We are experts in performing all cosmetic dental procedures.
Teeth Whitening – Over time, teeth can become stained from foods, drinks, medication and smoking. They can lose their natural whiteness and look yellow or darker than normal. One of the most basic cosmetic dental procedures is teeth whitening, also called teeth bleaching. First, we remove all plaque, tartar and other debris from the surface of each tooth. We then apply the whitening agent. Our dentists will assess your current tooth color and recommend how many shades lighter to go. Once the teeth whitening agent has been applied, the dentist turns on a special light to activate the ingredients. The process is pain-free and results can be dramatic. Patient’s walk out of the office with immediate results, up to eight shades lighter, in less than 1 hour.
Dental / Porcelain Veneers – There are many cosmetic dental problems that can cause your smile to look uneven or misaligned, including cracked or damaged enamel, gaps between the teeth, discolored tooth enamel, worn teeth from grinding and crooked teeth. Dental veneers are made from medical grade ceramic and porcelain. They are individually made for each patient to make look exactly like natural teeth alignment and color. The veneer is applied to each tooth to produce a perfect cosmetic appearance and perfect color. We are able to fill the gaps between teeth as well as make crooked teeth look straight. We correct the alignment of ground down or worn down teeth such that they are all equal in length. The results of dental veneers are quite dramatic.
Orthodontics and Invisalign – We perform the most advanced and latest treatment for orthodontics. We are able to restore the symmetry and alignment of misaligned teeth. We are able to correct for unevenly spaced, overlapping, misaligned or gapped teeth. Our expert dentists are able to properly diagnose each individual patient and recommend various treatment options for realigning your misaligned teeth. We perform removable braces like Invisalign and other clear braces, or fixed braces for more complex tooth movement.
Dental Bonding – Dental bonding is performed as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misaligned. The tooth is prepared for bonding by lightly etching the surface with a rotary bur and applying a bonding agent. Once the agent sets, plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by one of our dentists. Once the resin hardens, it is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance. Bonding is an alternative to porcelain veneers; however, veneers last much longer. The plastic resin is not as strong as your original tooth enamel or the porcelain.
Dental Crowns – When damage to teeth is extreme, it can be beyond repair. When this occurs, we recommend a dental crown. A dental crown is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems, and permanently replacing missing teeth. We can restore your smile and function to normal. It is a long-lasting correction for teeth that are beyond repair. Often, dental crowns the last 20-30 years and be as close to permanent as a treatment can be. Dental crowns are used to replace broken or missing teeth, replace misshapen teeth and look just like a normal tooth. Our dentists require at least 2 visits to perform a crown procedure. On the first visit, we removed any decayed or broken tooth material. We will then fit you with a temporary crown and take measurements in order to produce the permanent crown. The permanent crown is then fabricated and the patient follows up for a second visit. The permanent crown is cemented into place. Usually, the crown is undetectable and appears just like a normal tooth. It also functions as a normal tooth.
Dental Implants – Dental implants are used as permanent replacements for missing teeth. Teeth can be missing due to injury, gum disease, and other oral medical problems. Missing teeth can cause problems with proper function of chewing, and often lead to bone loss and degeneration around the missing tooth. Dental implants are designed to look, function and feel like normal teeth. The person with missing teeth regains the ability to eat, smile and function normally. It also preserves the facial contour that is lost when teeth are missing. The dental implants consists of a titanium post that is placed into the bone where the tooth is missing. The titanium post bonds with the bone over time creating a strong foundation for the artificial tooth to be inserted. Dental implant procedures requires only a few visits to our dental office. If necessary, the remaining aspect of the old teeth are removed. The titanium post is then implanted into the jawbone. During the next 3-6 months, the bone heals and adheres to the titanium. These implants are underneath the surface of the gums. Following the implantation of the posts, we provide temporary dentures if necessary. An impression is taken in order to prepare the teeth to look and feel normal. After the bone has healed around the posts, we will then uncover the implants and attach the implants to the posts. The entire process take 6-8 months and most patients do not experience any disruption in the normal life. The result is permanent replacement teeth that look, feel and function like normal teeth.
Inlays and Onlays – Inlays and onlays are used as treatment for cracked and broken teeth. They are often recommended an alternative to traditional fillings. A traditional filling can reduce the strength of a natural tooth. Inlays and onlays are bonded directly to the tooth using a high-strength resin and actually increase the strength of the tooth. They can last up to 30 years or more. They are utilized when entire crown is not merited. Inlays and onlay’s and made of porcelain or composite resin. The inlay is similar to a standard filling and is used inside of the tooth and bonded using resin. Onlay is a more substantial reconstruction that extends over 1 or more sides of the tooth. Inlays and onlay’s require 2 appointments to complete. On the first visit, any damage or decay tooth material is removed. The tooth was prepared for the inlay or onlay. Impression of the tooth is made in order to properly fit the materials. This impression is sent to our lab to fabricate the inlay or onlay. A temporary sealant is placed on the tooth. At the second appointment, the temporary sealant is removed. The permanent inlay or onlay is then fitted correctly to the tooth and evaluated to make sure it is satisfactory. If the shape is satisfactory, it is bonded to the tooth permanently using a strong resin. It is then polished and smoothed to the perfect appearance, size and shape.
Dental Bridge – Missing teeth can cause problems with speaking, smiling, chewing and maintaining proper alignment of other surrounding teeth. A dental bridge can be an option to replace missing teeth. A bridge helps to support the lips and cheeks and avoid the appearance of sinking. They also cause improper function and chewing. Dental bridges consistent of artificial teeth that attach to the adjacent teeth. They can be the permanent called fixed bridges, or removable and temporary. Fixed bridges are permanently bonded to the adjacent teeth and offer more stability than removable bridges. Removable bridges can be removed and cleaned. A removable bridge is attached to the adjacent teeth with metal clasps in order to hold it in place and allow for removal when desired. A fixed bridge device fills the gaps were teeth are missing and cannot be removed. They are bonded into place to the adjacent teeth using a strong resin. A fixed bridge usually takes 2 or 3 appointments to complete the procedure. On the first visit the adjacent teeth are prepared by removing a portion of the enamel. Impressions are taken in order to prepare the bridge to its proper shape. A temporary sealant is applied. The bridge is then fabricated by our laboratory. On the second visit, the bridge is then cemented into place and attached to the natural adjacent teeth. A fixed bridge often looks like normal and natural teeth. It also functions like natural teeth.
Gum Recontouring – Gum recontouring is a cosmetic dental procedure where the gum volume is reshaped. It is indicated for people that think that their teeth look too short, have bulging or excess or abnormal gum tissue surrounding the teeth, an uneven gum line or there is excessive gum tissue showing when they smile. A perfect smile consists of not only the teeth, but a symmetrical gum line with an aesthetically pleasing ratio of gum to teeth. Our dentists will evaluate your gums and perform a procedure to restore the symmetry of the gums, even out the gum line, and restore the appearance of the ratio of gum to teeth.
Smile Makeover – We perform smile makeover procedures in order to restore a beautiful smile. A smile makeover consists of combining several cosmetic dental procedures depending on what each individual patient requires. We combined procedures including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, gum contouring, porcelain inlays and onlays, crowns, orthodontics to realign teeth, and other procedures that are necessary. We invite you to come in for an individual consultation to find out which of these procedures are necessary to produce your beautiful smile.