Smile makeovers, or “smile lifts,” rejuvenate and beautify the entire smile by correcting “gummy” smiles, gaps between teeth, and stained, yellowed, chipped, worn, uneven or missing teeth. The procedure widens and brightens the smile, providing support to the lips and helping make the entire face appear younger and healthier. At the initial consultation, patients will be able to see a computer generated “preview” of their new smile. A cast of your mouth will be made so the dentist can determine which treatments are best (i.e. whitening, bonding, veneers/laminates, crowns, inlays and onlays). In as little as one visit, patients can stop being self conscious and enjoy the freedom and
confidence of an attractive and natural smile.
Veneers are very thin, tooth-colored shells that are custom fit and bonded to the front of the teeth to give you a bright, white, even and attractive smile. Commonly made of composite (plastic) or porcelain, veneers make it possible to correct a variety of color and shape problems. Veneers can:
- Reduce or eliminate spaces between the teeth (diastemas)
- Repair broken or chipped teeth
- Whiten dark teeth, yellow teeth, permanently stained teeth or otherwise discolored teeth
- Correct misshapen or crooked teeth
- Close small holes or pits in teeth
- Improve the appearance of teeth that are too small, too big, or uneven
There are two kinds of veneers:
- Composite or direct veneers, where a special plastic is molded and bonded directly to the tooth in one appointment; and
- Porcelain or indirect veneers, where thin shells are custom made in a lab and applied to the teeth. These require two appointments: one for taking an impression, and a second for preparing the natural teeth and placing the veneers once they have been created. Lumineers are a new kind of porcelain veneers that are so thin they don’t require any tooth buffing before placement (see below).
What are the steps of porcelain veneer placement?
At your first appointment, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth so he or she can create veneers that are appropriate for your individual smile.
During your second appointment, the natural teeth that will be receiving veneers are “buffed” or “shaved” a very small amount to compensate for the added thickness of the veneers, so afterwards your teeth are the same size as they were before. Your dentist holds the veneers to your teeth to confirm that they’re the correct shape, size and color, and then he or she bonds the veneers in place with the help of an etching solution and a special light. The veneers will last for about 10-15 years. Oftentimes, it is possible to “try on” your veneers first with a temporary cement to see how they will look. Ask your dentist about this option.
The ZOOM!® chairside whitening system is a safe, effective and fast way to brighten your teeth in a single office visit. The ZOOM! procedure is much more convenient than wearing trays or strips, making it a great choice for our busy patients. ZOOM! is done in the office during one visit lasting 1-2 hours. At your appointment we apply a gentle, hydrogen peroxide based whitening gel to your teeth. The gel is then exposed to a high intensity light. After the treatment, your teeth will be up to 6-10 shades whiter. Dentist supervised whitening is one of the safest and most conservative cosmetic dental treatments available. The most common side effect is an increased tooth sensitivity to cold for 13 days after treatment.
Day White® is a low sensitivity daytime tooth whitener formulated exclusively for use in a patented dual barrel syringe. The whitening gel contains 7.5% – 9.5% hydrogen peroxide, as well as amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) and potassium nitrate to reduce sensitivity and increase gloss. In only 30 minutes twice a day, you will achieve the whiter smile you’ve always dreamed of!
Now you can enjoy the smile you have always wanted without the annoyance of metal in your mouth. No huge brackets darkening your smile. No irritated lips or cheeks. No worries about mouth injury while playing sports. Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Using advanced 3D computer imaging technology to project tooth movement, Invisalign® creates a series of clear, custom made aligners (repositioners) that gradually move your teeth. You wear each aligner for about 2 weeks, moving to the next set, until the goals you agreed upon with your dentist are reached.