Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Abington Dental Arts, PC
April 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry is all about rejuvenating your smile. Drs. Jeffrey Bell, Dale Collins, and Amy Cravath offer patients in Clarks Summit, PA, several procedures and services to brighten their smiles and improve their self-esteem. Abington Dental Arts provides services such as teeth whitening, dental veneers, bonding, and dental implants.

More About Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry repairs a multitude of issues people have to deal with:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Treat injury
  • Severe stains
  • Small gaps

Regardless of the reason, cosmetic dentistry helps you look younger and healthier.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  • Teeth whitening: This is probably one of the easiest and fastest ways to improve your smile. Your Clarks Summit dentist only needs an hour of your time for an in-office procedure that makes your teeth several shades lighter. A take-home whitening kit is also a great way if you have a hectic work schedule or can't find a babysitter. You get a custom teeth-whitening kit from your dentist and can repeat instructions until you get the results you want.
  • Dental veneers: These wafer-thin prosthetics are a cost-effective solution for severely stained teeth. Veneers are great at also hiding chipped, or misshaped teeth, as well as oddly-shaped teeth and small gaps. Larger gaps require seeing an orthodontist for braces.
  • Bonding: Dental bonding repairs teeth. Your dentist applies a tooth-colored composite resin to teeth to repair the damage.
  • Dental implants: This is probably one of the best dental restorations you can get. It's a cosmetic and functional solution rejuvenating your smile and your ability to speak and eat. Implants have a 95% success rate and protect your jawbone from sinking, which causes premature facial aging.

Need more information?

With cosmetic dentistry, patients can get a brighter, straighter smile! Take steps toward improving your smile with Abington Dental Arts. Give Drs. Jeffrey Bell, Dale Collins, or Amy Cravath a call at their Clarks Summit, PA, office by calling (570) 586-1411 today!


Dorit Kemsley isn't shy. Best known to fans as an outspoken and sometimes outrageous cast member of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kemsley is never reticent about “mixing it up” with fellow castmates or their significant others. Recently, though, she confessed to something that left her less than confident: her smile.

Kemsley has been self-conscious about her smile because her teeth looked noticeably short, worn down from an unconscious habit of grinding her teeth. Although teeth grinding is more common among children (who normally grow out of it by adolescence), it can persist into adulthood, usually from difficulties managing high stress (a likely component in the fashion designer/reality show star's busy life).

Stress-induced teeth grinding can occur during waking hours or, more likely, during deep sleep. The accumulating, long-term effects from the habit can lead not only to worn teeth but to weakened gum support, a high risk of tooth fracture or jaw pain and dysfunction.

So, how do you know if you grind your teeth, especially if it's only happening at night? Typical signs include sore jaws after awaking from sleep, increased tooth pain or sensitivity or, like Kemsley, a noticeable difference in your tooth length. Your family or sleeping partner may also complain about the “skin-crawling” noise you make during the night.

There are ways to lessen the effects of teeth grinding. The first step is to have us verify the underlying cause for the habit. If it's tension from stress, then you might reduce the habit's occurrences by learning better stress management or relaxation techniques through individual counseling, group support or biofeedback therapy. We can also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night or through the day that reduces the force generated during teeth grinding.

And if you've already experienced accelerated tooth wear like Kemsley with a resultant “small teeth” smile, you might pursue the same solution as the RHOBH star: dental veneers. These thin, life-like wafers of porcelain are custom-made to mask imperfections like chips, staining, slight tooth gaps and, yes, worn teeth.

Veneers are often less expensive and invasive than other cosmetic techniques, yet they can have a transformative effect, as Kemsley's Instagram followers have seen. In conjunction with other dental treatments needed to repair any underlying damage caused by a grinding habit, veneers are an effective fix for the smile you present to the world.

If you suspect you may have a grinding habit, see us for a complete examination. From there, we'll help you protect your teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding habits and their effects, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding.”

By Abington Dental Arts, PC
September 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Do you wonder if cosmetic dentistry is right for you? It is if you wish to improve how your appearance and how your smile makes you feel. At Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA, our wonderful team will deliver a smile you really love. Dr. Dale Collins, Dr. Amy Cravath, and Dr. Jeffrey Bell offer choices that make sense for you and your personal goals.

