Are you unhappy with gaps in your teeth or with teeth that are discolored, malformed, chipped, or crooked? Today, a veneer placed on top of your teeth can help you have a beautiful smile. Veneers are a highly popular solution among dental patients because of their life-like tooth appearance and durability.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain) designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your doctor will create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your doctor will remove a small amount of your tooth to make room for the veneer.
When placed, you'll be pleased to see that veneers look like your natural teeth and even resist staining. You can alter the shape, size, position and color of your teeth with veeners.
One of the most difficult procedures in dentistry is to restore a single front tooth so that it appears as natural as its adjacent teeth. To replace a missing tooth, fix a broken tooth or treat a discolored, crooked tooth, so that your smile looks perfect is a challenge.
Yet, with today's materials, techniques and the use of computer shade analysis, we can achieve results that will make even the most discriminating patient very happy.
Don't allow that one tooth to detract from a smile you can be proud of.
Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing once each day and regular cleanings at the dentist's office. However, if you would like to go beyond regular care to make your smile look brighter, then in-office, power bleaching may give you that whiter smile that you desire.
When you need fast and great whitening results, professional, in-office power bleaching is your best option. Through the use of a high concentration bleaching gel under a controlled environment, we can get your teeth the whitest they can be. Once the treatment is completed, your teeth will retain their lighter color with a simple, periodic, at-home touch-up.
The deep-bleaching method requires three appointments. The first appointment lasts approximately 20 minutes. Impressions and photographs are taken and patient instructions are reviewed.
The second appointment is approximately 90 minutes long. Here the bleaching begins with the in-office conditioning phase of treatment. The patient is then given a take-home bleaching system for nightly use.
The third appointment occurs two weeks later. It is approximately 2 hours long and involves the in-office deep-bleaching technique. This is when the "AWESOME" happens. Treatment is completed and a simple maintenance program is reviewed.
One of the easiest ways to improve your smile is to replace old, silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings. They look better and feel smoother.
Older fillings on the front teeth will discolor and stain over time producing a "patchy" appearance.
Removing old, stained, discolored, dark fillings will create a more youthful smile that will leave you smiling more often.
Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to improve your tooth's shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay.
Crowns are "caps" cemented onto an existing tooth which fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth's new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
Crowns are often preferable to large, silver, amalgam fillings. Unlike fillings which apply material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated outside your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from a unique impression made of your tooth. Using this impression a dental laboratory technician is able to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
Large fillings, especially on the back teeth, do not hold up well. Breakage and cavities occur more frequently. Food trapping and gum diseases are more of a problem. Crowns strengthen a tooth, making breakage and cavities much less likely to happen and creating healthier gum tissue.
Missing teeth can affect your speech and ability to chew properly. The wear on the remaining teeth may increase, leading to additional breakage.
A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress in your bite.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.
The success of any bridge depends on its foundation -- the other teeth, gums, and bone to which it is attached. Controlling the biting forces, especially from grinding and clenching, is vital to assure proper retention. Therefore, it's very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong through good home care and continual dental recall appointments.