Cosmetic dentistry offers you the opportunity to correct any parts of your smile you are unhappy with. We offer a wide variety of cosmetic procedures including whitening, crowns, bridges, dentures and implants. Let our dentists create the stunning smile you have always wanted!
Whitening your smile is a great way to improve your appearance and give you the confidence you need to conquer the day. Our office uses several methods: In-house same day bleaching, home tray whitening, and professional strength white strips.
IN-HOUSE SAME DAY BLEACHING
In-house bleaching is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure that is very safe and effective. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter making it the perfect choice for the busy individual. The in-house whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The dentist then applies the whitening gel. Teeth typically become several shades whiter, sometimes more depending on the original shade. Following the initial whitening, a fluoride treatment is applied. In next few days after the in-house treatment, most patients see additional whitening of the teeth. Take-home trays with whitening gel are recommended afterward for maximum results and maintenance. You will be amazed with your new smile!
HOME TRAY WHITENING
The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth. The process begins by having impressions of your teeth taken. The impressions are then sent to the laboratory for fabrication of custom vinyl whitening trays. A whitening gel, carbamide peroxide, is placed in these trays and the trays worn for about 3 hours per day, or overnight. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength, the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The home tray whitening method takes 3-4 weeks of daily use, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth, the trays should be used every several months. One benefit of using the tray method is that the tray method is about half the cost and has less post-treatment sensitivity. The end results whether using trays at home or having in-house bleaching is the same: A bright and radiant smile!
We can restore missing, decayed, or fractured teeth in a variety of ways. Even the most devastated mouth can be restored.
Crowns are used to fully cover a tooth that is weak, is too decayed to be fully restored with a filling, following a root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. A weakened tooth is at risk of breaking or cracking which is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, restoring strength and protects the tooth against the tremendous pressures from biting and chewing thus preventing further damage. Our offices can prepare and deliver a crown the same day using Cerec 3D CAD/CAM imaging.
Bridges fill the gap created by a missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. Traditionally, a bridge is created by placing a crown on each of the natural teeth on either side of the gap then a false tooth or teeth are anchored to these crowns. The bridge can also be anchored to implants. The materials used to create the false teeth may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic. The choice of material depends on the requirements for strength, wear, and/or aesthetics and options should be discussed with your dentist. Delaying replacement of a missing tooth can lead to long term complications such as bone loss, damage to adjacent teeth, gum disease, eating difficulties and TMJ. Bridges allow the force of chewing and biting to be distributed evenly while preventing dental complications that occur when a tooth is missing and restoring your smile. You will need to heal and dentures can take some getting used to. However, once accustomed to the dentures, normal functionality and your appearance is restored.
When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them, or let them fall out, it's time for dentures. There are different types of dentures, such as implant dentures and conventional dentures, but they all share a common function: They replace your natural teeth recreating your smile and allow you to eat regular foods.
Our denture process begins by examining the entire mouth to determine the health of your teeth and jaw and to determine which teeth if any can remain. Partial dentures can be created if they are natural teeth that are healthy and strong enough to remain in the mouth. Complete dentures are made when all teeth need to be extracted. Following the extraction of the loose or unhealthy teeth, there is an adjustment period. The gums will need to heal and dentures can take some getting used to. However, once accustomed to the dentures, normal functionality and your appearance is restored.