People are become increasingly more aware of the benefits of having a beautiful, healthy smile. Aesthetically pleasing teeth not only improve the appearance of your smile but also your overall facial appearance. A natural, beautiful smile boosts confidence and self-esteem leading to a more productive and fulfilling life. At Davis Dental, we are committed to rebuilding smiles that look beautiful, natural, and that bring out your best features.
Porcelain Crowns and Veneers
There was a time in dentistry when is was difficult to restore teeth to a natural appearance. Gold crowns and crowns with a metal substructure made it impossible to restore teeth to their original appearance and porcelain crowns were brittle and would chip easily. Technology has improved significantly since then. Porcelain crowns and veneers today are not only much stronger and more durable, but they are very aesthetic, mimicking the properties of natural teeth. With these advancements, it is now possible to restore teeth to their natural appearance and in many cases to improve the appearance of your smile. Crowns and veneers are not only used to restore broken, chipped, or decayed teeth, but can also be used to correct crooked, malaligned, worn, dark, or stained teeth and teeth with spaces or gaps inbetween them.
Minimally Invasive Solutions
One of the more exciting developments in dentistry is that of minimally invasive, air-abrasion technology. New techniques in bonding, dyes, lights and magnification make it possible to remove decayed areas precisely, leave more healthy tooth intact, and seal the tooth with a strong, natural-looking filling. Using a stream of air that contains tiny aluminum oxide particles (“air abrasion”) allows procedures to be performed with no drill, less pain and bleeding, and, most of the time, no anesthesia shot.
Dental bonding can improve the appearance of chipped, broken, cracked and stained teeth and fill in spaces between teeth. Dentists apply a thin layer of tooth-colored composite resin to the teeth to restore chips and cracks, fill in gaps or cover stains, and provide patients with a more attractive and functional smile.
First, a thin layer of plastic material is applied to the tooth’s surface. Then the dentist sculpts the bonding material to the desired shape and bonds it to the tooth using a special light. The bonding material comes in many colors so it will be possible to match the shade of your teeth. Once the plastic has hardened, it is polished until it is entirely smooth. The dental bonding procedure takes one to two hours and its results last about 10 years.
The filling of dental cavities with unsightly metal alloys has been performed throughout the history of dentistry. Contemporary fillings, however, are usually “tooth” colored and practically invisible to the untrained eye. These tooth-colored fillings can be used to replace old and worn silver amalgam, gold or other metal fillings for aesthetic purposes.
These new substances have a white hue and can be made from several different origins such as composite resin, glass ionomer cement (GIC) and porcelain ceramics. These materials are very resilient and long lasting in addition to their visual advantages, but can become discolored over time. Just like metal fillings, these can be set and cured within one visit to the dentist, although they may take a little bit longer.
Tooth-colored fillings are priced similarly to metallic alloys; they tend to be less expensive than precious metals but more costly than common metals.
Teeth bleaching products brighten teeth that have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco use, age or injury. There are a variety of in-office and take-home teeth whitening products to reduce or eliminate such stains.
In-office bleaching, also called chairside bleaching, takes place over a series of one-hour appointments. First, your teeth will be examined and cleaned to make sure there are no cavities, loose fillings, gum problems or other issues that may be exacerbated by the bleaching process. Then the bleaching gel, a hydrogen peroxide solution, is applied to your teeth, sometimes after another gel or rubber shield is fit over the gums to protect them.
Advantages of in-office teeth whitening include:
- Professional supervision
- Fast and convenient
- Safe and simple
There are two options available for take-home whitening: Custom-trays and Pre-loaded trays
For custom-trays, your first appointment will be making impressions. These impressions will be used to fabricate trays that fit only your teeth. At the second appointment you will be given your custom-trays and bleaching gel that comes in convenient dispensing syringes. Depending on the strength of the gel, you may wear the trays anywhere from 30 mins to overnight. Treatment usually lasts about 2 weeks.
Pre-loaded trays come in packages of 10 and are already filled with bleaching gel. They don’t fit your teeth as well as the custom trays, but they are convenient, easy to use, and are a cheaper option to getting a great result.