Enhancing the smile's aesthetic appearance can lead to increased self-confidence, improved social skills, and even a more positive outlook on life. Modern cosmetic dentistry merges advanced technology with fine art, and can often produce amazing results in less time than you would expect.
Takes 10 Years Off Your Smile For A New, Gleaming Look!
You don't have to feel self-conscious about your smile anymore. While stains and other discolorations may make you worried about smiling, there is a simple solution that is safe, effective and highly affordable. With professional teeth whitening, you will always be able to smile brightly and with confidence.
Who Needs Teeth Whitening?
Adults with noticeable stains can greatly benefit from teeth whitening. Essentially, it all comes down to personal preference and the desire to have a beautiful smile. Over time, teeth naturally discolor and begin turning to an off-white shade. In many cases, teeth can become yellow or even brown as one ages. This discoloration can also be provoked by coffee, tea, wine or soft drinks. With teeth whitening, it is possible to bring back that youthful white appearance you once had. In some cases, whitening makes teeth whiter than they ever were before!
What are the Benefits of Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening will allow you to smile proudly and with confidence. You will feel safe and smile proudly knowing that your teeth are looking their best and ready to shine. An indirect benefit is that you may actually take better care of your teeth after having professional whitening done. When your teeth look their best, you will have more incentive to brush and floss more often to help them maintain their glamour.
What Are Veneers?
Before you can determine if dental veneers are appropriate for your smile, it is important to understand what they are and how they improve your smile.
The simple definition of a veneer is a covering that hides the flaws on your natural teeth with the purpose of protecting the tooth and improving the aesthetic appeal of the tooth. Depending on the current appearance of your teeth, the number of veneers that you need to feel confident in your smile may vary.
The reason that veneers improve the appearance of you smile is based on the materials that are used. A veneer is often made out of specialized materials that are adjusted to match the color of your teeth. When the veneer is placed over a tooth, it will look like the real tooth when you smile.
Application of a Veneer
The process of applying the veneer to your teeth is not difficult. Due to the thickness of the material, the teeth are shaped and adjusted so that there is space for the veneer. After shaping your natural tooth, a mold is taken of the tooth so that it is possible to create a custom veneer that will cover the tooth.
Every veneer is custom made for each individual tooth. Although the exact amount of time before it is ready for application can vary slightly, in most cases the veneer is ready to apply to your tooth after about two weeks.
When your custom dental veneer is ready, we apply it with an adhesive material that holds it in place. A veneer is designed to last for many years and the adhesive will not fade or become discolored, so your teeth will maintain the same look after several years as it has when you leave the office.
What Veneers Can Correct
Veneers are not always the appropriate solution to correct your smile. By recognizing when it is appropriate to consider veneers, you can determine it if might help improve the appearance of your teeth or if other solutions are a necessity.
The problems that may be corrected with a dental veneer include:
- Gaps in your teeth
- Unsightly discoloration on one or more teeth
- A tooth that is crooked
- A tooth that is misshaped
- Severe staining on your teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Broken teeth
Although some of the problems that a veneer can help correct may require more work than just the application of the veneer, it is useful when you have aesthetic concerns related to your teeth.
A veneer can help protect your teeth from further damage when any underlying problems are already corrected. For example, a broken or chipped tooth may require work to protect the tooth from decay and sensitivity before putting on a veneer.
Advantages of Veneers
The benefits of putting in veneers over alternative solutions make it worth considering for your teeth. Veneers go much further than simply providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
The primary advantage is the appearance. A veneer looks like your original tooth, but without the flaws or problems. It will cover up the flaws without looking fake. The materials used to create a veneer are designed to resist fading or staining, which ensures that it looks amazing for years.
Stain resistance is another key benefit that makes veneers a useful part of any aesthetic dental work you may be considering. Unlike other alternative adhesive solutions, veneers will not become stained over time. Enjoy your favorite beverages and foods without worrying about unsightly stains or gradual fading that makes your veneer look fake. It will not stain easily.
Although the aesthetic benefits make it a useful way to get the smile that you want, the process of adhering the veneer to your tooth is minimally invasive. While a small amount of shaping is required to create the look that you want, veneers are very thin and can fit to your teeth easily. It will not take a long time to apply your new veneers and the amount of preparation is limited. The amount of shaping and adjustment to your teeth is much less than alternative solutions.
