If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth, or just want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer to a more beautiful, confident smile.
Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular in the last several years, not only due to the many advances in cosmetic dental procedures and materials available today, but also because patients are becoming more and more focused on improving their overall health. This includes dental prevention and having a healthier, whiter, more radiant smile. There are many cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your teeth and enhance your smile. Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your smile dramatically, from restoring a single tooth to having a full mouth make-over. Ask Dr. G how you can improve the health and beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.
Lightens teeth that have been stained or discolored by age, food, drink, or smoking. Teeth darkened as a result of injury or taking certain medications can also be whitened, but the effectiveness depends on the degree of staining present.
A free consultation will be necessary to determine if you are a good candidate for the whitening procedure. Only natural tooth structure will lighten during the procedure, so if crowns or large restorations are present in the area to be lighted, they will not change color.
We offer two methods of whitening to our patients. The first is a home whitening kit which is used with trays and gel at home over a two week period. The second is our in office Zoom method. The 90 minute Zoom Plus procedure uses a high intensity light that activates the whitening gel. We also supply our patients with trays to use for touch ups later.
Composite (tooth colored) Restorations
Composite restorations are now widely used instead of amalgam (silver) fillings to repair teeth with decay and to replace old defective fillings. Composite restorations are also used to repair chipped, broken, or discolored teeth. This type of filling is also used to fill in spaces between teeth and to protect sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession.
Porcelain veneers are thin custom-made, tooth-colored shells that are bonded onto the fronts of teeth to create a beautiful individual smile. They can help restore or camouflage damaged, discolored, poorly shaped, or misaligned teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers require minimal tooth structure to be removed from the surface of the tooth.
A crown is a tooth-colored, custom-made covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings and also for those that are badly decayed.
Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. Porcelain crowns, bridges, and dentures can be made specifically to fit and attach to implants, giving a strong, stable, and durable solution to removable dental appliances.