Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By North Main Dental Inc
September 20, 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 North Main Dental Inc
February 21, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Smiling—everyone does it, but not everyone particularly loves showing off their teeth due to issues such as discolorations, misalignments, and physical chips/cracks. Fortunately, smile makeovers involving different cosmetic dentistry procedures offer an excellent solution for people who don’t particularly love their smiles. Here at North Main Dental Inc. in Dayton, OH, Dr. James Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler tailor-fit a cosmetic dentistry treatment plans to meet patients' specific issues—read on to learn more.

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix My Smile?

Cosmetic dentistry procedures involved in smile makeovers can fix a wide array of cosmetic flaws, including the following:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Uneven, crooked, or eroded teeth
  • Teeth gaps
  • Uneven gum lines
  • Gummy smiles

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in a Smile Makeover

After you and your dentist have discussed your treatment goals and all the cosmetic dentistry treatments that may be involved, you’ll then decide which procedures are best for your goals and specific needs. Since these procedures are customized to your individual requirements, the combination of treatments is seemingly endless. At our Dayton office, we provide the following options:

  • Veneers, including traditional porcelain veneers and no-prep/minimal-prep veneers
  • Teeth whitening, available in both take-home whitening kits or in-office options
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental fillings
  • Dental contouring
  • Gum recontouring
  • Dental implants
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Orthodontic treatments including traditional braces, clear braces, or retainers

Because no two smiles can ever be the same, all cosmetic dentistry approaches are unique. Here at our Dayton office, you will find skill and experience during your consultation, helping you to determine the best treatments that will give you the smile you’re looking for.

Interested? Give Us a Call

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jamie Shepler or Dr. James Shepler of North Main Dental Inc. in Dayton, OH, by calling (937) 275-0076 to begin your smile makeover journey today.

By North Main Dental Inc
December 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry ProceduresToday's cosmetic dentistry procedures are better and more accessible than ever. At North Main Dental in Dayton, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler offer several aesthetic treatments which change drab, damaged teeth into spectacular smiles. Whether you need a small correction or a full smile makeover, this artistic team can rejuvenate your smile.


What Makes a Smile

Personal taste varies, but in general, you know a great smile when you see it, and so do those around you. In fact, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile is your best personal asset and heavily affects how people treat you in social settings.

So, you want your smile to reflect your personality, but stained enamel, a gap between the two front teeth, and other defects impact your image and self-confidence. Here's where cosmetic dentistry in Dayton comes in.

Dr. James Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler ask their patients to come to North Main Dental for a personal consultation. This friendly discussion is then used to its best advantage, as you will discuss all the ways you would like your smile to change, allowing your dentist to arrive at realistic ways to achieve those goals. Your consultation will also include a complete oral examination and X-rays.


Offered Treatments

Zoom! Teeth Whitening: Effectively bleaching a variety of dental stains, Zoom! chairside whitening is one of today's most popular cosmetic dentistry services. Accomplished in just one hour, this safe whitening process lifts organic matter from tooth enamel, leaving it bright and shiny. The results are amazing!

Composite Resin Bonding: Dr. Shepler uses a tooth-colored mixture of glass particles and acrylic to reshape and strengthen chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth. The material is layered and hardened with a special light, creating a bond which lasts.

Porcelain Veneers: These shells of dental porcelain camouflage the front of teeth which have more extensive cosmetic problems such as large chips or stains that don't respond to whitening. Veneers are permanent, strong and realistic, blending in well with the rest of your smile.

White Fillings: These restorations rebuild decayed teeth with seamless, tooth-colored composite resin. Unlike metal fillings, they bond right to existing tooth structure and actually flex every time you bite and chew.

Invisalign Clear Aligners: This customized orthodontic system improves smile alignment for healthier, straighter teeth in half the time of conventional braces. Great for older teens and adults just like you! Invisalign appliances are completely unnoticeable, removable, and easy to maintain.


Come See Us!

Drs. James and Jamie Shepler love seeing their patients smile with health and confidence. If you'd like to enhance your teeth and gums, arrange a consultation at North Main Dental. Come in and share your ideas with us! We know we can translate them into your best smile. Call today: (937) 275-0076.


Most of us wouldn't think of buying a new car without a “test drive.” It's a serious investment, so you want to make sure you're comfortable with your new ride.

Like an auto purchase, the plan you and your dentist agree on to cosmetically enhance your teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is a significant investment. Wouldn't it be nice to “test drive” your future smile before you undergo any procedures?

Actually, you can — two ways, in fact. For one, your dentist could use computer imaging software that alters a photo of your face to show how your smile will appear after dental work. These computer enhancements are a great planning tool for making decisions on the look you want to achieve.

But even the best computer images only provide a static, two-dimensional representation of your new smile. It can't capture all the angles and movement dynamics of any proposed changes. That's where the other way, a trial smile, is a true test drive — you can see your future smile in action.

With a trial smile, your dentist temporarily places tooth-colored material called composite resin on your teeth to simulate the proposed changes. The resin can be shaped and sculpted to create a life-like replica that you'll be able to view in all three spatial dimensions. What's more it will give you a chance not only to see what your new smile will look like, but to actually experience how it feels in your mouth.

Creating a trial smile is an added expense and it's only available during your consultation visit — the dentist will need to remove the resin before you leave. But you'll still be able to get a good impression of what your final smile will be like. You'll also be able to take photos you can show to family and friends to get their impressions of your proposed new look.

A trial smile allows you to know beforehand what your dental work investment will provide you, and even fine-tune your makeover plan before work begins. With this particular kind of “test drive” you'll have greater assurance that you'll be happy and satisfied with the end results.

If you would like more information on trial smiles, 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 “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”

By North Main Dental Inc
March 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Give your smile that like cosmetic tweak it needs to really shine.restorative dentistry

Who says that in order to get the perfect smile that you have to keep coming back to the office time and time again just to get the results you want? Who says that you have to go through numbing needles, drills or other more invasive options to get the smile of your dreams? Here at North Main Dental, our Dayton, OH, cosmetic dentists, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler, understand that not everyone has the same cosmetic needs or goals. If you have more minor adjustments to make to your smile then simple dental bonding might be able to help you.

What is dental bonding?

During dental bonding, a material known as composite resin is applied and shaped over minor cosmetic defects such as chips, cracks, discolorations, and even small gaps between teeth. While you might know composite resin as the tooth-colored material used to fill a cavity, in this situation, the resin is used purely for cosmetic purposes.

What are the benefits of dental bonding in Dayton?

There are many benefits to getting dental bonding. First and foremost, getting the smile you want shouldn’t be expensive or take up a lot of your time. Bonding is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to cosmetically improve and enhance your smile.

Bonding can also be performed in one visit and often when you are already here for your routine dental exam and cleaning. Bonding can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the issue, how many teeth you want to treat and which teeth are being treated.

Furthermore, dental bonding is completely non-invasive, which means that you won’t have to undergo drilling, needles or even numbing gel. We just choose the bonding resin that most closely matches the shade of your tooth and then we apply, shape it and then harden it permanently to the tooth. It’s that simple!

No matter whether you have questions about dental bonding or you want to find out if it’s the right way to fix your minor imperfections, don’t hesitate to call North Main Dental in Dayton, OH. Getting the ideal smile shouldn’t be difficult; dental bonding could help.