In a study completed by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, researchers found that 9 out of 10 patients agree that an attractive smile is an important asset. They also found that 75% of Americans agree that an unattractive smile can hurt an applicant’s chance for career success. Having a smile you love can increase your confidence and boost your self-image. If you are unhappy with your smile, you may be surprised to know that modern cosmetic dentistry offers many solutions to common aesthetic problems. Our office provides the full spectrum of cosmetic dentistry to our patients. Whether you are seeking simple tooth whitening or to repair crooked or damaged teeth, we can help you to achieve a more attractive smile.
Porcelain Veneers are artistically designed custom thin porcelain layers that are bonded on to teeth to create straight, healthy looking teeth without the use of orthodontics. It is usually a 2 visit procedure. During the first visit the dentist removes a small amount of the enamel & takes an impression, which is sent to our highly qualified technicians who design the Custom Veneers. It usually takes 10-14 days for the Veneers to be back. During this period the patient wears temporary Veneers that are custom crafted by the dentist.
In the past, cavities could only be treated with dark or gold metal fillings that are alloys. These fillings, especially when close to the front of the mouth, are highly noticeable and unaesthetic. Sometimes, the filling is so large that it causes discoloration of the entire tooth. These fillings (or restorations) can weaken teeth due to the large amount of the original tooth that had to be removed in order to retain the filling. Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to tooth colored or composite fillings as a strong and more natural looking alternative. Composite fillings utilize a tooth colored resin with fillers that is hardened with a blue light.
Replacing large fillings in back teeth often requires stronger, more precisely contoured restorations. These are called inlays or onlays depending on whether they are being placed inside the tooth or on its outer surface. These restorations need to be custom-made at an off-site dental lab; therefore, two visits will be required. Once the dental office receives the custom inlay or onlay, the patient returns to the dentist's office, where the restorations are bonded into place.
Onlays and 3/4 crownsprotect teeth similarly to full crowns, but conserve more natural tooth structure. Onlays should provide decades of service. Dr. Tracy has restored beauty and function to the teeth of many patients through the placement of custom-crafted inlays, onlays and 3/4 crowns.
As we age, our teeth lose the brilliant whiteness that implies good dental health and youth. The unsightly stains associated with tobacco, dark liquids, and other factors can leave us feeling less-than-confident about our smiles. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this dental problem: cosmetic tooth whitening. Our practice provides convenient, take-home tooth-whitening programs and in-office ZOOM! tooth whitening to our patients.In-Office Tooth Whitening
The ZOOM! Chairside Whitening system is a scientifically advanced, tooth whitening procedure. It is a safe and effective procedure. Your teeth will become dramatically whiter in less than hour! It is an ideal procedure for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of ZOOM! in comparison to days of wearing trays or strips makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.Procedure
The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. The ZOOM! clinician then applies the proprietary ZOOM! whitening gel, which is designed to be used with a specially designed light. The ZOOM! light and gel work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discoloration.
The complete procedure takes less than an hour. Following the preparation period, three cycles of 15 minutes each totally to 45 minutes completes the procedure.Take-home Tooth Whitening
These kits contain a customized tray that is made from custom molds of your teeth and whitening gel made of hydrogen peroxide. The patient usually wears the trays and gel for approximately thirty minutes two times per day until their teeth have reached the desired shade.FAQ’s
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. It is not recommended to children under the age of 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.How long do the results last?
To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily along with regular professional cleaning. Occasional touch ups with the specially designed touch up kits help keep your teeth their brightest. These touch up kits can be purchased at the office. It should be noted that tooth whitening treatments have no effect on the artificial materials used for bonds, veneers, or capped teeth.How does the ZOOM! in office system work?
Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in the whitening gel. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching the colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.The ZOOM! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and increases the effectiveness of the whitening gel.Are there any side effects?
Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The ZOOM! light generates minimal heat which may be the source of discomfort. Minor tingling sensation may be experienced after the procedure which may last for a couple of days, but will always dissipate. Your dentist may recommend the application of a flouride gel after the procedure to relieve the symptoms.Take your first step to feeling good, looking great and making a memorable impression every time you smile. You owe it to yourself!
If you ever had the notion that dental crowns are
conspicuous and unattractive, then you've never noticed a
beautifully crafted all-porcelain crown.
Compared to older porcelain fused to metal crowns, all-porcelain crowns have a natural appearance in terms of color and contour. When done properly, crowns should be extremely difficult to distinguish from natural teeth. With all-porcelain crowns, no dark lines are apparent at the gum line.
There are different kinds of Porcelain Crowns. Your Dentist will decide which is right for you depending on the color of your tooth.
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