Many cosmetic problems can be resolved with the use of porcelain veneers. Things like chips, gaps and stains can all be corrected with veneers. By utilizing the Cerec system, the process can typically be done start to finish in one visit. We will first prepare the tooth or teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel from the front and side surfaces. Then we will take a digital impression of the prepared area which the doctor uses to design the shape and size of the veneer. The veneer is then fabricated and bonded into place. Although porcelain veneers are very strong and resist future discoloration and chipping, they are not ideal for patients with severe bite problems or for those who grind their teeth. In those situations a full-coverage porcelain crown might be a better alternative. For additional information on crowns, please click here
By using a composite resin (tooth colored plastic), bonding can be a less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers or full-coverage crowns. Chips, gaps and stains can all be corrected with bonding which then gives the patient a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Bonding is not a permanent solution, however, as it is not as strong as porcelain veneers or crowns. Depending on your oral habits it can last up to ten years or more before requiring replacement.
The most popular technique in recent years to create a whiter, brighter smile has been cosmetic bleaching. Although in-office bleaching systems are available in some offices, our experience has shown that at-home whitening systems are less expensive for the patient and just as effective in the long-run. As a result we offer two at-home bleaching products; a custom-fit bleaching tray system and a preloaded tray system. The custom-fit trays require two visits; an appointment for impressions that are used to fabricate the trays and a second visit for delivery. The preloaded tray system can be picked up in-office and started that same day.
Contouring can be used when a patient wants to change either an uneven height of their gumline or to reshape the physical appearance of a tooth or teeth. Examples of reshaping might be making small teeth larger, large teeth smaller or perhaps square teeth round. We can also use a simple procedure using our Picasso soft tissue dental laser which removes excess tissue, thereby creating an even appearance at the gumline. Whatever method is needed, the goal is to create an overall proportionate look to the smile.