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Troy, MI 48085
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By Rochester Dental
May 17, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Is your bright, white smile only a fond memory these days? It's not unusual for your smile to fade over the years, but it doesn't have to stay dull and yellow. Teeth whitening offers a simple, effective way to brighten your smile. Your Troy, MI, dentists Drs. William Carmody and Debra Halsey offer teeth whitening and other services that improve your smile, here at Rochester Dental.

How can teeth whitening help you?

Right or wrong, society places a high value on white teeth. Yellow teeth may make you look older or feel less confident in social or work situations. Teeth whitening in Troy easily removes stains that dull your smile, improving your appearance and your self-esteem.

How does teeth whitening work?

Brushing alone won't keep your smile white. Brushing can't remove dark pigments from foods and beverages that tend to become trapped in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. During a teeth whitening session, your Troy, MI, dentist coats your teeth with a gel that contains hydrogen peroxide. The gel oozes into the tiny pores and breaks apart the pigments that cause stains, leaving your smile brighter.

Before your treatment begins, a protective gel will be applied to your roots to reduce sensitivity. Plastic retractors placed in your mouth will prevent your lips and cheeks from coming into contact with the whitening gel. Every professional treatment also includes a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. Without this crucial step, your teeth might look speckled after your cleaning, as hydrogen peroxide can't lighten plaque and tartar.

Professional whitening only takes about an hour and may lighten your smile by as much as three to eight shades.

Why should I choose professional teeth whitening?

Professional-strength whitening agents work much faster than over-the-counter products because they contain higher formulations of hydrogen peroxide. In fact, most people only need one whitening session at the dentist's office.

Professional whitening is also safer and offers more consistent results. If do-it-yourself trays don't fit your mouth precisely, or strips don't cover your teeth completely, your teeth may appear two-tone. After a professional whitening session, your teeth will be uniformly white. 

Brighten your smile with teeth whitening. Call your Troy, MI, dentists Drs. William Carmody and Debra Halsey of Rochester Dental at  (248) 528-0700 to schedule an appointment.

By Rochester Dental
April 06, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Damaged teeth can cause pain and discomfort. Additionally, they might be too weak or worn down to perform regular biting and chewing functions. Fortunately, there is a solution. Damaged teeth can be strengthened and restored with dental crowns, which are protective caps that give teeth a strong, new exterior. Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey, the skilled dentists at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, can strengthen damaged teeth and restore normal functioning with dental crowns.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are hollow shells or caps that are placed over damaged teeth to strengthen and protect them. The exterior of a dental crown looks just like a natural tooth so they blend right in with the rest of your smile. Additionally, many dental crowns are made from a material such as ceramic or porcelain that closely resembles the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Each dental crown is also custom-made for the best possible fit.

Since the natural tooth is completely encapsulated inside, the dental crown gives it a strong, new exterior so it can handle the force of biting and chewing food. Damaged teeth can sometimes be too weak to perform these functions, but dental crowns strengthen them and restore functioning. In addition to strengthening damaged teeth, dental crowns also protect them from sustaining further damage.

A primary purpose of dental crowns is strengthening damaged teeth. However, they can also dramatically improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues by concealing imperfections within the crown. The appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained, discolored, or misshaped can be enhanced with dental crowns. The experienced dentists at our office in Troy can strengthen or improve the appearance of your teeth with dental crowns.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

There are several benefits associated with dental crowns, such as being durable and long-lasting. Some of the major benefits of dental crowns include:

  • Strengthening damaged teeth
  • Protecting teeth from additional damage
  • Restoring biting and chewing functions
  • Improving the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues
  • Blending in with the rest of your smile since they look completely natural

Dental crowns strengthen teeth and restore normal functioning. They also transform the look of teeth with various cosmetic flaws. To learn more about dental crowns and how they can help your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Carmody or Dr. Halsey, our exceptional dentists, by calling Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, at (248) 528-0700.

By Rochester Dental
April 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you're unhappy with your appearance or want to repair a damaged tooth, cosmetic dentistry services will revitalize your smile. Your cosmetic dentists in Troy, MI, Dr. Debra Halsey and Dr. William Carmody of Rochester Dental, can help you find the perfect treatment or service for you.

Teeth whitening renews your smile

Tooth stains are hard to avoid for most people. Drinking coffee, tea, or eating or any food and beverage with dark pigments can lead to stains. Aging and tobacco use are also factors that contribute to a dull smile.

Fortunately, teeth whitening offers a simple solution. Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in the whitening agent your dentist uses, breaks apart and removes the pigments that cause stains. After whitening, your teeth may be three to eight shades whiter.

Bonding improves the appearance of your teeth and repairs minor damage

Bonding, one of the least expensive dental treatments, offers excellent results. It can be used to fill in a chip at the bottom of a tooth, hide discoloration or imperfections, make your teeth look more uniform, or lengthen a short tooth.

During your visit to the Troy, MI, dental office, your dentist applies a small amount of composite resin, a flexible tooth-colored material. After shaping the material, they harden it with a curing light.

