Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic Dentistry is anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing, as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.

We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, re-contouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns and braces. 

Veneers

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the 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. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain and are very esthetic.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed.  Veneers are not recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure, those teeth would need full coverage crowns.  Protecting the teeth while still providing a beautiful esthetic result.  

Whitening

This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses several methods:  professional custom tray whitening and professional strength disposable trays.  Trays with gel are recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance.

The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 20 mins per day.  The entire process takes 2 weeks of daily use.   The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining.   For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.

We proudly feature Opalescence go as our disposable system.  It's a simple and fast way to start a whitening treatment with no impressions or custom trays.  Ask about our Opalescence go special today!  

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