Cosmetic Dentistry

Your smile is often the first thing people look at when they first meet you and a healthy, bright beautiful smile allows us to present ourselves with confidence.

Using the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry we can help improve your teeth and smile with quick, comfortable and convenient treatments.

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Cosmetic dental treatments can:

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Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth

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Improve or correct bites
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Repair decayed, or damaged teeth, and replace missing ones.
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Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth
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Brighten the color of teeth
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Replace old, unattractive or discolored dental treatments

Teeth whitening

Bleaching, or whitening, is a non-invasive treatment that reduces staining on teeth. It’s become one of the most common cosmetic procedures because of how much everyone values a bright white smile.

Some whitening systems work at home, but others you have to go into your dentist’s office to get. Whitening does not work on fillings, so if you have any you may want to look at getting them replaced to match your newly whitened teeth.

Whitening should be repeated every several years, or more often if you have staining habits like smoking, or drinking tea or coffee.

Invisalign

Most people do not like conventional braces because of the aesthetic effect on their smile, not to mention, the metal brackets can really hurt. Invisalign is a barely visible and metal-free alignment system that corrects all the same issues as conventional braces, including:

  • Large gaps
  • Overcrowding
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

A dentist makes a custom-fitted aligning tray based on 3D imaging, which is replaced every several weeks, each new tray being fitted slightly differently depending on where your teeth are at the time and how they need to be aligned further. While you are using the treatment, the tray can be taken out to eat and drink, or for special occasions when you want your smile at its best.

One small drawback to Invisalign is that because it is fully removable it takes a little more commitment to wear when needed, so for some teenagers it may not be the best choice. In general, invisalign is more comfortable than conventional braces, and just as effective.

Composite Fillings

Dental fillings fill up cavities to prevent further damage to the tooth from breakage or food getting trapped. The traditional material for fillings is a kind of silver amalgam, which has a silvery metallic color.

These are still often used for teeth that most people can’t see, but for the teeth that make up your smile, composite fillings are made from a synthetic resin. The big advantage to them is that they are the same color as your natural teeth and so people can’t tell the difference. The drawback is that they don’t last as long as metal fillings, but they still last about 6-7 years.

Composite fillings usually only take one visit. Decayed material is removed, the open space is thoroughly cleaned, and the composite material is placed, molded into shape, and polished.

Porcelain crowns & onlays

Crowns and onlays are basically protective covers placed on a tooth that has suffered trauma or decay, or in which some previous fillings have failed. The difference between caps and onlays is that caps cover the whole tooth, while onlays only cover the top. They can be made out of different materials, but porcelain ones resemble your natural teeth color.

They take at least two appointments, the first for the measurements and molding, and the second for the placement. On the first visit, the dentist will remove any decay, clean the site, and place a temporary filling.

When the onlay is ready, the dentist cements it firmly into place, adjusts if necessary, and provides the patient with care instructions.

Porcelain Bridges

A bridge is a fixed dental device that spans the gap of small number of missing teeth. Like onlays, bridges can be of different materials, but porcelain most closely matches the appearance of natural teeth. Bridges take multiple visits for the same reason as onlays: the first one is needed for measurements.

But on the first the dentist also modifies the abutment teeth to serve as anchors for the bridge, and gives you a temporary bridge.

On the second visit the dentist will make any adjustments, cement the final product in place, and tell you how to take care of it going forward.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin layers of some material that correct minor problems with teeth that aren’t bad enough for crowns, including crooked, misshapen, or badly discolored teeth. As with other cosmetic procedures, porcelain is popular because of its natural appearance.

Veneers go onto the front teeth to create a beautiful smile. Veneers are not permanent and have to be replaced eventually, but they are still durable.

The procedure for getting them is the same as other porcelain devices: measure on the first visit and install once they’re ready.

Remember, your smile speaks before you even say a word! Let us help you show the world a beautiful smile.

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