COSMETIC DENTISTRY : Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can make a dramatic change. Little things like uneven edges, chips or discolored fillings can all affect how our overall smile appears to others. The color, alignment, spacing as well as the uniformity of the teeth are the characteristics that make up our smiles. Any of these can be altered to give a stunning look to the mouth and boost one's confidence!
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and METAL- FREE ceramic/porcelain crowns.
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses several methods: Custom Trays with Professional strength whitening gel, Pre-filled Disposable tray whitening and Touch-up Kits for those patients with trays of their own.
The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A Carbamide peroxide or Hydrogen peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for a minimum of 30 minutes. The entire process takes 1-2 weeks of daily use. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.
We recommend discussing your individual needs with Dr Gina Ostrand or the hygienist prior to purchasing other over-the counter products so the product that is best for your situation is chosen and you reach your cosmetic goals.
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Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding. It can last several years but may require repairs or replacement due to color changes over time.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very natural in appearance. These are the preferred method due to their permanence in shape and color. Their beauty NEVER fades!
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, which is healthier for the tooth if it has a vital, healthy nerve. Crowns (CAPS) are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure and would benefit from full coverage to prevent further wear or fracture.
Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible custom-molded aligners. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual.