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Small chips and cracks in your teeth harm their performance and your smile aesthetics, too. Whether you sustained an oral injury or have dental bondingthin enamel, you should address these defects before they worsen. Boost the durability and appearance of your smile with composite resin bonding from your Kalamazoo, MI dentist, Dr. David Cooley. His artistic skill and years of experience will remake those marred teeth for a beautifully natural look. Really, it's amazing what a little composite resin can do.

What is composite resin?

Composite resin has become increasingly popular over the past 30 years because of its versatility in repairing chips, cracks, poor tooth shape, gaps and more. Additionally, composite resin has replaced amalgam fillings for many instances of tooth decay where patient and dentist desire a restoration with both durability and seamless good looks.

Composed of acrylic and glass particles which give it realistic translucency, the composite resin becomes almost as hard as natural tooth enamel, and it lasts for many years of normal use. In just one visit to your Kalamazoo dentist, your dental defects can disappear. Composite resin bonding, also called cosmetic bonding or direct bonding, is safe and quick.

How it's applied

For a successful cosmetic application of composite resin, your tooth must be healthy. That means no deep cracks below the gum line, tooth decay, gum disease or infection. So expect Dr. Cooley to examine your teeth and gums carefully to determine if you are a good candidate for cosmetic bonding.

If you are, he'll prepare the tooth surfaces. These steps allow the composite resin to adhere well to your tooth. Then, the color-matched resin is applied layer by layer, and the Kalamazoo dentist cures each with a hardening light.

Other uses of composite resin

As previously mentioned, composite resin fills cavities. Also, it can even dental bite, bond orthodontic brackets in place, improve tooth color and strengthen and stabilize mobile teeth. Dr. Cooley will devise the treatment plan perfect for your goals and needs.

And don't worry, composite resin is as easy to care for as your natural enamel. Just floss and brush as you normally would, and avoid hard foods such as ice and peanut brittle. Of course, see Dr. Cooley semi-annually for your cleanings and check-ups.

Consult us

Dr. Cooley and his team want you to smile with health and confidence. Composite resin bonding can help you do that. Find out more about it during a one-on-one consultation at our office. Call today for an appointment: (269) 345-1021.

By David Cooley, DDS
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Can you dramatically change the appearance of your smile and actually have dental enhancements last? You can if you are a candidate veneersfor porcelain veneers from your Kalamazoo, MI, dentist, Dr. David Cooley. Finely crafted from dental- grade porcelain, realistic porcelain veneers disguise a variety of dental flaws. The finished result delights patients for years to come.

What are porcelain veneers?

Having a long history, but becoming more popular and easier to place over the past 30 years or so, porcelain veneers are thin pieces of translucent ceramic. They are customized in shape and color to cover the front of teeth that have minor cosmetic flaws such as chips, cracks, deep stains, gaps and crowding. Some people call them "instant orthodontics" because they disguise aesthetic defects that previously required braces to correct.

Often part of a complete smile makeover, veneers beautify and protect healthy teeth. They last a long time, too--even decades--with good oral hygiene at home and at Dr. Cooley's office.

Veneers create a whole new look

This popular cosmetic treatment is simple. In just two to three appointments with Dr. Cooley your healthy teeth can change into a spectacularly beautiful healthy smile.

Start with a cosmetic dentistry consultation with your Kalamazoo dentist. He will examine your teeth and gums to make sure they're free from cavities and gum disease. Also, people who grind their teeth typically cannot receive veneers until their brusixm is corrected, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Then, the dentist takes X-rays and photos to understand your bone structure and facial appearance. Next, he'll ask you how you want to improve your smile. When you agree on the changes, he'll write a treatment plan which precisely addresses them.

The veneer process

When you and your dentist have agreed upon which teeth will receive veneers, he will remove a small portion of enamel. This resurfacing, along with some mild etching, ensures a good bond and allows the veneers to fit properly within your mouth. Dr. Cooley takes oral impressions to send to the dental lab, and he places temporary veneers to cover the teeth while the permanent ones are crafted.

Veneers are customized one by one, using quality ceramic that may be varied in shape and color. At the next dental visit, Dr. Cooley removes the temporary veneers and bonds the new ones in place with special cement and a curing light. The light activates a strengthening chemical within the adhesive, making the bond exceptionally durable.

With minor adjustments in dental bite, the veneer process is complete. As a cosmetic dentistry patient, you'll return to the office in about a week for a follow-up. At home, you'll brush and floss and usual. Plus, it's important to get your six-month cleanings and check-ups with your dentist.

It's easy

Dr. Cooley creates stunning new smiles with porcelain veneers. Find out if this aesthetic service is right for you. Contact the office team in Kalamazoo, MI today for a personal consultation: (269) 345-1021.

By David Cooley, DDS
July 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

 When you have a special event such as a wedding or class reunion, the last thing you want to worry about is your smile. However, time, teethwhiteningsmoking, food and beverages change the color of tooth enamel--even if your mouth is healthy. Dr. David Cooley understands how important your appearance is. So he offers professional teeth whitening in his Kalamazoo, MI office. If you qualify for this amazing cosmetic treatment, you'll see years of discolorations disappear.

Why do teeth stain?

Our tooth enamel is the body's hardest substance--stronger than even our skeletons. However, just because something is strong and durable doesn't mean it isn't porous, too. Just like the concrete on your sidewalk and curbing, tooth enamel picks up stains. Typical discolorations come from:

  • Foods that are darkly colored, such as grape juice, coffee, soy sauce, curry dishes and black tea
  • Smokeless tobacco and cigarettes
  • Some drugs such as antihypertensives and antihistamines
  • Root canal therapy
  • The aging process

Experts at Tufts University say that high acid foods such as citrus fruits and tomato-based sauces facilitate stains because they actually soften tooth enamel. Additionally, when someone doesn't brush his or her teeth or floss regularly, plaque and tartar build up. That organic material helps hold stains in tooth enamel.

