There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “Every time you smile, you become a day younger.” A smile may not make you younger, but we feel that a beautiful smile can change your life. There are many ways to improve your smile and appearance through other means than extensive surgery. Ask us about the various esthetic services we provide to transform stained, cracked/chipped, discolored or other flawed teeth into that smile you always wanted. We provide top of the line and state of the art techniques and procedures to re-energize your smile and restore your confidence. Services that are provided by our trained dental team include: Veneers, dental bonding/tooth colored fillings, porcelain/ceramic crowns, teeth bleaching, and more! You can review, more closely, our cosmetic dental services here and hopefully there is an option that can help restore your beautiful, youthful smile.
A veneer is a thin, tooth colored shell that covers the front side of a tooth. Veneers are custom made by a dental lab for specific patients teeth. Veneers can be used to correct stained, chipped, decayed or slightly crooked teeth. They can usually be completed in as little as two dental visits!
A small amount of tooth structure is removed and then an impression is taken. Temporary coverings are made to fit over the teeth. A skilled dental lab technician creates the custom veneers and then you return to our office and we will remove the temporaries and permanently cement the veneers, creating a beautiful long lasting smile.
Dental Bonding/Tooth Colored Fillings
There are many times when teeth are chipped and cracked and can be filled very quickly and in a painless manner. Dental tooth bonding is one way to fix these small chips and cracks. Bonding uses a composite tooth colored material to fix the chips and cracks, and it is also a great way to fix a tooth that may be smaller, turned or out of alignment. The tooth colored material is matched to the natural tooth and will fix any imperfections you may notice. The entire process is quick, usually lasting about an hour, and any of our dentists can perform it for you and your family.
Tooth colored fillings have many advantages including: keeping as much healthy tooth structure as possible and can be used in place of silver amalgam fillings so they are unnoticed. In order to do dental bonding on a patient the dentist will roughen the surface of the tooth. Once the tooth is rough we use a special bonding liquid on the tooth, and then place the tooth colored filling and use a powerful, blue light so the material sets up properly. When our tooth colored material is set up, the material is shaped and smoothed to match the teeth around it.
Crowns are commonly referred to as “caps.” Crowns or caps are permanently cemented onto a tooth. Crowns are most often used when teeth are cracked, broken, decayed and worn. A crown returns structure, strength and function to a tooth. It fits tightly around the tooth and protects the tooth from further damage and functions like a natural healthy tooth.
Porcelain and ceramic crowns are the most esthetic choices for crown materials. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are custom matched to the shade of each patient’s teeth. This allows the crowned teeth to blend in with the rest of your smile.
Crowns usually take just a couple short appointments. Crowns are cemented permanently to the tooth and after it is placed it can be cared for just like your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing will protect the crown and prevent bacterial growth. All in the Family Dental will check the crown structure and integrity at your regular 6 month cleanings and checking ups.
Almost everyone is interested in having whiter teeth! All in the Family Dental has a state-of-the-art bleaching system. We want each patient to achieve the bleaching results they desire. We carefully evaluate each patient and discuss the various bleaching possibilities. We always get a baseline shade and then make appropriate bleaching recommendations.
We offer a one-hour in office bleaching procedure that requires no anesthesia and no heat lamp. This procedure can enhance and brighten your teeth several shades in just one hour. We often recommend maintaining this procedure by using our take-home bleaching system. Our take-home bleaching system consists of custom made bleaching trays and professional-grade teeth bleaching gel. We will provide detailed instructions for the at-home bleaching tray system and follow up with each patient until they achieve desired results.