- Teeth Whitening
- Invisalign® Clear Braces
- Crown Lengthening
- Veneers and Lumineers
- Dental Bonding
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for tooth whitening:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
- Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does tooth whitening involve?
This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
Before & After
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Invisalign® is a virtually invisible way to straighten teeth and give you the beautiful smile you have always wanted. Straight, properly aligned teeth not only look great but are easier to keep clean and promote optimum oral health. For some patients, unresolved localized areas of gum inflammation and bone loss due to crowded teeth can be resolved by correcting the position of the teeth.
Traditional bracesBBraces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper position. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are: the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main arch wire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. The arch wire gradually supports the brackets to straighten and level your bite. The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move your teeth, achieving an ideal alignment and bite. Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth.
Retainer is a device that holds the position of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. Without a retainer, your teeth will gradually shift back toward their original position. For that reason, it is absolutely necessary to wear your retainers if you want to preserve that beautiful smile you paid so much for. There are three types of retainers: Hawley retainer, plastic retainer, and fixed retainer. Hawley retainers are basically metal wires that surround your front teeth. Plastic retainers are made of clear plastics called polyvinylchloride. They are similar to Invisalign aligners, but they are made stronger to provide longer life expectancy. Fixed retainers are metal bars bonded on the tongue side of your front teeth. The metal bar is what holds your teeth in place. Generally, lingual bar is only placed on the lower teeth, so it does not retain the position of your upper teeth. It is not removable by the patient, so you will need to visit a dentist if you need to remove it for any reason.
- We can also place a bonded filling into your back teeth which will make an amalgam filling a thing of the past.