How to have pearly whites again

Even people who are conscientious about in-office and at-home oral hygiene get dull, dingy smiles. So Dr. Cooley often recommends teeth whitening for patients whose teeth are decay-free and whose gums are pink and healthy.

How does professional teeth whitening in Kalamazoo work? Your dentist uses a powerfully concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to literally bleach out stains from tooth surfaces. Applied in just one hour at the office, or more moderately at home over several days, the peroxide gel oxidizes the discolorations, leaving the teeth several shades whiter.

A great benefit of whitening at the dental office is professional supervision. Dr. Cooley ensures your teeth are healthy enough for this cosmetic treatment, and he takes care that your gums and other oral tissues are not irritated by the gel.

Another benefit is effectiveness. Store bought strips, toothpastes, rinses and trays cannot produce great results because their active ingredients are not concentrated. The whitening trays Dr. Cooley offers for at-home whitening are custom-made to fit over your teeth perfectly. There is no seepage of the gel onto the gums and no dilution of the whitening agent with your own saliva.

Keeping your smile at its whitest

To maintain your dazzling look, limit your consumption of staining foods and beverages, or if you do consume them, drink water and/or brush afterwards. Also, buffer acidic foods with milk or hard cheeses such as cheddar. Of course, smoking cessation is helpful, too.

Find out more

For a cosmetic dentistry consultation, contact Dr, Cooley in Kalamazoo, MI. This well-credentialed and highly skilled dentist can give you the whitest smile possible. Call today: (269) 345-1021.

By David Cooley, DDS
November 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Improving your smile has become less and less complex thanks to modern cosmetic dentistry procedures like dental veneers. Veneers veneersare perhaps one of the fastest and easiest ways to overhaul your smile. However, determining if you should consider this impressive procedure for your smile can be more difficult than you'd previously anticipated. Learn more about veneers and if you could benefit from them with Dr. David Cooley in Kalamazoo, MI.

What are veneers? 
Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure which focuses on covering the imperfections on the teeth with a shell of super-thin yet durable porcelain. A dental laboratory custom-makes each veneer based on an impression of your mouth to give them the most snug and perfect fit on your tooth possible. This allows your veneer to blend in with your natural smile to give you the look you’ve always wanted.

Do I need to consider getting veneers? 
Veneers can improve the appearance of almost any smile. The main function of veneers is to improve the appearance of the smile, including helping correct aesthetic dental issues such as:

  • slightly misaligned or crooked teeth
  • slightly overcrowded teeth
  • slightly under crowded teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • chipped teeth
  • severely yellowed or discolored teeth
  • misshapen teeth

Dental Veneers in Kalamazoo, MI
Porcelain, thanks to its light-reflecting properties, emulates natural teeth closely, is a durable material used in many restorations and cosmetic dental procedures. And due to the quality of the porcelain used, veneers can last up to 20 years without requiring replacement. However, the life of your veneers depends on the care you provide. This makes your at-home oral care routine a crucial part of keeping both your veneers and your natural teeth healthy and free of decay. To accomplish this, simply brush twice daily and floss at least once. Be sure to see your dentist at least once every six months for examinations and cleanings and for any maintenance your veneers may require. 

For more information on dental veneers and deciding whether they are right for you, please contact Dr. David Cooley in Kalamazoo, MI. Call (269) 345-1021 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Cooley for dental veneers today!

By David Cooley, DDS
September 21, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Do you want a whiter, brighter smile but aren't sure if professional or over-the-counter whitening is the best choice? Dr. David Cooley, teeth whiteningyour Kalamazoo, MI dentist, shares some information that will help you choose.

Which is best: professional whitening or over-the-counter?

  • Results: Over-the-counter products are effective in lightening your teeth, but the results may only last a few weeks or months. If you're just looking for a quick boost, an over-the-counter product may be a good choice. However, if you want more long-lasting results, professional whitening is the better option. After a professional treatment, your teeth will stay whiter for several years with proper care.
  • Strength: Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in professional and over-the-counter whitening products. Because drugstore products contain weaker hydrogen peroxide solutions, you may need to use the kits for weeks or months before your teeth begin to lighten. Since professional treatments contain stronger solutions, you'll only need one treatment to brighten your smile.
  • Time: When whitening takes weeks, it's much easier to forget to apply the over-the-counter product faithfully. Unfortunately, if you don't keep up with the whitening schedule, your results may be affected. When you visit your dentist's office in Kalamazoo for a whitening treatment, you'll experience the full effects of whitening in just one hour. If you value your time, professional whitening is a better choice.
  • Safety: Hydrogen peroxide can damage and irritate your cheeks and gums if you don't protect them adequately. Keeping teeth whitening products from these sensitive areas can sometimes be a challenge if you're using a store-bought kit. Unfortunately, sensitivity can last for days or weeks. If you're concerned about sensitivity, professional whitening offers a safer option. Before your whitening session begins, your dentist will apply a protective gel to your root and gums and keep your cheeks and lips from coming in contact with the hydrogen peroxide by using retractors.

Professional teeth whitening offers a simple, safe way to brighten your smile. Call Dr. Cooley, your Kalamazoo, MI dentist, at (269) 345-1021 to schedule a teeth whitening appointment.