Cosmetic Dentistry

How can I have whiter teeth?

We offer all the latest techniques in teeth whitening. We offer a whitening technique or the traditional at home supervised method using trays and whitening gels. Simply call for a free consultation, so that we can determine the potential for whitening your teeth, based on the current color and the causes of any discoloration.

Advanced dental techniques now provide consumers with exciting, new options for enhancing their smiles. Revolutionary methods are now available for bleaching teeth to make smiles sparkle! Teeth bleaching or whitening lightens the color of teeth whether darkened from age, coffee, tea or tobacco. Its brightening effects can last up to five years after the treatment depending on your personal habits, such as smoking or drinking coffee or tea. Bleaching has a higher than 90% success rate. Bleaching is tough on stains but gentle on your teeth!

Results vary depending on several factors such as teeth stained from smoking; from taking certain medications such as tetracycline during tooth development; or from fluorosis, a condition occurring in the presence of too much fluoride. Bleaching will not lighten fillings or artificial materials used in dental repair as for crowns, porcelain veneers, etc. Your dentist may discourage treatment if you have sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, teeth with worn enamel or if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.

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Can I replace silver-mercury fillings?

For over 100 years, dentists have been using silver-mercury amalgam fillings to restore decayed or broken teeth. The only other alternative was gold and that was too expensive for most folks. Now there is a new and economical way to restore teeth using tooth-colored resin fillings. 

The resin is made up of glass particles in a plastic matrix. We bond the putty-like material to the tooth with a high-intensity light. This hardens the material and allows it to be shaped and polished for immediate use.

Once completed your tooth has a natural appearance and is actually stronger than before due to the strength of the adhesive agent used to bond the resin to the tooth. Resin restorations not only look better, but they are stronger and last longer than the old silver-amalgam fillings.

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What are dental crowns?

Teeth are often restored with fillings of silver or composite plastics. These materials can often accomplish the aim of replacing the part of the tooth that has been lost in a strong and good-looking manner. However, there comes a point where the damage to the tooth has removed too much structure to hold a filling. 

The restoration must be done by a technique that will attach to the remaining tooth, stand up under heavier use and meet more elaborate cosmetic requirements. The crown is the dental restoration that can strengthen and restore the entire top of a tooth. The crown can also be part of the attachment of a fixed bridge for the replacement of teeth. 

The tooth is strengthened because it is covered from the outside with a casting of metal or ceramic that will wrap up and splint the tooth. The chewing of the tooth can be improved because it can be reshaped to match more efficiently with the opposing teeth. A crown can improve cosmetics by the use of modern ceramic processes that produce translucency and color that is more natural than has ever been possible. Please call our office for a cosmetic consultation.

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What are porcelain veneers?

When teeth require significant changes in their shape or contour, veneers may be the answer. By placing veneers, small or misshapen teeth can be built up to regain a more natural appearance, spaces between teeth can be closed by making the teeth wider and teeth that are too short can be lengthened. The veneer is actually a thin piece of porcelain similar in size to a fingernail. 

Once it is “bonded” onto the tooth it becomes extremely strong. We also blends the veneer in with the remaining tooth structure so that it is unnoticeable to the naked-eye. Once in place, it looks, feels, and functions just like a regular tooth. We can use porcelain veneers to change the shape and color of a single tooth or, if necessary, revamp an entire smile. 

Porcelain veneers can also be used to correct teeth that have been worn from clenching and grinding. Please call us for a consultation. You may ask any of our professional team questions you have about the benefits of porcelain veneers.

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How can I improve my child’s low self-esteem which is a result of poor self-image?

“How can I improve my child’s low self-esteem which is a result of poor self-image?”

The appearance of the teeth has a dramatic effect on both the person’s attractiveness to others and on their own self-image and self-esteem. Studies have shown that a person’s appearance will have a strong effect on their social and career success, by influencing how others perceive them.