The ability to match your veneers to the rest of your teeth is another key benefit that makes it useful for your aesthetic concerns. The materials that create your new veneers are developed so that they match the rest of your teeth. If you are correcting one or two teeth, then it will result in an even appearance that improves your smile.
Durability and Long Lasting Results
The key advantages of dental veneers are related to the appearance of your teeth and the limited amount of preparation that is required when compared to other treatments. Although the advantages are obvious, a key factor that may be overlooked is the durability of your new veneers.
Unlike fillings and other treatments, a veneer is designed to last for several years. The materials that create the veneer are designed so that it will not break down or create problems over time.
When used to help protect fillings that you have obtained previously, a veneer can help protect your tooth from further damage and make your filling last for a longer period of time. The results of a veneer will last much longer than a simple filling or any other alternative to correct your smile.
Maintaining Your Veneers
Maintenance and management is not difficult. Unlike other solutions that are designed to correct crooked teeth, gaps or similar problems, veneers do not require special maintenance solutions.
Brush and floss your teeth every day for good oral hygiene. If you take care of your teeth normally, then your veneers will remain clean.
Although maintenance is limited, we recommend that you do not bite down on bones, the shells of nuts or similar hard objects that may damage or chip your veneers. Any object that can damage a tooth can also cause damage to your veneers. Otherwise, the veneers can be used like your natural teeth. They are strong enough to last for years.
A beautiful smile does not always require a difficult procedure. Veneers can quickly correct some of your aesthetic concerns so that you can show the world a beautiful, even and perfect smile.
Bonded or Tooth-Colored Fillings
It has been estimated that Americans make a total of 500 million visits to the dentist each year. While the most common purpose for these visits is to receive a regular teeth cleaning, dentists may also notice tooth decay - or cavities - while performing an exam before or after the cleaning. When a cavity is present, it will need to be removed and filled or the patient can risk further damage to their teeth and overall oral health.
Not too long ago, all fillings were metal. Although metal fillings were - and still are - effective to this day, they're unsightly and can even be noticeable enough to potentially have a negative effect on one's self esteem.
But those were the old days. Dental technology has advanced to the point where tooth colored bonding and fillings are now possible, thereby eliminating a lot of the visual concerns about having a cavity filled or a broken tooth patched up. Here is a look at exactly what each procedure consists of:
- Dental Bonding: Ideal when a tooth is chipped, cracked or discolored, bonding is a way to restore your smile without changing the complexion of the tooth. Bonding is often a drill-less process where a dentist adheres a tooth colored resin material to the tooth and then cures it with a special light so that it blends in with the rest of the tooth. When cared for properly, bonding can last for up to 5 years or more. The process is painless and can generally be performed in just one visit.
- Tooth Colored Fillings: Tooth colored fillings are just what they sound like - fillings that blend in with the color of your teeth. The process is similar to filling any cavity - the dentist first removes the area affected by tooth decay and then fills it with the tooth colored resin rather than a metal one.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
As we already noted, the biggest benefit of dental bonding is its efficiency in correcting chipped, cracked or discolored teeth in a fast and painless way. Some other benefits of the procedure include:
- Cost: Compared to alternative procedures such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, dental bonding is a relatively inexpensive procedure. Veneers and crowns, for instance, are customized porcelain products that need to be manufactured in a dental laboratory - thereby increasing the cost significantly.
- Speed: We already mentioned how fast the process is, but to be more specific, dental bonding can take less than 30 minutes per tooth.
- Painless: Unlike other similar procedures, bonding is painless. In fact, most of the time anesthesia isn't required for most basic procedures. Anesthesia may be necessary, however, if bonding is also being used to fill a cavity at the same time.
- Applications: While bonding is most often associated with correcting chipped, stained or cracked teeth, it can also be used to treat gaps in between teeth, fill cavities, change the shape of teeth or even protect a tooth root that is exposed by receding gums.
Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
In reality, the process of receiving a tooth colored filling is not much different than a metal filling. However, there are a variety of physical, health and even psychological benefits that are associated with a tooth colored filling rather than a conventional metal one. Here is a look at these benefits:
- The biggest benefit of tooth colored fillings is in appearance. There is no metal being inserted into the mouth, therefore nothing that suggests - at a glance - that there was ever a cavity in the first place.
