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Cosmetic dentistry   is  that form of dentistry that corrects imperfections in the appearance of the teeth. The upper teeth usually
only show when smiling, while the lower teeth are covered by the lower lip. This is reversed when talking, whereby the upper teeth are covered by the upper lip and the lower teeth show more. 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, re-contouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding and ceramic/porcelain crowns.

This is the procedure of making teeth whiter. Our office uses several methods, individually tailored for each case. Be sure to discuss this with our staff and determine what is best for you.

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, or overnight. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. Three different strengths of gel may be used. However, the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for heavily stained teeth. There is also a maintenance protocol that we recommend to prevent staining of whitened teeth.

A veneer is a thin tooth-colored covering that is bonded onto the outside (visible area) of the tooth.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 in 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, with a greater
esthetic choice in color-matching.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that no or much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers may be recommended for teeth that have large fillings, but sufficient tooth structure remaining. If there is insufficient tooth structure, a crown may be recommended.

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