In a study completed by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, researchers found that 9 out of 10 patients agree that an attractive smile is an important asset. They also found that 75% of Americans agree that an unattractive smile can hurt an applicant’s chance for career success. Having a smile you love can increase your confidence and boost your self-image.
If you are unhappy with your smile, you may be surprised to know that modern cosmetic dentistry offers many solutions to common aesthetic problems. Our office provides the full spectrum of cosmetic dentistry to our patients. Whether you are seeking simple tooth whitening or to repair crooked or damaged teeth, we can help you to achieve a more attractive smile.
Porcelain Veneers are artistically designed custom thin porcelain layers that are bonded on to teeth to create straight, healthy-looking teeth without the use of orthodontics. It is usually a 3-visit procedure. During the first visit, impressions and photographs will be taken of your existing condition and a detailed assessment of your desires is documented. Working with our cosmetic laboratory, a trial version is created and OK’d by you before the teeth are touched. Once this “blueprint” of your teeth is accepted, your teeth are shaped, impressions are made, and temporary veneers are constructed to match the blueprint model. If no changes are required, the 3rd appointment takes place in approximately 2-3 weeks and consists of removing the temporaries and placing the permanent veneers. See some of our cases in the gallery.
Invisalign® is a revolutionary way to help you get even, straight teeth without noticeable, painful metal braces. Virtually undetectable, Invisalign® aligners are made of strong, clear plastic that gradually guides your teeth into perfect alignment. Unlike metal braces, they have no wires or brackets on which your lips or gums can snag. During your first evaluation, our dentists will help you determine if Invisalign® is a good option for you. We’ll then design a treatment plan and take tooth impressions, from which Invisalign® will develop accurate, personalized tooth-straightening devices, called aligners. Aligners slide directly over your teeth and are replaced every two weeks as your teeth shift into place. Depending on your case, you will wear them full time (except when eating or drinking) for approximately 8-24 months depending on your specific case and you will see us every 4-6 weeks to change your aligners.
Tooth-Colored Fillings (Composites)
In the past, cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings that are alloys for silver and mercury. These fillings, especially when close to the front of the mouth, are highly noticeable and unaesthetic. Sometimes, the filling is so large that it causes discoloration of the entire tooth. These fillings (or restorations) often weaken teeth due to the large amount of the original tooth that has to be removed. Also, there is a risk of mercury poisoning that is used in the filling. Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to tooth-colored or composite fillings as a strong, safe, and more natural-looking alternative. Composite fillings utilize a soft white plastic material that is hardened when exposed to our blue ultraviolet light. While these fillings are very esthetic we feel their most important feature is that they bond directly to the teeth and help hold them together lessening the need for more extensive dentistry such as crowns.
Replacing large fillings in back teeth often requires stronger, more precisely contoured restorations. These are called inlays or onlays depending on whether they are being placed inside the tooth or on its outer surface. These restorations need to be custom-made at an off-site dental lab; therefore, two visits may be required. Once the dental office receives the custom inlay or onlay, the patient returns to the dentist’s office, where the restorations are bonded into place.
Onlays protect teeth similarly to crowns but conserve a more natural tooth structure. Onlays should provide decades of service. Our Doctor has restored beauty and function to the teeth of thousands of patients through the placement of custom-crafted inlays and onlays.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Impressions (molds) are taken of your teeth and custom whitening trays are made to fit your mouth. Whitening gel is placed inside the trays and worn for approximately 14 consecutive days. Additional time may be needed for stubborn shades.
If you ever had the notion that dental crowns are conspicuous and unattractive, then you’ve never noticed a beautifully crafted all-porcelain crown.
Compared to older porcelain fused to metal crowns, all-porcelain crowns have a natural appearance in terms of color and contour. When done properly, crowns should be extremely difficult to distinguish from natural teeth. With all-porcelain crowns, no dark lines are apparent at the gum line.
Our office commonly replaces unsightly crowns with beautiful new porcelain crowns.
There are different kinds of Porcelain Crowns. Your Dentist will decide which is right for you depending on the color of your tooth.