Cosmetic Dental Veneers can change a less-than-perfect smile in just a couple of visits and you will love the new look! Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells that cover the front surface of the teeth to improve their appearance. By doing some planning, we can actually predict the “before and after” look prior to actually working on any tooth. That way, you know exactly what is coming before any of the work is done.
Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. We have various options to whiten your smile and would be happy to recommend one that best suits your goals.
If you chipped a tooth eating or playing, or you want to have a gap in your teeth closed, bonding can be the solution you are looking for.
Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth.
Preventative and Restorative Care
The way to maintain a healthy smile is to regularly receive professional oral cleanings, to complement the daily flossing and brushing that you do at home. We have excellent, experienced, and caring Dental Hygienists that will dedicate the time needed to perform a complete and thorough cleaning. The dentist will also check for any initial problems that might be developing, in order to avoid bigger problems down the road.
Patients should avoid bigger dental issues, such as gum disease and cavities, by undergoing prophylactic dental cleanings and screenings twice a year.
Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a tooth colored material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where decay occurs most often.
Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to remove food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food. We are happy to evaluate the need for sealants on an individual case. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of restoration.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist performs a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.
By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Some materials used for fillings include metal, porcelain, or most popular, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings).