Are you dissatisfied with the appearance of your teeth? With today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry, you can have the straight, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. A little change in your smile can make a big change in your appearance. Our practice offers a range of cosmetic dental services to improve your smile in quick, painless, and affordable treatments.

Cosmetic dental treatments can:

  • Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth
  • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth
  • Improve or correct bites
  • Lighten or brighten the color of teeth
  • Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Replace old, unattractive dental treatments

Enhancing your appearance includes modifying your smile. A healthy and beautiful smile will give you a new confidence that you can benefit from every day of the year. We know that a little change can make all the difference. If you are interested in improving your smile, call us today to make an appointment.

Teeth Whitening

Like many people, you may feel unhappy about the color of your teeth. Maybe you have even tried over-the-counter bleaching products with little to no success. You need an effective way to remove the stains that give your teeth that dull, yellow appearance. With our whitening system, you can achieve that brilliant smile you have been dreaming of!

There are many causes of tooth discoloration. These include:

  • Stains from tobacco, coffee, tea, soda, red wine, berries, or any food or drink with dark pigmentation
  • Plaque and tartar deposits
  • Use of the antibiotic Tetracycline during childhood (this creates dark “ribbons” of color)
  • Ingestion of excess fluoride while teeth are forming (this gives teeth a “mottled” look)
  • Trauma to the mouth and teeth, which can cause yellow, brown, and gray spots
  • The natural aging process

Our office uses a tray whitening system that will safely and effectively make your smile brighter and whiter. The process involves taking an impression of your teeth and creating trays fitted for your individual teeth. You can use these trays repeatedly to whiten your smile 4-6 shades! Call us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our whitening system.

Veneers

Veneers are designed to help your smile look its best. Veneers are shaped and custom-made in a dental laboratory. When bonded to your teeth, they can make your smile beautiful and flawless. Veneers can enhance your smile by:

  • Cosmetically perfecting your smile
  • Correcting crooked teeth
  • Fixing misshapen teeth
  • Correcting severe discolorations/stains on teeth
  • Correcting teeth that are too small or too large
  • Fixing unwanted/uneven spaces between teeth
  • Repairing chipped or worn teeth

Veneers are very durable and generally last many years, providing you with a new and beautiful smile.

Procedure

The procedure takes place over the course of two visits to the office. In the first visit, your teeth will be prepared to receive the veneers. They are lightly buffed and the surface is shaped to prepare for bonding and the additional thickness provided by the veneers. Molds (impressions) will also be taken to provide the custom fitting of the veneers to your teeth. The correct shade to match surrounding teeth will then be chosen by your dentist.

In the second visit, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth. It is important, after the procedure, to follow recommended care instructions given by your dentist. Maintaining proper dental hygiene (brushing, flossing, etc.) will support the life of your veneers.

Crowns

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth’s surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. A crown may become necessary or desired, for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Broken/Fractured Teeth
  • Cosmetic Enhancement
  • Decayed Teeth
  • Fractured Fillings
  • Large Fillings
  • Root Canal

Crowns are durable and strong. They are expected to last many years, but as with most dental restorations, a crown may eventually need replacement (especially when maltreatment of a crown has taken place). Crowns are made and customized in size, shape, and color to match your natural teeth. This is done to restore full functionality to your teeth and to provide optimal cosmetic results for your smile.

Procedure

The procedure will usually take place over the course of two appointments. The first appointment will consist of taking several highly accurate molds (impressions). These molds will be used to help create both your finalized porcelain crown, and a temporary crown. Once the molds have been taken, your porcelain crown will be custom-created in a dental laboratory over the course of approximately two weeks. During this time, you will wear a temporary crown. In preparation for the temporary crown, the dentist will numb your tooth, and clean any decay. Your tooth will be shaped to properly fit the crown.

At your second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed. The doctor will prepare your tooth for the final crown by carefully cleaning your tooth again. The new crown will be carefully placed to ensure that full functionality will be restored to your mouth.

Instructions will be given from your dentist regarding your new crown. You will be encouraged to have regular dental visits to ensure your new crown remains in good shape.

Bridges

A dental bridge is a non-removable dental appliance used to replace a missing tooth (or missing teeth). A bridge can be used to accomplish the following:

  • Fill gaps left my missing teeth
  • Prevent the shifting of teeth due to extra space
  • Restore a fully functioning bite
  • Retain your face’s natural shape
  • Replace a partial denture
  • Promote a natural, radiant smile

Bridges comprise two crowns which go over the teeth, adjacent to the gap. We call these abutment teeth. Between the crowns, we place an artificial tooth, known as a pontic. This tooth will look and function like a natural tooth. Best of all, when you smile, no one will know you have a dental appliance!

Please call us to schedule an appointment if you are interested in receiving a bridge treatment.

Implant Restorations

Dental implants are a solution for replacing missing teeth. They are made to give you the strength, stability, and resilience of your natural teeth. They serve as replacements for both the root and the tooth, lending functionality and support to your jawbone.

Unfortunately, sometimes an implant may fracture, become damaged, or otherwise deteriorate. This can be due to a number of different conditions and accidents. We understand that this can be troublesome and difficult to deal with.

That is why in our practice we have implemented the ability to correct and restore old restorations, including implants. We will take these old restorations and re-create them to bring your mouth and teeth back to full functionality.

There is no need to persist with broken or old restorations and implants. We can fix your implants and make them stronger and more durable than ever.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and so forth.  In just one appointment, the decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled. Composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. There are further options aesthetically suited for use in the front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement. However, they often last for many years, and provide you with a fully restored smile.

Procedure

The procedure is usually completed in one appointment. In preparing your tooth for the filling, the doctor will remove all decay, and thoroughly clean your tooth. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication may be applied for your protection. After preparation, the composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished.

At the conclusion of your treatment, you will be given care instructions and advice from your doctor. It is normal to feel sensitivity to your filling when the treatment is first performed, but your doctor’s instructions will let you know how to manage any short-term sensitivity, and how to maintain restored oral health.