Protect Your Smile with Orthodontics and Cosmetic/ Aesthetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

As you get older, years of consuming certain foods and beverages can cause discoloration on the tooth enamel. If stained teeth are causing you to smile less often, you may be a good candidate for teeth whitening.

 

Visiting an experienced dental bleaching dentist is the best way to whiten your teeth quickly and safely. Dentists use a highly concentrated bleaching gel, which produces results that are visible that same day. Plus, the procedure is carefully monitored, eliminating the risk of gum irritation or other complications. If you’ve experienced discoloration due to food or beverage use, give us a call to learn more about our teeth whitening services.

 

Professional Results with Teeth Whitening at Home

Achieving a gleaming smile in the comfort of your home is possible with an at-home teeth whitening treatment. One of our dentists will create a customized teeth whitening kit using impressions of your teeth and a professional-grade bleaching gel. When you wear the trays for one hour per day for two weeks, your teeth may become up to six shades brighter.

 

In-Office Teeth Whitening vs. Drugstore Products

If your goal is to achieve a brighter smile, you’ve probably noticed the array of teeth whitening products available at many drugstores. While these products can produce slight results, their formulas are not as powerful as those administered by a dentist. Plus, using drugstore products improperly can damage the gum line. Avoid the risk of gum irritation and receive even, lasting results by visiting an experienced teeth whitening dentist.

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Aligners (Invisalign® or Clear Correct) 

 

If you are unhappy with the aesthetics of your smile but don’t want the hassle of traditional braces, Invisalign® aligners offer an affordable alternative. 

 

What Is the Difference Between Invisalign Aligners and Braces?

Aligners are clear plastic trays, similar to teeth whitening trays, that are worn over the teeth. As with braces, the aligners place pressure on the teeth to gradually reposition them over time. The advantage is that there are no brackets and wires, which means that Invisalign treatment is comfortable and discreet. All that you have to do is switch to the next set of aligners in the series according to your dentist’s instructions.

 

Where Do I Find Invisalign Dentists?

Invisalign dentists are orthodontists or general dentists who have training and experience in orthodontic treatment using aligners. Our Invisalign dentists can help you determine if aligners are the right treatment choice for you and devise a treatment plan that will get you a straighter smile in as short a time as possible.

 

The Invisalign vs Braces Dilemma

Making the choice between Invisalign and traditional braces can seem overwhelming. Aligners are an effective orthodontic treatment for adults and teens with mild to moderate orthodontic issues. If you have complex or severe orthodontic problems, braces may provide you with faster and more effective results. During your initial consultation, our dentist will go over all of your treatment options so that you can make the right Invisalign vs braces choice.

 

Life with Invisalign

Since you only have to visit the dentist every four to six weeks, aligners are a great choice for busy adults. The trays are removable, so there are no off-limit foods. Since there are no brackets and wires to get in the way, brushing and flossing are easy. 

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Cosmetic Dentistry Services

 

Do you try to avoid smiling due to the appearance of your teeth? Are you self-conscious when it’s time to take a photo? If so, you may be able to boost your confidence with a smile makeover from our office. At our practice, we provide budget-friendly cosmetic dentistry that can transform and “Totally Protect” your smile. 

 

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Specialized Dentistry?

Most people see a general dentist each year for preventive care like oral cancer screenings and professional hygiene services. A cosmetic dentist provides solutions that correct aesthetic flaws like discoloration, cracked teeth, or even minor alignment problems. Cosmetic dentistry procedures are often considered elective, but they can make an enormous impact on your self-esteem. 

 

What Services Are Offered by a Cosmetic Dentist?

Cosmetic dentistry includes any service or surgery that improves the look of a patient’s teeth or gums. Teeth whitening treatments, repair of chips and unevenness, and placing dental implants are all examples of cosmetic dentistry services. If you’re wondering what changes are possible with dental cosmetics, take a look at the list of services below:

 

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Porcelain Veneers

The porcelain veneers procedure can correct minor flaws in the appearance of your teeth so that you can smile with confidence. 

 

How Does a Porcelain Veneer Work?

Porcelain veneers are made from thin layers of dental-grade porcelain. Veneers porcelain is similar in strength to your own tooth enamel, so it is strong enough to withstand normal chewing. The porcelain veneer covers the front surface of the tooth to mask any aesthetic flaws. Veneers are suitable for patients with dental issues, such as:

 

small gaps and tooth alignment issues,

discolored teeth,

chipped teeth,

teeth that are out of proportion to the face in size or shape, and

teeth that are worn down because of teeth clenching or grinding.

 

Is There a Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Porcelain Crowns?

Veneers and crowns are made from the same material, but they work in slightly different ways. A veneer just covers the front surface of the tooth. This means that the underlying tooth needs to be in relatively good condition. A crown, on the other hand, covers the entire tooth and is typically used to reinforce a tooth that is structurally compromised by decay or other issues. Crowns are often used on the back teeth since they bear more pressure than the front teeth when chewing. Because crowns cover the entire tooth, they are sometimes referred to as porcelain teeth. Your veneers, just like natural teeth, should last decades with twice-daily brushing and daily flossing.

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