Veneers offer a simple solution for cosmetic issues

Thin veneers hide imperfections and flaws on the fronts of teeth. The porcelain or plastic shells are just about as thick as a fingernail yet offer excellent coverage when cemented to your teeth.

Veneers can be used to change the shape of a tooth, lengthen a short tooth, whiten your entire smile, or conceal chips, gaps, cracks, and imperfections. The restorations last 10 to 15 years or longer before they must be replaced.

Dental implants replace lost teeth permanently

Implants create a brand new synthetic tooth that looks and feels just like natural teeth. Dental implants are tiny titanium posts implanted in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The posts serve as replacements for lost roots and soon begin to fuse to your jawbone. Each implant supports a dental crown, a restoration that replaces the visible part of a tooth. Dental implants offer excellent biting power and will last your entire life with proper care.

Improve your smile with a cosmetic dentistry treatment! Call your Troy, MI, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Halsey and Dr. Carmody of Rochester Dental, at (248) 528-0700 to schedule your appointment.

By Rochester Dental
March 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Your Troy, MI, dentists, Dr. William Carmody, and Dr. Debra Halsey can help you restore your missing teeth with dental implants. Implants offer many advantages, including these five key benefits.

Better biting ability

Loss of biting power is the downside to tooth restoration options that don't replace tooth roots. Roots give your teeth the strength and stability needed for biting and chewing a variety of foods.

Dental implants replace your natural roots with titanium posts that osseointegrate or bond to your jawbone. Once the implants osseointegrate in a matter of months, they're just as strong as your natural roots. Implants are topped with dental crowns, restorations that replace the visible parts of your teeth.

Thanks to your implants, you'll be able to continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods, even raw vegetables, and tough meats.

Natural feel

Since your new tooth is rooted in your jawbone, it will feel completely natural. In fact, many people in Troy who have had implants report that they can't tell the difference between their implants and natural teeth. Implants also won't slip, slide, and irritate your gums.

The only long-term option

Other tooth restoration options need to be replaced periodically but not implants. In fact, your implant may very well last your entire life. (Although your implants don't have to be replaced, you may need to replace your crowns when they wear out.) When you calculate the long-term costs of the various tooth restoration methods, you'll probably discover that implants are the least expensive choice.

No jawbone issues

Your tooth roots constantly stimulate your jawbone, keeping the bone strong. When teeth are lost and the roots aren't replaced, the bone may shrink and weaken. Unfortunately, this can cause other teeth to loosen or the muscles in your lower face to sag. Restoring your lost roots with implants helps you avoid these unpleasant consequences.

An excellent option for almost everyone

Do you think dental implants aren't an option because you've lost multiple teeth? Although implants are often used to replace single missing teeth, they can restore any number of missing teeth. Depending on the number of teeth you've lost, an implant-supported bridge or denture may be an option for you. You're a good candidate for dental implants if you're in good general and oral health, don't smoke or don't have immune-suppressing diseases, or take medications that affect your immune system.

Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call your dentists in Troy, MI. Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey, at (248) 528-0700 to schedule your appointment.

By Rochester Dental
February 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Bonding  

Dental Bonding and Your Teeth

Dental bonding is a simple, inexpensive procedure used to repair cracked or broken teeth. Also known as "tooth bonding," this non-invasive procedure applies a composite resin to your teeth which repairs and restores small damages. To find out if dental bonding is right for you visit Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, where Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey can fill you in on the full dental bonding process.

How Does Dental Bonding Repair Your Teeth?

Dental bonding is most commonly used to repair teeth that have been chipped or cracked from mouth trauma. Anyone can crack a tooth, whether an incident on the court or an accident with a cup, a chipped tooth can cause a variety of dental health problems. Fixing broken teeth is vital for your oral health. It helps you chew and speak properly to prevent further damage to your mouth. Luckily, tooth bonding can easily repair a tooth in as little as one visit to your Troy, MI, dentist.

To repair the tooth, a composite resin is applied to the affected area to fill in the gaps and reshape the tooth. The resin is very pliable which allows the dentist to mold it into any shape and match it to any shade. After the resin is applied, your dentist will use a strong UV light to set the bonding and your tooth repair will be complete. The bonding reshapes broken teeth to a healthy state so you can smile, eat, and speak freely without embarrassment.

Is Dental Bonding Right for Your Teeth?

If you are looking for an inexpensive solution to gapped or chipped teeth then dental bonding is perfect for you. Tooth bonding is one the most cost-effective procedure performed by dentists. A single visit can have a major impact on your smile, so let cosmetic dentists Dr. Carmody and Dr. Halsey improve your smile today at Rochester Dental.

Tooth bonding is not only for minor accidents, it can also repair defects in teeth such as discoloration, gaps, or short teeth. These cosmetic corrections are used on patients every day to great success. Even if your teeth are mostly healthy, dental bonding could repair uneven teeth giving you a perfect smile to be proud of.

If you are looking for an economical and effortless solution to your dental troubles, Rochester Dental is here for you. Get your next Dental Bonding in Troy, MI, with Dr. Carmody and Dr. Halsey. Call (248) 528-0700 to find out more information or to schedule an appointment.

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