Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
June 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: White Fillings  

Find out why composite fillings are the most popular way to restore a decaying tooth.

Has our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott just detected a cavity during your last dental visit? If so, you may be feeling a bit frustrated. Don’t worry; removing a cavity is easy. Of course, once the decayed enamel is removed you may be wondering how your dentist will restore the tooth. After all, you can’t just leave holes in the tooth. This is where a dental filling comes in.

What is a dental filling?

In order to rebuild and strengthen a tooth after decay, our Ann Arbor, MI, general dentists will need to fill those areas of the tooth with a special material. In most cases, a dental filling is made from resin and ceramic, which are highly durable and also match the color and look of real tooth enamel.

What are the benefits of white fillings?

The most obvious benefit is that a white filling is going to blend in with the rest of the tooth so it’s not visible. The purpose of a filling is to look as much like real tooth enamel as possible so that we can fully restore it and also make teeth look healthier and natural. Before placing the resin our dentist will choose the appropriate shade so it blends in.

Another benefit of white fillings that most people don’t even realize is that the filling bonds to the tooth directly. This makes the tooth structurally more sound and stronger. Plus, more of the tooth’s natural structure is preserved when getting white fillings, which also protects the tooth’s overall structural integrity.

By not having to remove as much enamel from the tooth in order to place a white filling we create a long-lasting solution. Thanks to the fact that white fillings are bonded directly to the tooth to create a more dependable seal between the filling and tooth this also lessens the chances that a new cavity may form under the filling.

Have questions about getting a dental filling? Worried that you may have cavities? If so, our Ann Arbor, MI, family dentists can help. Schedule an appointment with our dental team today by calling (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
December 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Sometimes, achieving your best smile requires more than brushing, flossing, and overall good oral hygiene. If your teeth are cracked, damaged, or missing, you may need the help of Wayne E. Walcott, DDS, MS of Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI. An expert in placing dental crowns and dental bridges, Dr. Walcott can restore your smile to its best state and have you feeling confident and comfortable.

Dental Crowns

If damage is your dental concern, crowns might be a good option for you. Here at our office in Ann Arbor, MI, our dentists can apply a permanent cap to your cracked, chipped, misshapen, or decayed tooth so that it looks good as new and is fully functional. Crowns are made of resin, metal, or ceramic material, making them durable and natural-looking.

Also suitable for teeth that have cavities too large to be filled, crowns are applied after your dentist properly resurfaces your tooth. During treatment, we will make an impression of your tooth and commission a crown to be created. Once the crown is finished, you will return to our office to have it affixed to your natural tooth with a permanent adhesive. If needed, your dentist will adjust the shape and positioning so you can chew, talk, and bite with ease.

Dental Bridges

If you have a tooth that is completely missing, you may find a bridge to be your best choice for reconstruction. Your dentist can use a bridge to fill the gap so that you not only look great, but it can also eat comfortably. A bridge uses an artificial tooth, colored and shaped to blend in with your natural teeth, that is supported by the teeth to its left and right. Your dentist will make sure that it is held securely in place, ensuring that the bridge is fully functional and undetectable.

Interested? Give Us a Call

Whether you need bridges, crowns, or another restorative dental procedure, Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, is ready to serve you. Call (734) 994-3700 today for your appointment.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
September 25, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign   clear correct  

Invisalign, or Clear Correct, clear aligners from your Ann Arbor dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, discreetly deliver well-aligned smiles. Using innovative Smart Track acrylic, these customized aligner pairs re-position crooked, gapped teeth, in order to give adults healthy smiles that they will love.

Who wants a crooked smile?

The answer is no one. After all, poor smile aesthetics not only impact your self-confidence, but your oral and systemic health, as well.

Still, some people dislike the idea of wearing traditional metal braces. Fortunately, there is an alternative...

The answer is clear

For millions of adults in the US and across the world, the best choice is Invisalign. Made of amazingly thin Smart Track plastic, these aligners move teeth accurately, quickly, and discreetly according to your specific treatment plan.

As an Invisalign patient in Ann Arbor, you'll undergo a total dental examination and a special three-dimensional scan. If Dr. Wolcott sees that Invisalign can work for you, he'll send information to the Invisalign lab. After that, you will receive custom-made aligner pairs—18 to 30 in all—each worn for about two weeks.

While you progress through your treatment sequence, you will continually see your smile change for the better. In the end, you'll wear a Vivera retainer to keep your teeth in perfect alignment.

Other benefits of Invisalign

  • Versatility: Invisalign appliances correct numerous orthodontic issues such as protruding front teeth, gaps, crowding, overbite, underbite, and more.
  • Removability: Take them out for meals, brushing, flossing, and special events.
  • Comfort: Smooth and super-thin, Invisalign aligners don't irritate your lips and gums.
  • Easy care: To clean your aligners, simply remove and brush them with a mild toothpaste and clear water.
  • Simple check-ups: See Dr. Walcott every four-to-six weeks so that he can check your progress and deliver the next pairs of aligners in your treatment plan.

It's so true

Keep your smile healthy and looking great with Invisalign aligners from Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott. Phone the Ann Arbor office team today to schedule an appointment: (734) 994-3700.