Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
February 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental BondingLittle things mean a lot, including how smiles function and look. If you dislike the appearance of your teeth because of flaws like chips, cracks, gaps, and ragged length, you should take the time to explore an effective cosmetic treatment. Called composite resin bonding, or dental bonding, this one-visit process can transform your teeth into spectacular form! Performed by your dentist in Carbondale, IL, Dr. Mazhar Butt, bonding could be your gateway to a rejuvenated smile.


The background on dental bonding

Dental bonding is a one-visit cosmetic service which uses a unique polymer to resurface and repair teeth marred by unsightly cosmetic defects. Say, for instance, you have a chip on your front tooth. The tooth is healthy, but you feel embarrassed by that chip when you smile.

Here's how bonding can help. Composite resin is a polymer composed of natural-looking glass particles and durable and flexible acrylic. Your Carbondale, IL, dentist applies it in layers, shapes it for a realistic cosmetic result. and hardens the material with a UV light. This resin is also used to repair cavities because the material bonds directly to the tooth, requires less enamel reduction than amalgam fillings, and seamlessly matches natural tooth structure.

You can have that bothersome chip repaired in just one short appointment. Dr. Butt surface-prepares the tooth with sandpaper and a mild etching chemical to ensure a solid bond. Then, he adds and shapes the resin, hardening each layer. A final buffing completes the repair, and you're ready to go with no discomfort and no downtime whatsoever.


The advantages of bonding

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry praises composite resin bonding for its many patient benefits, including:

  • Budget-friendly cost
  • Versatility, for it remakes a variety of flaws and restores decay
  • Durability and flexibility, as it withstands normal oral functions
  • Transitional properties, meaning resin can be used to remake a tooth while a patient waits for a crown or veneer
  • Complementing or completing more extensive cosmetic and restorative treatments as part of a total smile makeover
  • Realistic color and texture


Just like it never happened
You can say goodbye to your minor smile imperfections by contacting the friendly team at Dr. Mazhar Butt's office. Call (618) 457-2123 today to arrange your cosmetic dentistry consultation—we know you'll be pleased with his expert and kindly care and the results composite resin bonding produces!

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
January 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Have you ever felt self-conscious about your smile? Do you hesitate to smile wide when you’re taking pictures? If so, these are clear signsveneers that you’re not 100% happy with your smile, and you should be. The more confident you are in your smile, the more confident you’ll feel as you navigate your days. Dr. Mazhar Butt can help you feel better about your smile with the help of porcelain veneers, a cosmetic treatment offered at his Carbondale, IL dentist office.

The Beauty of Porcelain Veneers
If you’ve ever seen a celebrity flash a picture-perfect smile, then you understand the beauty of porcelain veneers. It’s not common for someone to be born with perfectly aligned and shaped teeth, so veneers are the next best thing. Veneers hide just about any smile problem that you may have, including gaps, yellow teeth, slight crowding, and alignment issues. They are light, translucent but are tough and stain-resistant.

Are Veneers the Answer?
To get veneers, your teeth have to be strong and healthy, with plenty of bone tissue supporting each tooth. You do not want to place a veneer over a diseased tooth that could come loose one day—you want your natural teeth to be strong, long-lasting anchors for veneers. If there is a dental problem, your Carbondale, IL dentist will treat that before installing your veneers.

Your Veneer Appointment
At your first appointment to get veneers, the dentist will take off the small amount of enamel required for this cosmetic treatment. Unlike crowns, veneers only take up a thin layer of space on the front surface of each tooth. Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth so that a technician can create your custom veneers, which takes a few weeks. At the final appointment, bonding material will be chosen to perfectly fit your smile and completely conceal any imperfections. When the bonding, polished, and shaping is complete, your dentist will show you your new smile. 

Don’t Hesitate to Call for a Veneer Consultation
If you’re embarrassed by how your smile looks, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Mazhar Butt to ask about veneers. Call (618) 457-2123 today to schedule a time to visit his dentist office in Carbondale, IL.

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
September 16, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
July 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
March 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”