This can be 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, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns. A comprehensive exam is needed to find out which of these procedures will give you the results you are desiring.
WHITENING - INCLUDING Laser
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses two different techniques , or a combination.Take-home whitening trays or ahigh intensity laser that activates a high intensity bleach are the two most common methods.. The laser method is equal to approximately 3 weeks of take-home tray results.We have found that our best results are achieved when a combination is used.With any bleaching method , maintenance bleaching with trays is important for long term success..Bleaching results vary from person to person.
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 3 hours, or overnight. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use or longer if the stains are deeper. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every fewl months depending on the individuals stain producing habits.
The end results, whether using trays at home or doing laser is the same. The cost of the tray method is about half compared to laser and there is usually less post-treatment sensitivity because the bleach is applied to the teeth in a more gradual manner.
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. With this method the likelihood of staining and chipping is greater.
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 or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are not recommended for teeth that have large fillings, little tooth structure or individuals that grind or clench their teeth.ALL PORCELAIN CROWNS The advancements in this area have been amazing.We are able to offer the most natural looking crown while not compromising durability and strength.You will never have the dark lines that you might notice on some older crowns that have been made with a dark metal alloy under the porcelain.