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By David Cooley, DDS
June 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Find out how porcelain veneers from your dentist can give you a new and improved smile.

Do you wish that you would feel completely confident in your appearance every time you smile? Of course, if you are dealing with dental-veneersimperfections that befall many of our smiles such as discolorations, gaps between teeth and uneven teeth then you may be wondering how our Kalamazoo, MI, dentist Dr. David Cooley can help alter your smile for the better. One way to get a more even and beautiful smile is with dental veneers.

These thin porcelain shells are bonded to the front of your teeth in order to bolster your appearance while covering flaws. Some of the benefits of veneers include:

Get a Whiter Smile

While many of us can benefit from professional teeth whitening, there are some stains that even whitening can’t fully get rid of. If you are dealing with internal stains caused by certain medications or excessive fluoride use, then dental veneers could give you the brighter smile you want. Plus, veneers are made from porcelain, so they are also stain resistant.

Close Gaps and Fix Minor Misalignments

Even if you’ve had braces as a child you may notice that your teeth have shifted out of place as you’ve gotten older. If you loathe that gaps between your front teeth or you want to hide the fact that some teeth are a little crooked or overlapping, then dental veneers could actually give you a straighter smile without ever needing to get braces.

Hide Chips and Cracks

While minor chips and cracks won’t affect the actual integrity of a tooth it can certainly throw off the entire shape of your smile. Our Kalamazoo, MI, cosmetic dentist can easily hide these aesthetic flaws just by applying dental veneers over these misshapen teeth.

Improve the Length of Your Smile

Are your teeth worn down from excessive teeth grinding? There are many reasons why teeth may not look even or long enough. Luckily, veneers can improve not only the shape and color of your smile but also the size of your teeth as well to give you a more symmetrical smile.

Are you ready to learn more about dental veneers? If so, call our Kalamazoo, MI, dental office today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with us.


By David Cooley, DDS
June 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Is a dental crown the right restoration for your damaged tooth? Learn more here about the durable and beautiful porcelain crowns your dental crownsdentist in Kalamazoo, MI, Dr. David Cooley places on teeth damaged by decay, trauma, abscess or other circumstances.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a realistic restoration made from superior grade porcelain or ceramic. Using visual inspection and digital X-rays in his Kalamazoo, MI office, your dentist can determine if this tooth-shaped cover can protect and support your tooth. For millions of people across the United States, crowns are used to restore dental implants and protect teeth after root canal therapy.

How is a crown placed?

The process takes two trips to the dental office. One involves the examination, X-rays, oral impressions (a negative imprint of the tooth) and enamel reduction. Enamel reduction removes decay and old fillings and prepares the tooth so that it can receive its crown. Dr. Cooley places a temporary cap over the prepared tooth to ensure it's protected and serviceable while the dental lab creates the permanent restoration.

When it's returned from the lab, you'll receive your crown during a brief try-on and bonding appointment. Dr. Cooley custom-shades your restoration on premises for best aesthetic effect. Also, he fine-tunes the bite and fit so that your restored tooth feels, acts and looks just right.

How should you care for your dental crown?

Treat your new crown as you do your other teeth:

  1. Avoid super-hard, sticky foods, such as taffy or peanut brittle, because these can crack or dislodge your crown.
  2. Brush twice a day.
  3. Floss the crown margins daily to keep your gums healthy and to avoid decay under the crown.
  4. See Dr. Cooley twice a year for your usual check-ups and cleanings.
  5. Wear a bite guard if your grind or clench your teeth.

A beautiful smile
Your porcelain crown can keep you smiling, biting and chewing for years. So, if Dr. David Cooley recommends a crown for that troublesome tooth, be confident in its success, longevity and lifelike appearance.