No small personal asset

In fact, research cited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says your smile is the first thing other people notice when they meet you. And if it looks chipped, worn or dark, you'll project a different image than if your smile is bright and faultless.

As such, the specialty of cosmetic dentistry has developed and grown in popularity over the past 30 years. At Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA, Dr. Collins, Dr. Cravath and Dr. Bell have responded to their patients' desire for teeth and gums which express who they really are. They offer many cosmetic dentistry services, tailoring them to what works best for each individual.

So, if you wonder if cosmetic dentistry is right for you, come see us. We'll examine your teeth and gums and review the characteristics you wish to improve. Both you and your dentist will consider tooth shape, size and alignment, small flaws, tooth color and more. Together, you will arrive at a plan which delivers excellent results!

Our offered services

Here are some of the cosmetic dentistry services at Abington Dental Arts:

  • Professional teeth whitening, our most economical and impressive treatment. Offered as an in-office or at-home treatment, whitening removes deeply embedded organic stains from foods, beverages, smoking and more. Your teeth will be up to eight shades brighter.
  • Porcelain veneers, or dental laminates. These shells of thin, high-quality ceramic disguise the front of teeth flawed by chips, gaps, twists, cracks, stains and more. Permanent and durable, veneers are stain- and chip-resistant.
  • Composite resin bonding, a one-visit treatment that adds a realistic repair compound to small defects, such as narrow gaps, cracks, pits and weak size and shape.
  • Dental implants, the perfect combination of restorative and cosmetic benefits. Dental implants replace missing teeth from the roots on up, improve bone structure and give patients the complete, functional and comfortable smiles they deserve.

Contact us to learn more

At Abington Dental Arts, Dr. Bell, Dr. Collins and Dr. Cravath help patients in the Clarks Summit, PA, look better and really enjoy smiling. Call us today to arrange a personalized cosmetic dentistry consultation: (570) 586-1411.


Like thousands of other June brides and grooms, your big lifetime moment has finally arrived: your wedding day! It's been a flurry of activity over the last few months to prepare for it, especially with efforts to look your absolute best. And you remembered everything—including your smile, right?

If you did, kudos to you. Your smile is an important part of your unique personality and thus merits its own special attention. If, however, in all the hustle and bustle you weren't able to give it the attention it deserves before the wedding, don't fret. When it comes to your smile, it's never too late to make it the best it can be.

Depending on your dental situation, here are four ways to achieve a more confident and attractive smile.

Teeth Whitening. Yellowed and dull teeth can dim the beauty of your smile. While daily brushing and flossing helps, you can further improve your teeth's brightness with professional teeth whitening. Our bleaching techniques can give you the shade you desire, from naturally subdued to Hollywood dazzling. And with proper maintenance and touch-ups, your brighter smile could last for years.

Veneers. Dental imperfections like chips, heavy staining or slight tooth gaps can detract from an otherwise perfect smile. We can mask those imperfections with veneers, thin layers of porcelain custom-created to match your teeth. Although less expensive and less invasive than some other cosmetic procedures, veneers can have a transformative impact on your appearance.

Restorations. Sometimes a smile may suffer from severely distressed or missing teeth. Depending on what you need, we can restore your teeth—and your smile—with crowns, bridges or dental implants. The third option is the closest we can come to a real tooth, replacing both a missing tooth's crown and root. With an implant, you can have a new tooth that looks and functions like the real thing.

Orthodontics. Properly aligned teeth make for a beautiful smile. If yours aren't as straight as you'd like them to be, consider orthodontics, the original “smile makeover.” Moving teeth where they ought to be improves dental health and function, and can dramatically improve the appearance of a smile. Even if you're well past your teen years, you haven't missed out: As long as you're reasonably healthy, you can gain a straighter smile at any age. However, this improvement needs more time and planning—so don't wait if that's what you want to do!

If you still have time before the wedding, a dental cleaning and polish can do wonders for your smile (and your dental health too). But even if you aren't able to fit in an appointment before the big day, you can still pursue a cleaning or cosmetic procedure after the honeymoon. Any time is the right time to change your smile for the better.

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 articles “Cosmetic Dentistry” and “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By Abington Dental Arts, PC
June 03, 2019
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.”

Contact Us

Abington Dental Arts, PC

(570) 586-1411
242 Noble Rd. Clarks Summit, PA 18411