development either. But as long as we're celebrating, do something good for yourself—like improving your smile.

If this doesn't seem like a lofty enough self-improvement goal, remember this: There's much more to a smile than its looks. Smiles “speak” a social language, allowing us to wordlessly communicate acceptance, happiness, or even sympathy. A smile is a valuable part of beginning and maintaining relationships, be they familial, social or professional.

So why not go all out and enhance your smile during Self-Improvement Month? To that end, here are a few options:

Teeth whitening. Maybe your teeth are a little yellowed. If you have mild to moderate enamel staining, consider undergoing a professional whitening procedure. We use a safe but effective solution to give you just the level of brightness you want. And with proper maintenance and occasional touch-ups, you can have a brighter smile for years.

Bonding, veneers or crowns. If your teeth have chips, heavy discolorations or other mild to moderate defects, we can offer a variety of solutions. We can bond special dental materials to repair slight defects that make a tooth look good as new. For moderate flaws, heavy staining or slight gaps, we can bond a custom-made veneer to the front of teeth to hide these imperfections. We can also cap teeth with natural-looking crowns to cover larger disfigurements.

Orthodontics. Misaligned teeth can detract from an otherwise attractive smile. Orthodontics can help—and as long as you're in good oral and general health, you can undergo bite correction at any age. Braces aren't your only option: Removable clear aligners are nearly invisible to others, and because they're removable, they make it easier to keep your teeth clean.

Dental implants. Missing teeth can definitely dim a smile. And while there are a number of restoration options, dental implants are one of the top choices. Implants not only look and feel lifelike, they're exceedingly durable. Although they may be more expensive up-front, they have been shown to last longer and tend to require less maintenance than other restorations. Dental implants are a worthwhile investment in a long-term smile.

Cosmetic enhancements like teeth whitening or bonding may require only one or two visits, while other options like orthodontics or implants can take much longer. But you can still get the ball rolling now. Make an appointment this month for a full dental exam and consultation to start your journey toward improving your smile.

If you would like more information about enhancing your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change.”

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
April 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth whitening can do wonders for the quality of your smile and your overall confidence. A Kelton Research survey found that most teeth whiteningpeople think a whiter smile is an indicator of success, wealth, attractiveness, and even trustworthiness. Allow a dentist at Wester Dental Care in Portage, MI to look at your teeth to see if you can benefit from this popular cosmetic treatment.

Take Home Trays or One-Hour Teeth Whitening 
There are two teeth bleaching options available at Wester Dental Care. One is to have your teeth bleached in the office and the other is to take home a whitening kit that can only be prescribed by your dentist. If you are interested in having your teeth whitened fast, choose the in-office option. It is safer, quicker, and ensures that all of the surfaces are thoroughly treated. Take home trays provide significant results after a few weeks of treatment.

How Dental Whitening Improves Your Smile
In-office professional whitening by your Portage dentist gently removes years of stains from foods and beverages. It can improve the color of your teeth by up to eight shades. Whitening also improves your smile by giving you extra motivation to take care of your teeth daily. When your teeth look good, you are more likely to take the initiative to maintain good oral hygiene habits going forward.

One Short Dental Visit
Your smile can look significantly better after one in-office teeth whitening visit, which will only take about an hour. You simply lay back and wait while the bleaching agent does its’ magic. Once your dentist clears the bleaching solution, you’ll look in the mirror and see a whole new smile. This is one of the easiest dentist appointments you'll experience. Afterward, brush often with a gentle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Minimize your consumption of wine, black coffee, and red juices.

A Smart Choice for Your Smile
Having your teeth whitened may be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made for your smile. Call 269-327-1119 today to schedule an appointment at Wester Dental Care in Portage, MI with Dr. Jennifer Sarantos or Dr. Keith Wester.