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With today’s rapid advances in dental techniques and technologies, a variety of cosmetic services are becoming more affordable and readily available to you. It may be easier than you think to achieve that brilliant smile you’ve always wanted.
A cosmetic dental practice is a practice trained in many different specialties. We stay up to date on the best cosmetic dentistry available to deliver your best look. Our skilled team has in-depth training to provide you a variety of cosmetic options. Services include:
Teeth whitening is a popular procedure to make your teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive.
Bleaching can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Either way, teeth whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure for most patients. We will make the best recommendation for your needs.
Veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure in which a thin layer of porcelain or composite material is cemented or placed over the outside of your tooth.
Veneers are used to improve esthetics or help conceal tooth damage. Veneers are usually only performed on the front part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. Because of that, the direct technique is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers are fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment, the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. The veneers are back from the laboratory after two or three weeks. The temporaries are removed, and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory-fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that less of the tooth material has to be removed and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are not recommended for patients who have large fillings or little tooth structure. They are also typically recommended for the restoration of front teeth.
A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the real teeth on either side for support--hence the name.
Bridges are often a good choice for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. Bridges can be made out of gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all-ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on bridge's requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.
Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to replace missing teeth.
A crown, also called a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens the tooth, but it can also dramatically improve the tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.
Crowns may be used to…
- Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
A filling is a way to restore a decayed and/or broken tooth back to its normal shape and function.
If you have a tooth that requires a filling, we will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. This filling will help prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria might enter.
You have a choice of tooth filling materials. We will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, the location of the filling and the cost. Each of the filling materials is briefly explained below:
Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored fillings that create a more natural appearance. They can be used on either front or back teeth and provide good durability and resistance to fracture. These white fillings are less noticeable than amalgam (silver) fillings. Composite resin fillings usually last between 3 and 10 years. They may not be ideal for larger fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.
Amalgam (silver) fillings are a conservative choice and are also well-tolerated. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than composite restorations and are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas. Amalgam fillings generally last longer than composite restorations.
Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly-chipped, discolored or crooked teeth, often for cosmetic purposes.
The bonding process involves placing a white filling on your tooth to improve its appearance. The tooth-colored filling "bonds" with your teeth and closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth, depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.
Bonding is usually less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and often can be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and breaks more easily than other cosmetic treatments.
Invisalign® is an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces. It is a series of clear, custom-fit removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth to slowly straighten them.
The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but they are virtually invisible. Because Invisalign® trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
The Invisalign® system begins in the dentist or orthodontist’s office with taking molds to design a your trays. Patients switch trays every two weeks to gradually shift the teeth. The system requires a visit to the office every six weeks so that treatment can be monitored. Once treatment is complete, a patient will likely be given a retainer to maintain the smile.
The cost of Invisalign® varies according to the complexity of the case. Insurance policies generally cover Invisalign® to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.
A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease.
All-on-4 Implant Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are dentures that attached to implants in your jaw.
All-on-4 implant-supported denture is used when you no longer have teeth remaining in your mouth but have enough bone in your jaw to support implants. Implant supported dentures snap into place on top of implants but can be removed for cleaning.
All-on-4 implant-supported dentures provide a number of benefits and are a great improvement from traditional removable dentures. They do not require any adhesives or powders to help the dentures stick and are very secure and comfortable, significantly improving the ability to chew. Because they preserve bone in the jaw and restore lip-support, implant-supported dentures also help maintain facial structures and minimize wrinkles.
Sometimes the best way to achieve the most beautiful results is through a complete smile makeover plan customized for your needs.
Your esthetic needs will vary from tooth to tooth, and there are a variety of cosmetic procedures available to create your best smile. Your personal makeover can include more simple procedures like whitening or more complex procedures like veneers and implants—or maybe a combination of everything. The results are a brilliant smile tailored just to you.
Ask us about a smile makeover consultation. Together, we'll determine which services will be best for your smile.