Our offices provide custom made bleaching trays for convenience
at home use. A special whitening gel is placed in the trays,
and they are worn from two to four hours (for 10-14 days)
to lighten stained or discolored teeth. The trays offer
a stronger and more accurate treatment than conventional
over the counter products.
Bonding is an in-office procedure that can improve the appearance
of the teeth and restore function. Bonding can be used to
repair fractured, chipped, and broken teeth, to close small
spaces between teeth, or to reshape teeth. A tooth-colored
resin material is directly applied ('bonded') to the tooth.
This same procedure is used for "white fillings." Bonding
usually requires one visit.
Porcelain veneers can greatly enhance the appearance of
a smile. Veneers allow us to change the shape, color, and
contours of teeth. In cases of minor tooth misalignment,
veneers can be used to create the appearance of straight
teeth. Veneers usually require minimal reduction of the tooth
surface, and they are fabricated by a dental laboratory.
A veneer is actually a thin facing of porcelain that is bonded
to the surface of a prepared tooth. Porcelain veneers are
a wonderful option for creating a very esthetic, beautiful
A crown can be all-ceramic (metal-free), porcelain and metal,
or all-metal (gold crown,) and your dentist will help you
decide which crown is appropriate for your particular needs.
A crown covers the entire tooth visible over the gum line,
enclosing the damaged tooth completely. This is different
than a filling, which is essentially placed "in" a
portion of the tooth. A crown is used to restore a tooth
to its original shape, reinforce and strengthen a tooth,
or to improve its appearance.
Periodontal Plastic Surgery
This procedure includes reshaping the gum line to enhance
the appearance of the teeth. When appropriate, the gum
line is altered to reveal more tooth structure to create
a brighter smile. In other cases, gums and the underlying
bone are shaped to cover indentations caused by missing
teeth. For receding gums, the exposed tooth root is covered
with grafted gum tissue to prevent tooth sensitivity and
decay as well as improve appearance.
Smile Analysis (Root and Gum Coverage)
Smile is not just a matter of pearly white teeth. It
is also shaped by the gums of the mouth and can be affected
by receding gums, exposed roots or gums which cover too
much of the teeth and give a “gummy smile”.
By examining the factors that create your smile, the trained
professional can take these and other factors into consideration
and prescribe a course of treatment that will be best for
your smile and oral health.