Porcelain Veneers – Many cosmetic problems can be resolved with the use of porcelain veneers. Things like chips, gaps and stains can all be corrected with veneers. The process takes two visits, separated by approximately three weeks. We will first prepare the tooth or teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel from the front and side surfaces. Then we will take an impression of the prepared area which is sent to a laboratory where the veneer will be made. The second visit simply involves bonding the veneer into place. Although porcelain veneers are very strong and resist future discoloration and chipping, they are not ideal for patients with severe bite problems or for those who grind their teeth.
Bonding – By using a composite resin (tooth colored plastic), bonding can be a less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers (see porcelain veneers). The procedure is similar, however a laboratory is not involved. Chips, gaps and stains can all be corrected with bonding which then gives the patient a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Bonding is not a permanent solution, however, as it is not as strong as porcelain veneers. Depending on your oral habits it can last up to ten years or more, before requiring a new treatment.
Bleaching – The most popular technique in recent years to create a whiter, brighter smile has been cosmetic bleaching. We offer an at-home bleaching system. Patients who do the at-home system will come in for a couple of visits. During the first visit we take impressions of the top and bottom teeth; this is what we use to make the custom fit bleaching trays. At the next visit, we will deliver the trays, which hold the bleaching gel, and deliver the bleaching material itself. The patient then wears the trays for one half hour every day and the process is usually complete within two to three weeks.
Contouring – Contouring can be used when a patient wants to change either an uneven height of their gumline or to reshape the physical appearance of a tooth or teeth. Examples of reshaping might be making small teeth larger, large teeth smaller or perhaps square teeth round. We can also use a simple procedure known as “electro-surgery” which removes excess tissue, thereby creating an even appearance at the gumline. Whatever method is needed, the goal is to create an overall proportionate look to the smile.
Orthodontics – (please see section on orthodontics for further detail)