- The benefit of appearance translates to various Psychological benefits associated with tooth colored fillings. Many people are very self-conscious about fillings, which then impacts their behavior. For instance, people may be less willing to smile or laugh in public, as they may be afraid of showing off a mouth full of metal to onlookers. Yes, believe it or not, tooth colored fillings can do a lot for a person's self-esteem.
- Health: There may also be a health benefit to tooth colored fillings. Did you know that most metal fillings (also called Amalgam fillings) contain Mercury? While amalgam fillings are safe when properly intact, when these fillings start to break down it has been hypothesized that they may release mercury, which can be dangerous to your health. Some forms of mercury have been linked to certain types of cancer, multiple sclerosis and various other health issues. Although it has not been proven whether failing dental restorations directly contribute to any of these conditions or not, many people agree that it is just not worth the risk to wait to find out either way.
- Process benefits: Finally, tooth colored fillings adhere better to the tooth than metal fillings do, thereby reducing the likelihood that patients will have to return to the dentist to have a filling replaced. Filling repair or replacement is common with metal fillings. The enhanced durability of tooth colored fillings means less inconvenient visits to the dentist.
Both dental bonding and tooth colored fillings are dental procedures that restore your smile beautifully. Those who undergo such treatments won't have to worry about a mouth full of metal or having to hide their smiles to prevent any perceived unsightliness from occurring.
So don't hide that smile of yours, restore it attractively. For more information on the process, ease and benefits of the dental bonding and tooth colored fillings, contact our office today. We will be happy to consult with you and get your smile back on the path to lighting up the room.
Inlays & Onlays
Tooth decay, weakened tooth structure, need for tooth restoration and reinforcement.
After the decay is removed, your dentist will take an impression of the area to be restored. A dental laboratory works from this impression to create a restorative inlay or onlay, usually out of gold or porcelain, that fits perfectly on the tooth. Inlays cover one or more tooth surfaces, where onlays are used on the chewing surface of the tooth. The inlay or onlay is cemented securely into place, for an incredibly durable, stable tooth restoration. Porcelain is the preferred restorative material; it is extremely strong and can perfectly match the patient's natural tooth color.
Crowns may be the only alternative when tooth decay is in advanced stages.
Crowns & Bridges
Aesthetic Enhancements: Crowns and Bridges
Crowns (or caps) are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore form and function. A bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. One type of bridge consists of crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to connect the replacement tooth or teeth to them. Another type of bridge consists of the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-like appendages. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants. Crowns and bridges can be made entirely of tooth-colored material, metal, or a combination to provide optimal aesthetics. Some metal-free crowns and bridges incorporate stress-bearing materials to enhance their strength and wear-resistance.
Is A Crown Right For Me?
Crowns address aesthetic needs, restore tooth function, and enhance the overall health of your mouth. In cases where teeth have large broken down fillings, a crown can protect and preserve the remaining natural tooth. To enhance your smile a metal-free, tooth colored crown can also replace an older metal/porcelain crown. Following root canal therapy, a crown is typically placed over the remaining tooth structure to preserve aesthetics and tooth function.
Is A Bridge Right For Me?
In cases where teeth are missing, a bridge prevents the remaining natural teeth from shifting so that dental health and facial aesthetics are not compromised. Bridges may also provide a permanent, non-removable alternative to removable partial or full dentures. Whether supported by natural teeth or implants, bridges can offer life-like aesthetics and stable chewing surfaces. The bridge can be easily maintained by brushing with modified brushing and flossing.
What Happens At My First Appointment?
With both crowns and bridges, the dentist needs to shape the teeth to provide stable support and precise fit of the final restoration. Following tooth preparation, impressions are taken of the teeth, and a replica of your mouth is created for the dental laboratory to make the restoration. You and your dentist will carefully discuss the color, shape, and size of the crown(s) or bridge(s). A temporary restoration is secured to protect the prepared teeth and maintain the precise space left by the tooth until the new restoration is fabricated. If an implant-supported crown or bridge is the best option, the dentist evaluates the patient's health and suitability for the implant placement. The dentist may also proceed with surgical planning or refer the patient to a specialist trained in implant surgery.
What Happens At The Next Appointment?
When the crown or bridge is fabricated, the dentist removes the patient's temporary restoration, and tries on the crown or bridge to verify fit and patient approval. Once the restoration is adjusted and approved, the dentist uses a luting cement or an adhesive bonding agent to permanently secure the final restoration.