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 shape of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be altered to give a stunning look to the mouth.
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, all ceramic/porcelain crowns, and limited movement of the teeth (orthodontics)
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses Ultradent brand whitening products. This company has had an excellent reputation for over 25 years.
Our office makes custom made trays for each individual which 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 30 minutes-3 hours. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. 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 several months.
We also offer in-office teeth whitening. This is a higher concentration carbamide peroxide gel that is placed in your custom trays and worn for about 45 minutes while being monitored by our trained staff.
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.
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 recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
This is a technique we use to realign malpositioned front teeth to achieve a more uniform appearance. This requires much less time and cost than conventional braces and is not intended to correct major malocclusions or "bites".