Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening   |   Veneers   |   Crowns |   Inlays and Onlays   |   Full Restoration/Rehabilitation

Teeth Whitening

Your teeth will darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene. Restoring your natural white smile is a priority for our dental whitening team. We can provide a variety of options for whitening your smile.

Tooth whitening services are growing in popularity, and it’s one of the most requested services offered by our practice. Everyone sees the growing consumer market focused on whiter teeth. The reality is that over-the-counter, “too good to be true” solutions typically don’t work.

We are trained professionals using industry-approved methods. Our goal is to meet the needs of every patient, and every patient’s needs are different. One of the methods used by our practice is a gentle hydrogen-peroxide gel-activated solution. Our process will whiten your entire smile in one visit. Call us today for a whitening evaluation.

Nothing improves your appearance more than a bright, white smile!

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Veneers

Veneers are thin, semi-translucent “shells” typically attached to your front teeth. Veneers are customized from porcelain material and permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile.

Common problems that veneers are used for:

  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth

Veneers are a great aesthetic solution to your smile that may even help you avoid orthodontic treatment. Subtle changes to your smile can be achieved with veneers, and in most cases, veneer application is completed in only two office visits.

Please contact our office if you have any further questions on veneers.

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Crowns

Your dentist may recommend a dental crown or cap to restore a decayed, damaged or cracked tooth. A crown can also be used to enhance discolored or badly shaped teeth.

Types of crowns available include:

  • Metal
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • All-resin
  • All ceramic or porcelain

Our office offers all ceramic or porcelain crowns, which generally have the most natural appearance.

The process for placing a permanent crown generally consists of 2-3 office visits. At the first visit, your dentist may examine the roots of the tooth by taking X-rays of the tooth structure and surrounding bone. If decay is present or there is a possibility that infection or injury will develop in the pulp, a root canal treatment may be necessary.

Treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown

  1. Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
  2. Re-shaping the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown. (The amount of tooth structure removed depends on the type of crown
  3. Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes one to two weeks).
  4. Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the permanent custom-made crown is being fabricated.
  5. Applying the permanent crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent one onto the tooth.

After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, your dentist cements it into place.

Following the procedure, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is necessary to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.

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Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations. They are a great alternative to traditional metal fillings primarily because less of the tooth structure needs to be removed. Inlays and onlays are suitable for treating mild to moderate decay, and can be used to restore a cracked or fractured tooth if the damage is not extensive enough to require a crown.

Generally, inlays are small restorations that fit within the contours of the biting surface of a tooth, while onlays cover a portion or the entire chewing surface.

Inlays and onlays can be made from porcelain, gold or composite resin. Once fabricated, they are securely bonded to the tooth.

The advantages of inlays and onlays include:

  • Since they can be fabricated from tooth-colored materials, inlays and onlays are aesthetically pleasing. Unlike traditional metal fillings, the restoration is virtually invisible.
  • Less removal of the tooth structure is required to achieve optimal results.
  • They do not cause excessive wear and tear to opposing tooth structures.
  • Inlays and onlays prevent the need for more significant treatment in the future.

The process for placing inlays and onlays generally requires two or more office visits. Initially, once the decay is removed, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth. A temporary restoration is placed until the custom-made inlay/onlay is manufactured in a laboratory.

Following a proper oral hygiene regimen daily ensures the success and longevity of your new restoration.

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Full Mouth Restoration/Rehabilitation

If your smile is just short of being perfect, then a full mouth restoration might be right for you. Full mouth restorations are ideal for enhancing the appearance of the smile by correcting imperfections in bite position. Whether your teeth are short, worn, chipped or broken, a full mouth restoration can give you the smile you deserve!

Combining the artistry of cosmetic dentistry with the science of neuromuscular dentistry, we can create a beautiful, functional and comfortable smile. We utilize the most advanced technology available to capture computerized images of the jaw’s muscle function in both the relaxed and stressed positions allowing us to determine the best course of treatment for your specific case. We will work with you individually to create a customized treatment plan that will deliver optimal results. Our highly skilled team may use porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, dental bonding, dental implants and/or tooth whitening to complete your full mouth restoration.

Results will be phenomenal – providing patients not only with a proper bite that will eliminate the sore jaw muscles and headaches, but a beautiful, healthy smile that will make heads turn! Contact our office to schedule your consultation to see if you are a good candidate for a full mouth restoration.

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