While the appearance of the teeth is one of the most important contributors to facial beauty, it is also probably the most often neglected when improvements to appearance are sought. A person with low self-esteem connected to their facial appearance, can often be greatly helped by cosmetic dental procedures. Dental make-overs have become more common, less invasive, and more effective in correcting deformities and cosmetic dental problems.

The effect of these procedures can be nothing short of dramatic both in terms of appearance and also in terms of correcting, at least partially, personality deficiencies caused by poor self-image.  Ugly teeth are no longer a matter of fate; they are now becoming a matter of choice. Please call our office with any questions you may have about the benefits of a dental make-over.

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Will cosmetic dental bonding comfortably repair my broken teeth?

Bonding by our doctors can yield dramatic results in a single office visit. Essentially, bonding hides any natural flaws through the placement of a thin plastic coating on the front surface of the teeth. After treating the tooth surface, our doctors applies a putty-like bonding material that is then sculpted, shaped and colored to suit your needs.

A high-intensity light causes the plastic to harden after which the new surface is smoothed and polished. Bonding can lighten stains, close gaps and even alter crooked or malformed teeth. We can even utilize it to change the shape or color of a single tooth or if necessary to remake your entire smile. Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions.

 
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What are tooth-colored dental restorations?

For over 100 years, dentistry has restored teeth primarily with a material made of mercury and silver. It has done its job well, although we have had to live with its weaknesses. Those weaknesses consist of cracking teeth due to expansion of the material, and restorations turning black as the silver in the material corrodes.

Now we have many ways to provide tooth-colored restorations. We can use adhesives to bond tooth parts that look and act like teeth. We can provide a bright, healthy and strong smile with these exciting new techniques in adhesion dentistry.

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Can I fix my discolored, dark or stained teeth with tooth whitening dentistry?

Tooth bleaching involves the placement of a bleaching solution on the teeth to eliminate stains and discoloration. The solution is held in place by a custom-made, see-through tray that fits over the teeth – much like a mouthpiece worn by a professional boxer. Bleaching is a safe, effective and relatively easy means of producing a whiter smile.

We offer all the latest techniques in teeth whitening. We offer a whitening technique or the traditional at home supervised method using trays and whitening gels. Sensitive teeth, or those that are chipped, eroded or weakened by cavities, should be repaired or protected before they are bleached.

Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions you may have about the benefits of tooth whitening or tooth bleaching for a whiter smile.

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Can cracked, worn, discolored or broken teeth be fixed with cosmetic dentistry?

Tooth bleaching involves the placement of a bleaching solution on the teeth to eliminate stains and discoloration. The solution is held in place by a custom-made, see-through tray that fits over the teeth – much like a mouthpiece worn by a professional boxer. Bleaching is a safe, effective and relatively easy means of producing a whiter smile.

We offer all the latest techniques in teeth whitening. We offer a whitening technique, or the traditional at home supervised method using trays and whitening gels. Sensitive teeth, or those that are chipped, eroded or weakened by cavities, should be repaired or protected before they are bleached.

Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions you may have about the benefits of tooth whitening or tooth bleaching for a whiter smile.

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Can white tooth fillings be used to replace silver fillings?

Many people in the United States have had silver fillings placed into their teeth because they had “cavities”. These silver fillings are called amalgams. Amalgam fills the space where the decay in the tooth has been removed.

However, over time, the amalgam corrodes and leaks which blackens the silver, and many times the tooth. This is easily seen as soon as a patient opens his or her mouth and is usually a source of embarrassment for the patient.

We can provide you with composite fillings that are made of a porcelain-like material that actually bonds to the tooth for a tight seal. They are strong and stain-resistant, and they are color-matched to the natural tooth, making them “invisible”.

Composite fillings also lack the sensitivity that is often associated with silver amalgam fillings. They are especially suited for smaller cavities and for patients who may be allergic to metal fillings. For more information, please do not hesitate to call us with any questions you may have about the benefits of replacing silver amalgam fillings with invisible composite fillings.

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