Cosmetic Smiles Engineering

Teeth Whitening | Porcelain Veneers | Composite Resin Bonding | Crowns

Many people accept the appearance of their smiles simply because they have become accustomed to them or they are unaware of what can be done to improve their smiles.  You don't have to accept an unattractive smile.  Nothing gives us more pleasure than transforming an ordinary smile into one that absolutely dazzles.  There are a number of procedures the dentist can do to improve smiles.

Teeth Whitening

A whiter smile increases one's self-esteem and boosts confidence.

Your teeth will darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea, wine, and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene. Restoring your natural white smile is a priority for our dental whitening team.

Tooth whitening services are growing in popularity, and it’s one of the most requested services offered by our practice. Everyone sees the growing consumer market focused on whiter teeth. The reality is that over-the-counter, “too good to be true” solutions typically don’t work well.

We are trained professionals using industry-approved methods. Our goal is to meet the needs of every patient, and every patient’s needs are different. One of the methods used by our practice is a gentle hydrogen-peroxide gel-activated solution.

Nothing improves your appearance more than a bright, white SMILE! Tooth whitening is a great way to get a big bang for your dental bucks.

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Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that blend with the natural enamel of the teeth that can then allow light to pass through, giving the veneers a natural appearance.  This can be done in many cases with little or no tooth reduction.  The results can be absolutely stunning.

Veneers can be the ideal treatment of choice to restore the teeth to their natural appearance.  Veneers can also cover up significant stains from tobacco and certain foods and beverages.  As we age, wear of the front teeth may affect the aesthetics of our smile and result in us appearing older than we actually are.  Porcelain veneers may be used to lengthen worn or short teeth and restore your natural and youthful smile.

Placement of the veneer requires 2 appointments.  During the first appointment, a small amount of the outer surface of the tooth may be removed in order for the veneer to be placed, and then a shade is chosen. Acrylic temporary restorations are placed until the next appointment.  Using a mold, a dental laboratory will fabricate the final veneer to the proper size, shape, and color.  In the second appointment, the veneers are bonded onto the tooth surface.  Veneers are among the most conservative restoration used to restore natural teeth.

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Composite Resin Bonding

While most of us are familiar with traditional amalgam (metal alloy) fillings, there is an alternative material for filling cavities that offers several advantages. Composite resin dental fillings, formulated of plastic dental resin, can be made to match the color of yur teeth.  This alleviates the unsightly darkened appearance that is so common with amalgam fillings.  Beyond that, the resin is applied in thin layers, each of which is cured and hardened with a special light. The result is a strong, tooth-colored filling that enhances the tooth's natural structure by bonding with the surrounding surfaces.  Composite resin dental fillings may cost slightly more than amalgam fillings, but they are often preferred for their superior performance and attractiveness.

Bonding is a common solution for:

  • Fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
  • Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface

Composite resin (tooth-colored) fillings are often more conservative than amalgam (silver) fillings as less tooth structure needs to be removed in preparation for the restoration.  Bonding is a quick process, which typically takes less than one hour.

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Crowns

Dental crowns (or caps) are generally utilized to restore teeth that are more severely broken down from decay or fracture.  The crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth, covering the tooth to restore it's shape, size, and strength, and/or to improve it's appearance.  When cemented into place, the crown encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at or above the gum line.  The cosmetic results can be excellent. 

The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves:

  1. Numbing the tooth to remove any decay present.
  2. Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.
  3. Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown.
  4. Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the permanent custom-made crown is being created.
  5. Applying the permanent crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent one onto the tooth.
  6. After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist cements it into place.

This process generally consists of a minimum of 2-3 visits over a two to three week period.

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