Many patients are interested in improving the appearance of their smile. Prosthodontists are the dental specialists who long ago determined what constitutes a pleasing smile. Teeth whitening, reshaping natural teeth, bonding of tooth-colored material to teeth and porcelain veneers are procedures commonly used to modify a smile.
Invisalign is a proven technology designed to straighten teeth using a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for approximately two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Teeth gradually move with each set of aligners. The average treatment time is one year.
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is damaged by decay, cracks, and fractures. The damaged portion of the tooth is removed and filled with a composite filling. Composite fillings are prepared to match the color of the teeth to maintain a natural look.
A porcelain onlay, sometimes referred to as a partial crown, is a custom filling made from porcelain. Porcelain onlays resemble the natural tooth and are cemented onto the tooth to repair large defective fillings or damage caused by decay or trauma. An onlay covers only the parts of the tooth that are damaged. Unlike a crown, onlays do not go down to the gumline; therefore, leaving more of the natural tooth.
Porcelain Crowns (caps)
Crowns cover or cap a tooth in order to restore the normal function and appearance of the tooth. Crowns may be made as all metal, porcelain fused to metal, or all-ceramic (porcelain). Crowns are indicated for teeth with very large fillings, teeth that have had a root canal, fractured teeth, and misshapen and/or discolored teeth.
Deep Bleaching is one of the most up-to-date teeth bleaching techniques to restore bright smiles to their fullest, even those who have suffered from congenital conditions such as tetracycline staining. The procedure involves two power bleaching appointments one week apart with a home tray to be used between appointments.
Many products are now available for patients to whiten their teeth. These products include commercially available strips, custom fabricated trays with a bleaching gel, or bleaching in a dental office using UV light or laser as the catalyst.
Porcelain veneers are used to modify the shape and color of teeth. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are etched and then bonded to the enamel of the teeth. Tooth preparation is necessary but it is limited to the enamel and usually involves only a few surfaces of the tooth. This is done to avoid over bulking of the tooth.