A smile can be your most eye-catching feature. A beautiful smile instills confidence and can greatly enhance your overall appearance. With dentistry's many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth. You now have choices that can help you smile with confidence. Even the most subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel about yourself. Talk to the dentists at DDS about the options most suitable for you.
Here are some examples of procedures we use in our office:
Teeth whitening – also called bleaching – is a procedure that brightens teeth that are discolored, stained, or have been darkened because of injury. There are various ways to bleach teeth. We feel that tray bleaching is the most effective, although we also offer in-office bleaching techniques.
We use only tooth-colored composite resin filling materials in our office. We can remove old silver fillings (amalgams) and in many cases, replace them with tooth-colored fillings that are much more esthetic, and bond the tooth together, rather than pushing it apart, like old silver fillings do. We use only the best composite resin filling materials to produce very stable, long-lasting cosmetic fillings.
DENTAL PORCELAIN VENEERS
Our dentists can also improve your smile cosmetically with laminate veneers. Porcelain laminate veneers are thin pieces of specially shaped porcelain that are bonded to the front and sides of prepared teeth. Using this technique, teeth that are mis-shapen, very darkly colored, or slightly crowded can be corrected with stable, long-term results. Porcelain laminate veneers are made by a laboratory and therefore requires two appointments, one to prepare the teeth and take an impression, and a second appointment to apply the veneers to the teeth.
AESTHETIC TOOTH BONDING
“Bonding” refers to the in-office application of a tooth-colored filling material to the outside surfaces of your front teeth, to change contours, improve unsightly stains, spaces, cracks or chips. Requiring only a single office visit, bonding lasts several years and is less expensive than porcelain veneers. The disadvantage of bonding is that the composite resin material is slightly more prone to staining and/or chipping with time. However, it is a cost-effective, simple way to make minor cosmetic changes to front teeth and can easily be reapplied if need be.
A crown is a dental restoration that covers the whole visible surface of a tooth. A tooth might need a crown because it is cracked, broken, or has a large area of decay. The crown, made of either porcelain fused to a metal core for strength, or of all-porcelain for a front tooth, is a way to actually conserve the vital portion of the tooth below the gum line. In many cases, we can use CEREC (CAD-CAM) technology to make your new tooth at our office in one visit. Using CEREC technology, there is no need for a temporary crown or a return appointment.