How important is your smile to you? In answering this question, consider how your smile makes you feel. Do you lack confidence or feel self-conscious due to visible imperfections in your smile? If you have relatively healthy teeth and gums, but are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, Dr. Ettienne van Zyl offers a number of cosmetic dentistry solutions that can help. Proudly serving Rogers, AR, our practice makes each and every patient its number-one priority. Our goal is for you to leave our office with a beautiful smile and feeling better than ever. Dr. van Zyl uses his wealth of expertise to deliver exceptional results that patients feel proud to reveal to the world. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, contact our practice today.
Every time you smile, people make judgments about you based in part on your teeth, and when people make judgments about you, you cannot help but read these judgments in their faces. In a recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), people with a whiter, straighter smile were not only rated as being more attractive and popular with the opposite sex, but also more intelligent, wealthier, and successful.
What is your smile saying about you? And what are people saying back? An improved smile can lead to improved confidence. And a smile you're happy with is one you'll show off more often. After undergoing cosmetic dental procedures, most patients find themselves becoming more outgoing and cheerful. Life is better when you have a brighter smile.
There are many reasons why you might be unhappy with your smile. Genetics, accidents, and lapses in dental care can all contribute to dental problems.
But as diverse as the causes, they all have possible solutions afforded by cosmetic dentistry. Some of the most common problems cosmetic dentistry can fix include:
You may have one, two, three, or more of these problems to varying degrees. Many of these problems are not only cosmetic, but functional, and can lead to other problems if not treated. Missing teeth, for instance, can lead to gum disease and infections, jaw problems, and the drift of other teeth leading to increased crookedness and gapping.
If you have stained, cracked, chipped, broken, misshapen, or uneven teeth, porcelain veneers can be an excellent way to improve the look of your smile. These custom tooth coverings are bonded to the surfaces of teeth, concealing cosmetic blemishes and enhancing the entire appearance of your smile with symmetry and natural-looking results. The porcelain is strong, durable, and resistant to staining, allowing you to maintain your gorgeous results for many years to come.
Many teenagers and adults who wish to straighten their misaligned teeth fail to seek treatment because they prefer not to wear conspicuous metal braces. Fortunately, Dr. van Zyl offers ClearCorrect™, a revolutionary method of aligning teeth, just as traditional braces do, but with a series of clear, plastic trays. The aligners are comfortable, removable, and virtually undetectable to others. Dr. van Zyl customizes your treatment plan for gradually shifting the teeth into their correct position. ClearCorrect™ is a simple, effective way to correct misalignment.
For patients with more than one cosmetic concern, Dr. van Zyl can administer a complete smile makeover. No matter how extensive your needs may be, Dr. van Zyl will carefully examine your case and map out the best course of action for achieving a beautiful smile. For truly transformative results, you should entrust your smile to a dentist that has both technical skill and a keen aesthetic eye, such as Dr. van Zyl. Your treatment plan likely will consist of several cosmetic dentistry procedures performed simultaneously at our office.
Today, it is easier than ever to be an informed consumer. By conducting some simple research, you can find an outstanding practitioner to perform your cosmetic dentistry treatments. Some of the best ways to find a great dentist include:
Before or during your initial consultation, it is a good idea to ask about the dentist’s experience in the specific treatment you want and request to see more before and after pictures of the dentist's patients. As with any service, the provider with more training and experience is more likely to deliver the outcome you desire. You should also feel comfortable speaking with your dentist and asking questions. During your consultation, make certain that your dentist is willing to patiently explain all recommendations, and does not pressure you into procedures you do not want or understand.
Dr. van Zyl is certified by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He has also studied cosmetic dentistry at renowned institutions such as the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. To learn more about why Dr. van Zyl's experience and qualifications make him an excellent choice to help you achieve the smile of your dreams,
I feel self-conscious enough about my smile and don’t want people to know I’ve had work done. Will this look natural?
While everyone is unique, and results cannot be completely guaranteed, cosmetic dentistry is a subtle art, and with advanced training in the latest techniques you can achieve the most natural smile possible. Cosmetic dentists know how to adjust the style of your smile to best match your facial proportions, gender, age, complexion, hair color, hair style, and eye color, while complementing your lifestyle and character.
People will notice the change, but usually be unable to pinpoint it. Most often, you will hear questions like: “Have you changed your hair style?”, or “Have you lost weight?” Your friends and coworkers will know something is different – they just won’t know what.
How long does treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on the kind of treatment. Many aesthetic procedures, such as simple bonding and tooth whitening can be completed in a single visit, while more complicated procedures may take multiple visits and possibly several weeks or even months. Dr. van Zyl understands your eagerness to have your new smile and will work hard to complete your treatment in the shortest time possible. For more information, consult the individual procedures pages.
How long will my new smile last?
Again, this depends on the type of treatments you have done. Today’s materials are actually stronger than natural teeth, and are far more resistant to wearing and breakage. All, however, depend on you doing your part. With regular checkups and care, your smile should last for many, many years.
I’ve always been afraid of the dentist. Can you help?
LVI teaches dentistry techniques that will make your procedure surprisingly comfortable. By working quickly and using advanced technologies, they are able to get great results with very conservative treatments, minimizing your discomfort and speeding your recovery.
There are also several options such as sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry to help you feel comfortable during your time at the dentist. Often anxieties about the dentist are related to past bad experiences and you will find that with each visit your comfort level increases. Ask your dentist what they can do to make you feel more comfortable with options like sedation dentistry.
Will a new smile change my life?
While we cannot promise any life-altering outcomes, it is not uncommon for patients to be filled with self-confidence, which can make a huge difference in the way people present themselves. They feel more outgoing, and they simply can’t stop smiling!
Will my insurance pay for these procedures?
Unfortunately, most dental insurance will not pay for the cosmetic portion of your treatment, although they will contribute toward some of the procedures. Most cosmetic treatment is considered elective and not covered by insurance. Dr. van Zyl and his staff will do everything possible to maximize your insurance benefit, but depending on your coverage this may not be much. However, dental treatment is something best not put off, and Dr. van Zyl offers many financing options.
Cosmetic dental improvements can lead to significant improvements in your physical and mental health. Only a qualified cosmetic dentist can properly diagnose and treat your dental problems. If you live in the Rogers area, contact Dr. van Zyl today.