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By Hoffmaster Dental
November 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

You don't have to choose between a smile that is beautiful and one that is healthy. A cosmetic dentist bridges the gap between preventive care and a smile you're proud to show off. To find out how it can help your specific case contact Dr. Robert Hoffmaster of Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA.


Perhaps what's most commonly associated with cosmetic dentistry is professional tooth whitening. Your dentist will achieve better faster results in an office visit than you can with over the counter products.

Chips, Cracks, and Cavities

Your cosmetic dentist may employ a composite resin bonding to sculpt your teeth back to their natural look. This is also useful in fillings for the same reason, avoiding that traditional silver appearance.

Deeper cavities can also be repaired through the use of inlays and onlays, a treatment for restoring the tooth with lab-made materials. They fill in the gap between regular fillings and complete crowns.

Full Smile Makeovers

Full smile makeovers can be achieved with cosmetic dentistry through the use of veneers. These bonded onto your teeth in a similar way to crowns, but these are thinner caps that don't require as much of your tooth to be reshaped.

But the result is a complete smile makeover. Perfect if you have a smile with a few imperfections.

Tooth Replacement

Dental implants can replace an entire tooth, or a full denture, in a very permanent way. By fusing titanium posts onto the bone of your jaw, your dentist can attach a crown that will act and look, and feel, just like your natural teeth.

Your cosmetic dentist can help you with all those smile imperfections through a variety of treatments. Call today to find out which is best for you. Contact Dr. Hoffmaster of Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, by dialing (717) 846-9428.

By Hoffmaster Dental
November 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantFind out what makes someone ideal for this lifelong tooth replacement.

While many healthy adults who are looking to replace one or more missing teeth can be great candidates for dental implants, this treatment isn’t right for everyone. Our York, PA, restorative dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster wants you to be informed about the dental procedures you are interested in getting so that you can determine whether it’s truly the best solution for you. Here’s what goes into getting dental implants and what makes someone a great candidate.

You’ll be happy to hear that most adults who are looking to replace one, several or all of their teeth could be good candidates for dental implants. A good candidate will maintain good oral hygiene. This means that when our York, PA, general dentist examines your mouth we will see healthy pink gums that don’t have active gum disease and healthy, cavity-free teeth. If we find any issues these problems will need to be treated before we can begin the implant process.

Of course, the strength and health of your jawbone also matters greatly. We will run x-rays to check the extent of your bone loss. If the jawbone isn’t dense enough to support a dental implant this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get dental implants. What your doctor can do is perform a simple bone graft to rebuild and strengthen the jawbone. After bone grafting, the jawbone should be strong enough to support a dental implant.

There are other factors to consider as well. If you have any uncontrolled or untreated health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease these are issues you will also need to properly address with a doctor before getting dental implants. After all, the implant process requires surgery and extensive recovery time. If you aren’t completely healthy this can impede the healing process.

Furthermore, smokers are not ideal candidates for implants. It’s highly advised that you quit smoking before getting implants. This is because smokers are significantly more likely to deal with implant failure than someone who doesn’t smoke. Also, smoking slows down your body’s natural healing response, which means that recovering from implant surgery may take far longer than someone who isn’t a smoker.

Here at Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, we are dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. No matter whether you need to schedule a routine cleaning or you are interested in getting dental implants, call our office today to schedule an appointment with us.

Cosmetic and Contouring SmileSay goodbye to little chips, cracks and discolorations in your smile.

When people think about cosmetic dentistry they often think about dental veneers, implants, and even crowns, but did you know that there are fast, easy, and inexpensive options that can help fix more minor dental flaws in just a single dental visit? If you didn’t know about this, it’s time you did. Our York, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster is here to tell you how dental bonding and cosmetic contouring could enhance your smile.

While dental bonding and cosmetic contouring may not be a cosmetic dental treatment with which you are familiar, it could just end up being the fast, easy and inexpensive option you’ve been looking for. Cosmetic contouring is where our York, PA, general dentist shaves off small amounts of enamel to help reshape and alter the size or appearance of a tooth. Since very little enamel is removed it is completely painless and non-invasive and can be great for buffing away pits, chips, worn edges, and other minor issues.

Dental bonding is another non-invasive cosmetic technique that is often combined with cosmetic contouring to improve the look of a tooth. Bonding uses a tooth-colored resin that is applied and shaped over small imperfections in a tooth to hide them and to enhance the size, shape, or color of a tooth. Bonding is a great way to hide small chips and cracks, discolorations, pits and grooves, and even small gaps between teeth. Teeth that might look smaller than the rest may also be able to be shaped by bonding so your smile looks more symmetrical.

