Cosmetic Dentistry Services to Help You Smile with Confidence
With our cosmetic dentistry services, we can will help you find a solution to regain the confidence in your smile. We can help you brighten your smile, fill in gaps between your teeth, change their shape, size or color and lot more. Once we understand what aspects about your smile you are unhappy with and would like to improve, we will discuss different treatment options, pros and cons so you can make an informed decision towards getting your smile look more natural and healthier.
Teeth Whitening With Custom Trays to Brighten Your Smile
If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, whitening can be used to brighten up your smile. There are several types of teeth whitening options – from over-the-counter whitening trays or strips to professional solutions done at the dentist office using different methods such as custom trays. We strongly recommend the latter as it is much more effective than take-home or store-bought solutions due to the stronger, medical grade peroxide that we use that can make your teeth brighter within an hour and can be done right after your dental cleaning.
Before starting the whitening process, we will clean your teeth and complete an exam to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening and that are no other existing dental problems and more urgent treatments like decay or gum disease that need to be done first. If any are identified, we will suggest a proper treatment schedule. During the whitening appointment, we will make your custom trays that will hold the whitening gel against your teeth.
After taking an impression of your teeth, we will use molds to make the trays. These trays are yours to keep and can be used whenever you would like an additional whitening. Whitening gel will be placed into the tray and then fitted onto your teeth. We will show you how to perform additional applications of the gel at home.
Dental Bonding For Restoring and Reshaping Your Teeth
Dental bonding is minimally invasive procedure that uses tooth-colored composite resin material to restore teeth that are worn, chipped, discolored or have an unwanted size or shape. Chairside composite dental bondings are a simplified version of laboratory processed ceramic veneers. Unlike ceramic or porcelain veneers, bonding can be done in a single visit usually with minimal or no local anesthesia and little to no pain during or after the procedure. Given the strength of the bond and ability to select shades that closely mimic natural teeth, bonding is an effective cosmetic treatment to reshape your teeth and relatively inexpensive alternative to porcelain veneers.
In short, dental bondings may be used to:
- Fill in a small gap between two teeth
- Repair decayed teeth by filling a cavity with tooth-colored resin
- Change the shape of a tooth
- Repair chips or cracks in teeth
- Cover up discoloration
- Protect the root of a tooth after it has been exposed by receding gums
- Make a tooth look larger than it is which is usually done to make it match the other teeth
Porcelain Veneers For Picture-Perfect Smile
Porcelain veneers are versatile and ideal cosmetic solution for everyone who desires a beautiful smile with minimal invasions into their teeth. We can improve your facial appearance and boost your confidence with dental veneers by hiding your natural teeth behind a very thin layer of porcelain. Veneers can be used to treat a variety of cosmetic issues such as changing the shape, size, color and symmetry of your teeth and smile. They cover the front surface of a tooth, and are typically done to improve the appearance of your smile. They are strong and less prone to staining from coffee, tea, red wine than natural enamel. With proper care they can last for a long time.
This treatment usually requires multiple appointments to complete. At your first appointment, Dr. Tufa will take an impression of your teeth. A dental laboratory will create a model of your mouth, which will be used to create your temporary and final veneers. During your next visit, your teeth are prepared for the veneers. A second impression is taken, and temporary veneers are placed over your teeth until the final ones are ready.
During your final appointment, Dr. Tufa will remove the temporary veneers and bond the final veneers into place. Your teeth will be restored to optimal shape and function, and your smile will be greatly improved.
Click on the video from Spear Education to see a visual presentation of this process.