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 2 visit procedure. During the first visit the dentist removes a small amount of the enamel & takes an impression, which is sent to our highly qualified technicians who design the Custom Veneers. It usually takes 7-10 days for the Veneers to be back. During this period the patient wears temporary Veneers that are custom crafted by the dentist.
Our office also specializes in the Revolutionary No shots, No drills and Painless Lumineers. Call our office to find out if you are a candidate for this revolutionary procedure for enhancing your smile.
Lumineers (trademark)are porcelain veneers made with patented Cerinate (trademark)porcelain technology. They are the painless alternative to traditional veneers and crowns. They can permanently change the color of your teeth and align them in two dental visits. Lumineers are the permanent cosmetic solution for stained ,chipped , discolored and maligned teeth .In most cases the procedure can be done with no shots and little or no preparation of the tooth . They can be fabricated to be contact lens thin. This protects and prevents the unnecessary removal of sensitive tooth structure. Lumineers can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them.
On your first consultation appointment for lumineers your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth and examine your teeth for possible cavites and gum disease. A routine cleaning is recommended prior to lumineer placement and every 6 months thereafter. Optimal gingival health is vital for any restorative success. Your dentist may also recommend whitening your teeth prior to lumineer placement so that your other teeth can blend with the lumineers.
On your second appointment photographs are taken to communicate with the cerinate lab to get the best cosmetic outcome. The photographs also help you to see the dramatic change in your smile once the lumineers are placed. Then an impression or mold of your teeth is taken and along with the photographs sent to the Cerinate lab for the fabrication of the revolutionary Lumineers. It usually takes 10 working days for the Lumineers to be fabricated.
On your final appointment your dentist bonds the Lumineers with a special bond onto your teeth. This appointment probably takes 30 minutes and is the longest appointment in the whole procedure.
In just 2-3 visits to your LUMINEERS dentist, you can have a custom-made smile that is clinically proven to last over 20 years - and it is completely reversible since your natural tooth structure is still intact! Call our office to get your perfect smile today!
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 substance that is hardened with a blue light.
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 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.
As we age, our teeth lose the brilliant whiteness that implies good dental health and youth. The unsightly stains associated with tobacco, dark liquids, and other factors can leave us feeling less-than-confident about our smiles. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this dental problem: cosmetic tooth whitening. Our practice provides convenient, take-home tooth-whitening programs and in-office laser tooth whitening to our patients.
In-Office Tooth Whitening
In-Office Tooth whitening is an effective and quick way to dramatically whiten your teeth. Currently our practice offers Zoom! whitening. Considered one of the safest and most effective methods of tooth whitening, the Zoom! procedure takes approximately one hour. Zoom! whitening begins when your dentist applies a custom whitening gel containing ph-balanced hydrogen peroxide to the patient’s teeth. Next, a special light will be directed towards the teeth, activating the whitening gel. The light will remain directed at the teeth for approximately one hour. Following the procedure, the patient’s teeth will be dramatically whiter.
Take-home Tooth Whitening
These kits contain a customized tray that is made from custom molds of your teeth and whitening gel made of hydrogen peroxide. The patient usually wears the trays and gel for approximately thirty minutes two times per day until their teeth have reached the desired shade.
When using the at-home treatment, patient's teeth may feel a heightened, but temporary, sensitivity. The gums may also feel more sensitive or burn slightly. Not all people experience the quality of whiteness they had hoped for on their first treatment and they may require a "touch-up" treatment. Whitening treatments begin to fade in one to four years. It should be noted that tooth whitening treatments have no effect on the artificial materials used for bonds, veneers, or capped teeth.
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.