Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic Dentistry is an exciting way to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it dramatically improved. The upper teeth usually show only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.

We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and ceramic crowns.

Whitening with Zoom

Zoom is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe, effective, and fast – very fast. In just one Zoom treatment at our office, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. The convenience of Zoom in comparison to days of using strips or wearing trays makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. The Zoom Whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The clinician then applies the proprietary Zoom whitening gel that is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. You’ll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure. Custom trays with gel are sometimes recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance.

The trays involve having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom flexible trays are made. Zoom Whitening gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 30 minutes, or overnight – depending on the type of whitening gel the patient prefers. The tray method is recommended for anyone who wants to maintain (or improve) their whitened smile and for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every few months.

Veneers

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a beautiful ceramic covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling.

Before Porcelain VeneersAfter Porcelain VeneersActual patient

Veneers involve two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory. The temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are made using ceramic and are very esthetic.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.