Porcelain fused to metal crowns, also known as caps, slide over teeth to hide misshapen, misalignment, cracks, discoloration, or other imperfections. Crowns decrease physical discomfort in teeth, look completely natural, and offer extra support to those that are weak or damaged. They can also vastly improve the overall appearance of your smile and make your teeth much more durable.
Cosmetic crowns offer all of the protection of a crown, with the added benefit of a more natural presentation. EMAX and LAVA crowns use a technology that achieves a natural look never thought possible.
Porcelain Veneers, also referred to as dental veneers or porcelain laminates, are wafer thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of teeth to create a cosmetic improvement and sometimes a bite improvement. Porcelain veneers have successfully improved smiles by making dark teeth look lighter and healthier looking. They can make yellow teeth permanently whiter and gray tetracycline stained teeth look much more natural. Porcelain veneers can make crooked teeth look straight in just a few days. Patients can look and feel more confident, more professional and have a wonderfully natural looking smile.
Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining from coffee, tea or even cigarette smoking. Veneers and laminates have a natural appeal to them. Porcelain veneers are brushed, flossed and treated just like natural teeth. You should not even know they are in you mouth as they become integrated into your natural tooth structure.
Sometimes a beautiful smile takes a bit more work. If you notice strain when biting down, pain during chewing, or difficulty in speaking due to misaligned or missing teeth, bridges might be the right option for you. They work by literally bridging the gaps between missing teeth, closing spaces with durable, injury-resistant, realistic-looking artificial teeth. Because they are semi-permanent, bridges can be removed only by a dentist, but are long-lasting and strong.
Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for tooth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does tooth whitening involve?
This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
A composite or white (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Because composite fillings are tooth-colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited as well as better matched to natural teeth for long-lasting function.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may some day have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are an excellent solution to cavity pain, reduced chewing strength, and general degeneration of the back teeth. Virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, these fillings restore teeth to an optimal state of health. Inlays gently fill holes left by decay, while onlays are applied to the entire surface of the tooth for added reinforcement.
Cosmetic bonding is a process where we attach or “bond” composite resin materials directly to your tooth in order to change the color, size or shape, or even fill in slight spaces between teeth. The bonded composite resin material becomes part of your tooth, creating a beautiful, strong structure that looks and feels like your own tooth. The natural tooth enamel is then fused together with bonding materials, such as porcelain and resins, to create a strong structure that still feels like your original tooth.
While it can be used for different purposes, tooth bonding is most useful for repairing chipped teeth or as a transitional/temporary cosmetic solution for children and teens. That’s because the bonding composite resin materials are natural in color, and allows for a finished product that closely matches your surrounding teeth.
We will work with you to determine if bonding is the right solution for your teeth to maintain the look of your smile.