Cosmetic Dentistry Intro

Cosmetic Dentistry, by Dr. Dirk Thompson, Calgary Dentist - Show Off Your Smile!

We know it's important for you to look and feel your very best. We also know that a sensational smile can help you to smile more confidently and enhance the overall function and appearance of your smile.

With cosmetic dentistry, we can help you achieve that radiant and confident smile you've always wanted.

Cosmetic dentistry can address such issues as crooked or discoloured teeth, chips or gaps in your teeth, overgrown gums and even bite issues.

Even if you have only a single tooth or a few teeth that you feel could be improved, they can affect the harmony of your entire smile. Calgary Dentist Dr. Dirk Thompson can examine any concerns you may have and make recommendations for improvement so you can enjoy the difference in the look, feel and function of your teeth and smile.

For your convenience, our cosmetic dentistry services include:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Crowns
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Bridges
  • Gingival Contouring
  • Dentures

If you're ready to smile more comfortably, confidently, and beautifully, call Dr. Thompson at 403.283.4252 for more information or to schedule your personal consultation.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

With today's dentistry, there is no reason to have to live with teeth that are poorly shaped, chipped, crooked, mispositioned or discoloured. Porcelain veneers can be placed over a single tooth or over your entire smile. Veneers can be used to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth, close gaps in between your teeth or to fix other aesthetic issues.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material which are bonded to the front of your teeth after your teeth have been adequately prepared to create a cosmetic improvement. Some of the greatest advantages of placing porcelain veneers over other types of dental procedures are:

  • porcelain veneers can create a very natural and attractive appearance
  • porcelain veneers resist staining
  • the colour of the porcelain veneers can be selected to match the shade of brightness you desire
  • the entire procedure can generally be accomplished in 2 to 3 visits

 As with all dental procedures, there are risks and benefits with the placement of veneers and patients should be aware that their placement may involve irreversible modification to the tooth structure.  At your appointment, Dr. Thompson will discuss all of these risks and benefits and answer any questions you may have.

If you're interested in finding out what porcelain veneers can do for your smile, call us for your personal consultation appointment today.


Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are the best and strongest solution for restoring teeth which have been damaged by decay or a failing restoration. Made of ceramic porcelain, a crown will be colour matched by your dentist to your natural teeth for an aesthetically pleasing blend.

The crown will cover your entire tooth to restore both the natural beauty and function of your tooth.

A crown generally requires two office visits. At the first visit, the defective tooth is prepared for the crown by reducing the tooth structure so the crown can be placed over top of it and an impression is taken from which the crown is then fabricated. At this visit, you will be fitted with a temporary crown which covers the prepared tooth. At the second visit, the permanent crown is cemented onto the prepared tooth, which completes the repair. 

Smile Design

Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

From natural, beautiful cosmetic restorations to preventing decay and maintaining a healthy smile, Dr. Thompson, a general dentist, is committed to addressing each patient’s individual restorative needs and cosmetic desires.

Whether it be veneers, crowns, bridges, teeth whitening, dental implants, or a combination of these treatments, cosmetic and restorative dentistry combines both the science and art of dentistry and addresses the unique aspects of each patient's smile.  Cosmetic treatments can:

  • replace missing teeth
  • repair chipped or broken teeth
  • whiten stained or discoloured teeth
  • recontour "gummy" smiles
  • close gaps between teeth
  • straighten crooked or overcrowded teeth
  • replace old dental treatments

What is the process for cosmetic restorations?

Whether it be one or many cosmetic restorations, Dr. Thompson will consider many factors to ensure your dental treatment meets your expectations and to also ensure that you are fully apprised of both the risks and benefits of the treatment, as well as the process of cosmetically restoring your teeth.

We will begin by discussing the shape, style and colour that you wish your new teeth to have. In making this selection, Dr. Thompson will assist you by considering the shape of your face, your age, your skin, your gender and the overall "look" you desire. Even the curvature of your lips and the contour of your gumline will be considered. Dr. Thompson will then formulate a treatment plan. With the right dental components and a conservative treatment approach, Dr. Thompson can help you achieve natural-looking results which enhance the appearance of your smile. The overall length of the treatment plan depends upon the extent of the work to be done. A treatment schedule that is convenient and comfortable for you and your lifestyle will then be arranged.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Whiter, brighter teeth can not only change the look of your smile but also your entire face.  Teeth whitening is a relatively simple procedure which can be done for a one-time event or become part of your overall oral health routine.

Achieving that whiter, brighter smile you have always wanted may be easier than you think!

As people age, it is not uncommon for their teeth to become dull and yellow.  This can be simply due to age, or to smoking or the food people eat and drink.  Drinking coffee, tea, wine and colas, for instance, can stain your teeth.  Fortunately, this does not have to be permanent.  Some of today’s whitening options include:

  • professional strength overnight whitening with custom fitted whitening trays
  • whitening strips, and
  • professional strength daytime whitening, also with custom fitted whitening trays.

Another option is our in-office ZOOM Professional Whitening System. With this in-office system, whitening trays are used that are specifically adjusted to your mouth for a more uniform result. Although individual results vary, in-office whitening generally offers you more predictable results in about two hours and often whitens teeth by one or two shades. Which option you choose may depend upon your teeth sensitivity, schedule, and desire for faster results.

If you're ready to whiten and brighten your smile, call us today to reserve an appointment!

Gingival Contouring

Gingival Contouring: Smile Aesthetics Is More Than Just Your Teeth

The soft tissue (gums) acts as a framework for a beautiful smile. If your gums are unsymmetrical, misshapen, too bulky, or cover too much of your teeth, they could detract from your smile.

Gingival contouring (also known as gum reshaping) is a cosmetic procedure that is used to address patients' concerns about the shape or appearance of their gums. This procedure is used to cut away excessive or uneven gum tissue that is giving the appearance of a "gummy" smile. Gingival contouring can be done with either a scalpel or a laser, depending upon the condition of the gums and the aesthetic result desired by the patient.  Generally, after gingival contouring, most patients experience only mild discomfort which can be managed by an over-the-counter pain medication.  Most patients can also return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.

 If you would like more information from our Calgary dentist about gingival contouring or any other of our cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, crowns, veneers, bridges, teeth extractions, emergency dentistry or dental implants, call our NW Calgary office in Kensington (Sunnyside/Hillhurst) for your personal consultation today.

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