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This term refers to any procedure done to correct imperfections in the teeth or to improve the appearance of one’s smile. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth usually show only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking; the upper teeth remain hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that contribute to the overall appearance of your smile. Any of these can be enhanced to give a more natural, a more beautiful, and a more appealing look to your smile.

We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, recontouring the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.

WHITENING

This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and more attractive. Our office currently uses Sapphire professional teeth whitening by the Denmat Corp.

Sapphire! is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe effective and fast, very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. The convenience of Sapphire! in comparison to days of using strips or wearing trays makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. The Sapphire! Whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The clinician then applies the proprietary Sapphire! whitening gel that is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become six to ten shades whiter and sometimes more. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You’ll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure. Trays with gel are recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance.

The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 3 hours, or overnight. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of 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 briefly every few months.

The end results whether using trays at home or doing Sapphire! is the same. The cost of the tray method is about half compared to Sapphire!, and there is usually less post-treatment sensitivity.

VENEERS

Veneers are thin coverings bonded to the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only placed on teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is referred to as bonding and is performed in a single visit.

The indirect technique 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 to three weeks the custom fabricated veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made of porcelain or pressed ceramic surpassing the beauty of natural teeth.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are not recommended for teeth that have large fillings or very little remaining natural tooth structure.

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