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Cosmetic Dentistry

With the recent enhancements in modern dentistry going to the dentist can be an uplifting thing to do. Its natural to feel better with clean teeth and a healthy glowing smile! Best of all, it improves your overall health and appearance.

Dentistry just to make you look and feel more attractive used to be for the well to do only. Today more and more people are discovering the life changing impacts of cosmetic dentistry. Amazing changes can be made with just simple and effective cosmetic procedures that can last a lifetime. Here is what it means for you...

  • Many cosmetic procedures can be done in a matter of minutes!
  • Missing or removed teeth can be replaced permanently!
  • Teeth can be made white and bright in ONE hour or even in your own home!

Some examples of cosmetic procedures are bonding, veneers, and bleaching.

  • Bonding Involves applying tooth colored material directly to a tooth to fix minimal imperfections of shape, size or color. It can also fix an area of tooth that used to be decayed or chipped.
  • Veneers Are thin porcelain shells bonded to the tooth to correct imperfections in shape, color, size, and position of the teeth.
  • ZOOM! We offer the most safe and effective way to whiten your teeth in about one hour in the comfort of our office. ZOOM! is a revolutionary and very sought after whitening procedure usually resulting in whiter teeth in an average of eight shades or more while you are relaxing, watching a movie, or listening to your favorite CD.

Composite Fillings (bonding)

The amalgam-mercury dental fillings are a contemporary restoration from the Civil War era. In recent years there has been an on-going debate about the potential health risk these dental fillings may place on the body's immune system. In fact, there are several European countries that no longer allow these restorations to be used. Though our country has not yet taken this position, it is interesting to observe that health regulatory authorities have designated the extra mercury scraps as a toxic waste, which must be isolated, packaged, and hauled away by a hazardous waste disposal service. The question must be asked, "Why are we using our mouth as the other dump site?" Why is the mouth considered a suitable, "safe" place to store such hazardous waste, especially if healthier, longer-lasting options are available? Composite fillings, better known as “white fillings” are resin based fillings that are 100% metal free. Composites are mainly used to fill small areas of decay as they are layered into the tooth and cured or hardened to shape.

Veneers

Veneers provide a conservative, non-aggressive way to rejuvenate your smile! Porcelain veneers are amazing at enhancing the shape, size and color of the teeth. The attraction of veneers is not only the final natural appearance, but the conservative nature of preparation of the tooth. With veneers very little natural tooth structure is removed making them much more cosmetically safer and conservative than crowns. When veneers are bonded into place, the virgin strength of the tooth is captured as well. The many clinical and cosmetic benefits of porcelain veneers make them an excellent cosmetic treatment option for those who want to enhance the appearance of their teeth beyond just whitening.

Getting porcelain veneers is also time-convenient. It takes two appointments to complete a veneer smile makeover. The first appointment is the shaping-impression appointment. While our specialized porcelain artist is custom crafting the ceramic veneers, you will wear provisional veneers to keep comfortable and socially confident. Then in about 2 weeks a second appointment would involve the cementing or bonding of the veneer onto the natural tooth, polishing the area, and making any minimal adjustments. After this you will be excited to go and show off your new smile!