People love cosmetic contouring and bonding because it’s fast and painless, plus it can usually be performed in just one visit.

Do you want to know more about these simple cosmetic treatments? Ready to find out how we can improve your smile? If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with the experts at Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA.

By Hoffmaster Dental
February 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Why does your smile look darker now than it did ten years ago? Your enamel actually absorbs organic matter, changing your tooth color teeth whiteningand how you feel about your smile. Would you like to brighten it safely, quickly and dramatically? Then, come to Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, for a professional teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Robert Hoffmaster. As his name implies, he's a master at enhancing smile appearance and can help you achieve a great look.

No two smiles are alike

Nor should they be. We are, after all, individuals with smiles that express our unique personalities. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that people notice your smile before they see your hair color, height, or other physical attributes. That's how important your teeth are to your self-image and confidence.

Unfortunately, your teeth actually trap staining material from:

  • Cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco
  • Dark beverages such as sports drinks, coffee, tea, and colas
  • Dark foods such as soy sauce and curry
  • Accumulated plaque and tartar from neglected oral hygiene
  • Some prescription medications such as antihistamines and antihypertensives

Additionally, your teeth naturally yellow and become dull with age. However, with professional teeth whitening in York you may lift that dark look right out of your smile.

Who can get their teeth whitened?

Teens and adults who have healthy gums, no decay and limited restorations likely are candidates. When you visit Hoffmaster Dental, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and take some X-rays to be sure all is well. Then, you can choose either in-office or at-home whitening.

How it works

Both methods use concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel. In the office, your dentist protects your gums and lips with a rubber dam and then swabs on the gel. It penetrates your tooth enamel as you relax in the dental chair. When it's rinsed off, teeth are brighter by eight shades of color in just about an hour.

With at-home whitening, you elect to wear custom-made acrylic trays which fit snugly over your teeth. You fill them with the peroxide gel and wear them daily as Dr. Hoffmaster directs. The results are the same as in-office whitening: you're able to say goodbye to those stubborn dental stains.

To keep a whitened smile bright, stop tobacco in all forms, limit dark foods and drinks and brush and floss thoroughly every day. Also, visit Hoffmaster Dental semi-annually for check-ups, cleanings and occasional whitening touch-ups as needed.

Why wait?

You can have a great, bright smile soon! Call Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, for your whitening consultation: (717) 846-9428.

By Hoffmaster Dental
December 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Are you wondering what exactly dental veneers can do for the appearance of your smile?veneers

It’s almost the start of the New Year and, as you probably already know, most people start considering their New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps this year you’ve decided it’s time to improve the look of your smile. If you’ve dreamed of having a smile that rivals that of Hollywood stars, then our York, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster is here to tell you how veneers could help.

As you might be able to tell, these thin porcelain restorations are designed to look just like natural tooth enamel and when they are adhered to the front surface of one or more teeth they can greatly alter the shape, length, texture and even color of your smile.

You name the cosmetic flaw and chances are good that dental veneers can hide them. From stains and chips to gaps between teeth and minor crowding, there are so many dental issues of differing severities that dental veneers can improve.

Want a whiter smile but have deep stains that don’t seem to respond to professional teeth whitening? Do your front teeth overlap one another? Are there unsightly pits in the enamel of your teeth? If so, you’ve come to the right place because our York, PA, cosmetic dentist can easily mask all of these issues and more with this simple porcelain restoration.

How do I get veneers?

The first thing you will have to do is undergo a thorough examination. During your exam, we will also run X-rays to make sure that your teeth are strong enough and that there is enough healthy enamel to support veneers. If your oral health is great then chances are good that you’ll be a great candidate for veneers.

The next step is to prep your teeth and take impressions of them. Tooth preparation is minimal with this treatment, which is just one of the many reasons so many people turn to veneers. Instead of reshaping or removing a lot of enamel from your teeth we only have to remove trace amounts to make room for your veneers. The process is painless.

Impressions will also be taken so that we can create restorations that offer an exact fit over your teeth. Once your veneers have been created, you’ll come in one last time so that we can bond them to your teeth.

This is your year to finally have the smile you’ve always wanted. Let’s find out if dental veneers are right for you. Call Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, today to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We want to give you a smile you’ll be happy with for years to come.