4/30/2020

Dear Patients:

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

· We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

What Are My Instant Smile Makeover Options?

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on April 03, 2020


Young smiling female patients looks over her right shoulder as she sits on dentist chairDo cosmetic issues like chipped and stained teeth leave you embarrassed to smile? Dr. Stephen Dowell can perform multiple smile makeover treatments (often during one visit) to brighten your smile.

Many of our Minerva, OH, patients have benefited from a smile makeover. A beautiful smile can leave you looking younger, healthier, and more attractive. Our office, which also serves Carrollton, OH, and Dover, OH, combines cutting-edge technology and several decades of combined experience to bring you the best possible care and cosmetic results. Here, you can learn more about your instant smile makeover options.

What Are My Smile Makeover Options?

Our Minerva dental practice offers cosmetic treatments that can address a wide range of aesthetic issues. Depending on your personal goals and cosmetic needs, our office can offer:

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin, curved shells that cover the front of teeth. The attachments can address teeth that are:

  • Misshaped
  • Small
  • Discolored
  • Chipped
  • Worn
  • Crooked
  • Gapped

If you are considering orthodontic treatments, veneers may be a quicker alternative treatment option. Veneers are sometimes called “instant orthodontics” because the shells can correct misaligned and crowded teeth. Veneers cannot address underbite or overbite issues.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatments can life extrinsic stains using a concentrated hydrogen or carbamide peroxide solution. Our in-office treatments use Zoom! Whitening, which can whiten teeth by several shades. Some patients prefer the option of undergoing whitening treatments in the comfort of their homes.

Gum Contouring

Excess gum tissue can leave teeth looking small and misshapen. Gum contouring safely removes excess gum tissue to reveal larger, more attractive teeth.

Dental Crowns

Many people associate dental crowns with restorative treatments. Dental crowns are commonly placed after root canal therapy and other procedures, but the ceramic caps can also reshape teeth for cosmetic purposes. If you have a tooth that is severely discolored, crooked, chipped, or misshaped, one of our doctors can have you fitted with a natural-looking cap that restores your smile.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding uses composite resin to address cosmetic issues. Bonding can address minor chips, gaps, and patches of discoloration, among other issues. Bonding is fairly affordable, and the treatments can often be completed in under half an hour. One downside to this procedure is that dental bonding typically lasts a few years to several years at most.

Other Treatment Options

Invisalign® treatments also offer dramatic cosmetic results, but the treatment can take several months or a few years to complete. If you are undergoing Invisalign treatments, you may wish to consider having your smile makeover or teeth whitening treatment performed at the end of your Invisalign treatment.

During your exam and consultation in Minerva, Dr. Dowell may find that you require restorative treatments. Our office offers dental implants and a wide range of tooth loss solutions.

Schedule Your Invisalign Treatment Today

A smile makeover can deliver life-changing results. No matter what your cosmetic issues are, Dr. Dowell can customize a cosmetic treatment plan that addresses all of your needs and personal goals.

Dr. Dowell has provided exceptional results in a spa-like environment for over 25 years. To schedule your cosmetic consultation, please contact our office online or call (330) 868-5001.

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