COSMETIC DENTISTRY is a term that is used quite freely these days. New techniques, materials and technology have changed the way we think about improving our smiles, and it is often easy and very affordable. Cosmetic dentistry is restorative dentistry of the highest quality, with artistry and aesthetics at the forefront. Some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures are teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and bonding/tooth colored fillings.
- Teeth Whitening is simple, painless, affordable, and can offer dramatic results! Many things can impact an individual’s tooth color; genetics, eating and drinking habits, previous or current drug therapy and smoking, are among the most common causes. Daily brushing and flossing helps to remove superficial staining of tooth enamel, but the other factors mentioned, along with age, cause everyone’s teeth to yellow or darken. Dental Health Associates offers take-home tooth whitening which involves several office visits. We make trays for your upper and/or lower arches that fit your teeth exactly, give you a supply of whitening gel, and monitor your progress through several brief office visits.
- Porcelain Veneers offer incredible transformations without taking way a significant amount of your tooth structure. This is a wonderful option if your teeth are healthy and your goal is to enhance the beauty of your smile! Porcelain veneers are a strong and extremely natural look cosmetic option, involving only a couple of office visits. Once you have consulted with our doctors and decided what look you want to achieve, your teeth will be prepared by removing only a thin layer of enamel and slightly etching the surface of the teeth to prepare and make room for the enamel veneer. Photographs and measurements are taken and a temporary veneer is placed while your new ‘teeth’ are created in a laboratory. On your next visit, our doctors will place your permanent veneers and you will leave with a beautiful new smile that requires only regular flossing and brushing – just like your natural teeth.
- Tooth Colored Fillings are a wonderful solution when you may need small fillings near the front of your mouth that will show, as well as for larger restorations and the replacement of old ‘silver’ or amalgam fillings. Tooth colored fillings can be matched to your own tooth enamel, yet the filling procedure is much like the old filling procedure. The two major differences with the tooth colored filling is that the composite resin material is completely metal and mercury free, and the material is actually bonded to your teeth, rather than packed into the tooth. The results are a very aesthetically pleasing and extremely strong, long-lasting restoration.