This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.
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 all ceramic/porcelain crowns.
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses the passive tray whitening method: Opalescence.
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 a day. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. However, there is a risk of tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended even for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, but in these severe cases 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 for touch-ups
The end results is whiter teeth for everyone. To conteract post-treatment sensitivity, it is recommended to have an in-office professional strength fluoride treatment after whitening is complete.
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.
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 to three 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 esthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
MTM Clear Aligner
We are excited to announce that we will be providing a new service to our patients. We now offer an option for straighter teeth without typical braces.
Clear Aligner will straighten your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible custom-molded aligners. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Clear Aligner 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.
Ask for your free Clear Aligner consultation the next time you are in for your dental appointment to see if this is an option for you.