Veneers are thin, semi-translucent “shells” typically attached to your front teeth, and are customized from porcelain material that is bonded to your teeth. Veneers are also a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile.
Common problems that veneers are used for:
As a great aesthetic solution to your smile, veneers may even help you avoid orthodontic treatment. Subtle changes to your smile can be achieved with veneers, and in most cases, application is completed in only two office visits. Please contact our office if you have any further questions on veneers or how they are used.
Lumineers are a custom-made cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth without the painful removal of tooth structures. Lumineers are porcelain veneers that can be made as thin as a contact lens, and are placed over existing teeth without drilling or anesthesia shots.
These special porcelain veneers are also notorious for their longevity, and are clinically proven to last up to 20 years with a 5-year warranty. Lumineers are also quite different from traditional veneers, as the procedure can be reversed since the tooth structure is not affected.
Lumineers feel as natural as your real teeth, and so you should continue visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups while maintaining good oral hygiene. You can continue eating and drinking everything you normally did before the procedure after they have been applied.
Each patient’s case is different. Therefore, fees often vary. Your dentist will determine the cost for your treatment plan after a thorough examination. Contact us for more information on Lumineers and how they can improve your smile!
Bonding is a common solution for:
- Chipped or Cracked Teeth
- Reducing Gaps
- Hiding Discoloration or Faded Areas
Often, composite bonding is used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. Composite material, either a plastic or resin, is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes very little of the original tooth.
Composite bonding has many advantages:
- The process typically lasts less than one hour.
- Does not reduce the tooth’s original structure.
- Relatively inexpensive.
- Different shades available to match the natural color of your teeth.
- Composite bonds are not as durable and long lasting as veneers, and crowns may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future.
Composite bonds stain more easily and therefore require proper care and regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composites should be brushed and flossed daily. Common staining elements include coffee, tea, tobacco, foods and candy.
Crowns & Bridges
A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged, or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic, resin, or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, although it is often less durable.
A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a natural tooth previously occupied. Bridges may be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease. Bridges also safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
There are three main types of bridges:
- A Fixed bridge is the most popular, and consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.
- The “Maryland” bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and consists of filler that is attached to metal bands bonded to the abutment teeth. The metal bands consist of a white-colored composite resin that matches existing natural tooth color.
- The Cantilever bridge is often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.
We are proud to provide CEREC 3-D Technology to our patients in need of restorations. The CEREC system has revolutionized the dental field by meeting the needs of our patients in a timelier manner. Gone are the days where the patient must return for multiple visits to complete a restoration.
CEREC Technology can design, fabricate and place a ceramic restoration in just one visit! With this new system, the need for temporaries or impressions has been eliminated.
Through the use of this new technology, we can save more of the healthy tooth structure in our patients while giving them beautiful, tooth-colored restorations that are metal-free and durable. Contact us for more information on this high-tech system.
Your teeth will darken over time, and changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by factors like the food and beverages we consume. Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use, or improper oral hygiene.
If you're looking for a fast way to dramatically whiten your teeth, then the Zoom! In-Office Whitening System may be the answer for you.
In a little over an hour, this safe and effective system can give you the instant results you've been waiting for. A specially designed light activates the whitening gel to gently break down stains on your teeth to put the sparkle back in your smile.
Zoom! Whitening is very safe while under the supervision of a trained dentist, and is one of the safest procedures in cosmetic dentistry. However, we do not recommend this procedure for pregnant women or children under age 13.
You will be given some post-whitening care instructions after your procedure. It is important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen post-whitening to preserve your results. We also recommend occasional touch-ups with the Zoom! Take-Home Gel System. Your smile will always be brighter than it was before the procedure, but by following these simple instructions, you can retain your results for years.
Although the Zoom! System can treat almost anyone, effectiveness can vary between cases. We can determine if tooth whitening is a possible option for your case.
EZ White PRO
EZ White PRO is fast, safe, and eliminates any sensitivity you might experience with regular whitening treatments. This new whitener produces whiter smiles within 30 minutes of treatment time and will last up to 6 months.
With this procedure, no harmful UV rays are used. Instead, a polishing paste is applied to the teeth, which cleans and prepares the surface for treatment. The professional-grade whitener is applied and an EZ White PRO Plasma Arc Light is used to activate the whitener. You may also use this whitener at home without applying the curing light for continued results.