If your entire mouth needs a makeover, porcelain veneers are a great way to achieve a new look. By covering your teeth with a very thin ceramic shell, you can cover up stains, cracks, gaps, and more.
Placing veneers takes a few visits. First, we learn what you’re hoping to cover up and how you want your teeth to look. Once we have an understanding of what you want, and confirm that veneers can achieve those results, we make a plan. Then, we prepare your teeth for the placement of the veneers and take an impression of your teeth. This impression ensures that the veneers will fit flawlessly on top of your natural teeth.
We send the impression to a dental lab to create your porcelain veneers – this usually takes one to two weeks. During that time, we place beautiful temporary restorations that already solve many of the problems you were concerned about.
At your final appointment, we bond the veneers into place, ensuring a precise fit for optimum comfort.
When providing a full-mouth restoration, we are focused on both the cosmetic and the reconstructive side of things – we want you to have as much of your mouth function and look restored to normal. It takes planning – planning that our detail-oriented dentists and team members are equipped to do for you. In all of our services, we offer individualized dental care, completely tailored to you. In a full-mouth restoration case, this is especially important, as no two mouths are the same. Schedule an appointment so we can learn more about your unique situation, and provide you with some options of how our dental care can help you achieve better oral health, function, and a brighter smile.
You may need a crown lengthening procedure prior to the placement of a dental crown. When one of your teeth needs to be fixed, sometimes there isn’t enough tooth above the gum line to support the filling or crown. If this is the case, the dentist will recommend a crown lengthening procedure to reveal a greater amount of the tooth so the crown will be able to fully restore the tooth.
Crown lengthening involves the removal and reshaping of gum tissue and bone from around the roots of the teeth. Before the procedure, we’ll review your medical history and get current x-rays. If you need a crown immediately, we will place a temporary crown to protect you until the day of the surgery.
Everyone’s gums are different – genetics play a role, as do the use of some prescription medications. Sometimes, an excess of gum tissue can make teeth appear smaller than they should. In other cases, gums may recede, or shrink, leaving more of your tooth exposed. In both cases, your smile suffers, but your gums are also a place where bacteria like to gather, so the benefits to gum recontouring aren’t always solely cosmetic.
Gum contouring is a great way to improve not only your smile, but also your oral health. Many people with a “gummy smile,” that is, an excess of gum tissue, feel uncomfortable with their smile and may not know there is a fairly easy cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help. Gum contouring is a perfect way to even out your gum line, revealing a brighter smile.
Tooth bonding can be used to cover up stained teeth, cracks or gaps in teeth; or used as a filling after a cavity has been removed. A composite resin is applied to the tooth or teeth you want to cover. It’s molded to the teeth, held on by an adhesive gel. Once the resin is molded and in place, an LED light is used to harden the resin. Once the resin is hardened, it’s polished to a shiny white finish, leaving you with a straighter, whiter smile. Tooth bonding can last for over 10 years, making it a simple, affordable way to improve your smile.
Have you noticed that the surface of your teeth are uneven in some areas of your mouth? Perhaps a particular tooth has an uneven top, or is significantly taller than the other teeth around it and it makes you a little self-conscious about your smile. If you can relate to this, tooth recontouring may be an easy way to make you more confident in your smile.
Recontouring teeth is a procedure that can eliminate minor imperfections by changing your teeth’s enamel. Our dentists will use optimal means to carefully reshape some of your tooth enamel. Removing tooth enamel can help even out the length of a few teeth, or evening out the top surface of one tooth – giving you a straighter smile. The procedure is permanent and it’s instant – tooth recontouring can be done in a single, short appointment at our office. It’s also painless because there are no nerves located in the tooth enamel.
The reality is that even if you have excellent oral health, teeth can easily become stained from coffee, wine, food, and tobacco use. Through a whitening treatment you can restore the natural color of your teeth, or even go a little whiter.
In our teeth whitening process, the first thing we do is take an impression of your teeth. This is an important step because it is what separates tooth whitening at the dentist from over-the-counter solutions. With this impression, you’re sure to have a custom-fitted mouth tray that will eliminate leaks that can cause uneven whitening and irritation to your gums. Then, you will take home the Colgate Optic White gel and your tray. Over the course of a few days, you’ll fill the tray with the whitening gel and put it over your teeth for a short period of time. At the end of a treatment, you can expect your smile to be four to eight shades brighter. And the best part is, you’ll be able to use these whitening trays over and over again!