1. Laser Teeth Whitening
If you desire a change, modern dentistry has many new materials and techniques that can create a beautiful smile. Cosmetic Dentistry involves elective procedures, and may involve making changes to teeth that have not suffered any of the damage of dental disease.
High Quality Cosmetic Dentistry requires attention to detail. It's the little things that count. Just because teeth are white does not mean that they are cosmetic; a natural beautiful smile is the goal. Color is only one factor in creating a beautiful smile and many other factors must be considered in order to create a natural, beautiful smile. Cosmetic Dentistry can help you be happy with who you are.
Dentistry can now enhance your smile. Advances in Porcelain and other dental materials allow us to restore your mouth with Tooth Colored Restorations.
Veeneers, Tooth Colored Fillings, Bleaching, Bonding, Porcelain Crowns.
Laser teeth whitening is one of many available dental remedies designed to revitalize the color of your teeth. Whitening strips, gels, and toothpastes are treatments that are available that you can use from home. However, laser teeth whitening is arguably the quickest, safest, and effective method of teeth whitening. In this treatment, a special laser whitening gel is applied to the teeth in which a high intensity laser is used to penetrate the whitening materials. This action will in effect bleach the teeth. This procedure takes up to approximately two hours to be completed and is performed in a cosmetic dentist’s office. It is a safe treatment that specifically focuses on the affected teeth and therefore will not affect the gum tissue in any way. The only possible side effect to laser tooth whitening is that the patient experiences slight sensitivity to hot and cold stimuli for approximately two to three days following the treatment.
Laser teeth whitening has remarkable results, however, it is important to know that this treatment may not be in your best interest. Considering the myriad of options that are available for teeth whitening, the most important thing that a person can do is to consult a qualified dentist about this procedure. The dentist will be able to examine your medical history, perform a comprehensive dental examination, and discuss with you your concerns and expectations of this procedure. From this, a dentist will be able to either recommend this treatment or suggest an alternative treatment for tooth whitening.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures that are routinely used for teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned. Evolving from the long-standing cosmetic dental procedure of bonding, porcelain veneers utilize bonding techniques to attach a thin sheet of porcelain to a tooth. Porcelain veneers predominantly use porcelain material that gives the veneers a natural, tooth-like appearance.
Overview of Tooth Veneers
Often an alternative to crowns, veneers are very thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain or plastic that are glued over the front of your teeth with little or no anesthesia needed. They are the cure for teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, have small holes or pits, misshapen or crooked, or for the correction of unwanted or uneven spaces. Unlike crowns, veneers won't require the dentist to remove much of the tooth itself in most cases. It is important to ask your cosmetic dentist how much tooth will be removed. In some cases more tooth will need to be removed, which may increase the risk of trauma to the tooth. Veneers are created from an impression taken in the cosmetic dentist's office. Your custom veneer is then glued directly onto your tooth. Typically costing less than crowns, veneers won't stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last from ten to fifteen years, and come in colors that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color.
The recommendation of a qualified dentist about whether or not porcelain veneers are the best option for you is important, as porcelain veneers may not be the best treatment to your particular situation. Dental bonding and porcelain crowns are alternatives to porcelain veneers that may be the best solution depending on the scenario. Dental bonding is a process in which a tooth-colored resin material that is usually plastic is bonded to a tooth as a way to restore an individual’s smile. Porcelain crowns are placed over a tooth where it is covers the visible portion of a tooth where it restores the shape, size, strength, and appearance of the affected tooth. In this situation, porcelain veneers are an excellent option for individuals that want to change the shape of their teeth more than bonding possibly can but not to the point of change that porcelain crowns provide.
In your first appointment, it is important to initially discuss with the cosmetic dentist that you will want to "try in" your veneers with temporary cement that is the same color cement as will be used for the permanent attachment. During this "try-in" phase, be sure to look at your veneers in natural light in addition to the office light. Teeth are prepared for veneers by lightly buffing to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Veneers are thin like contact lenses, and will usually only need tooth reduction of 0.5mm to 1.0mm. If a drastic change is being made for the result you want, reduction may be 1.0mm to 2.0mm. A mold is taken of the teeth, from which the veneers are modeled after. Temporary veneers will be placed and worn until your permanent veneers are ready. While wearing the temporary veneers, advise the cosmetic dentist of any adjustments or changes you would like made, such as in shape or size. These changes will be translated into your permanent veneers, so good communication between you and the dentist is important in achieving your new smile.
The dentist places the veneers with water or glycerin on the teeth to verify their perfect fit and the shade or color. The color cannot be changed after the veneers are adhered to your teeth. The tooth is then cleansed with chemicals to achieve a durable bond. Once the glue is between the veneer and your tooth, a light beam is used to harden the glue/cement.
Porcelain Veneers can:
3. Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin dental fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal dental fillings. Tooth fillings colored to look like a natural tooth are known as Composite Resin Dental Fillings are made of a plastic dental resin. Composite Resin Dental Fillings are strong, durable, and make for a very natural looking smile. Many dental insurance plans cover their use.
How are composite resin fillings accomplished?
Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area. The dentist then prepares an access to the decayed area of the tooth and removes the decayed portions. This is accomplished with traditional drills, micro air abrasion or even with a dental laser. With a composite filling, your dentist will preserve more of the natural tooth as the composite resin can be bonded to the tooth in thin layers. If your tooth's decayed area is close to a nerve, a special liner will be used to protect the nerve.
A special dental material is then used to open up the pores of your tooth's dentin and roughens up the surface of the exposed enamel. This achieves better and stronger bond. The bond resin is applied to stick the composite to your tooth. This material is made of the same dental resin as the composite however it is much more fluid. This layer is then hardened and cured with a very bright light.
Composite resin fillings are applied in thin layers, and slowly built up to form the complete filling. A bright dental light will harden each layer before the next is applied.
Once your filling is completed, your dentist will use a special paper, articulating paper, to adjust the height of your dental filling and that your bite remains correct. Your tooth is then polished.
If such a filling is not going to be enough to protect your damaged tooth, or if your tooth enamel is thin and will easily fracture, or if your tooth has had a root canal that weakened your tooth condition, your tooth may require additional protection such as a crown.
A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.
In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as many ten years or more.
5. Dental Crowns
As we age, many of us find ourselves with teeth that are no longer structurally sound. Root canals, lost fillings, decay below a filling, chipping and cracking of the enamel are all things that can lead to large scale defects in a tooth's surface. When the entire surface of the tooth is a problem, but the root system is intact, a crown might be just what the dentist orders.
These are artificial titanium roots used to replace missing teeth. They can be used either on their own or in combination with natural teeth to provide fixed teeth.
They are placed in the jaw and after a healing period of 1 to 6 months, are then used to support crowns or fixed bridgework.
In certain cases no healing period is necessary. In edentulous patients they can be used to support a special type of denture or fixed bridgework