Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

​Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. If you are self-conscious about your teeth, you’re probably less likely to smile. You are subconsciously influencing the interactions you’re having with other people.

Esthetic dentistry has become a defining feature of modern dentistry. Esthetic dentistry comprises much more than pure dental esthetics. Lasting esthetic success is only possible by mirroring the natural function, precision and biocompatibility with a restoration.

Some comment cosmetic procedures are:  Bleaching; Resin Fillings; and Crown Lengthening; 

Dental Materials have undergone tremendous technical advances.

 

Other common restorative procedures:

 

PORCELAIN ONLAYS AND INLAYS

Porcelain onlays and inlays provide an excellent method for replacing damaged tooth structure, providing strength, esthetics, function.  They require minimal preparation of tooth structure compared to a crown.  They are generally used to address internal buildup of large cavities. 

 

TOOTH WHITENING

Patient satisfaction remains a key priority in Restorative/Cosmetic dentistry. Tooth color selection is an important step in the treatment plan. Tooth whitening prior to any restorative procedure is a major consideration. The enhanced shade can then be matched with a selective restorative material (composite/ resin or porcelain for a more natural, esthetically pleasing definitive restoration.

 

ORTHODONTICS (INVISALIGN)

What if your dentist told you that you could straighten your front teeth with invisible aligners, without metal-mouth or wires. 50% of Americans 25-49 (approximately 50 million) wish their teeth were straighter, but less than 1% seek treatment because they do not want a ‘mouth full of metal’. 

 

Though not to be used for treating severe bite problems, Invisalign is appropriate for correcting most orthodontic irregularities. The Invisalign System uses 3-D computer imaging technology to design a series of clear, plastic removable custom made ‘aligners’ that straighten teeth a millimeter at a time. Instead of visiting the orthodontist to have braces adjusted, patients simply switch to the next aligner every two weeks. The average treatment time takes about 9-18 months.

 

After determining eligibility (this procedure is for teenagers and adults who have their second molars), the patient works with the specialist to have an impression made and x-rays of the patient’s teeth taken., These diagnostic results are sent to an authorized Align Technology lab.

 

Each aligner is worn for two weeks at a time, to be removed only for brushing, flossing, and eating.  The aligners are designed to slowly straighten your smile.