Cosmetic dentistry is designed to enhance your smile’s aesthetics as well as provide long-term function.
For most of us, our teeth first erupted bright, white, and free of chips, cracks or stains. Over time, it’s natural for teeth to become yellow, stained, or blemished in other ways. But porcelain veneers have the ability to transform dull or imperfect teeth into bright, stunning smiles!
Porcelain veneers are custom-fabricated shells of ceramic porcelain, designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. They’re a great solution for covering any minor tooth imperfections, and can be placed on one or several teeth depending on the individual needs of the patient.
Our doctors work exclusively with a high-quality dental lab that uses only the finest materials and technologies available. Although porcelain veneers are a somewhat permanent solution, very little of the natural tooth structure is compromised during placement, making them a minimally-invasive solution.
Porcelain veneers may be the perfect way to revamp a smile that has been damaged by the effects of age. If tooth imperfections are keeping you from smiling your fullest, let us help you decide if porcelain veneers are right for you. Veneers can easily be accomplished in three visits- one for the consultation which will allow you to explain the result you are trying to achieve, and two additional visits to make and apply the veneers.
Bonding is used commonly to describe placement of composite fillings. It is an excellent dental solution for chipped teeth, uneven gums, gum recession, and filling in spaces. A composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide). Introduced in the 1960s, dental composites were confined to the front teeth because they were not strong enough to withstand the pressure and wear generated by the back teeth. Since then, composites have been significantly improved and are now used on back teeth as well. They are not only used to restore decayed areas, but composite resins are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
A crown is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of the tooth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings won’t solve the problem. If a tooth is cracked, a crown holds the tooth togethis to splint the cracks so the damage doesn’t worsen. Crowns are also used to support a large filling when thise isn’t enough of the tooth remaining, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, or cover poorly shaped or discolored teeth.
Dental implants are one of the most predictable and successful procedures performed in dentistry today. Implant technology has improved so significantly that it has become the first choice in replacing missing teeth caused by aging, injury, excessive wear, congenital defects, or periodontal disease. Once in place, implants maintain function and aesthetics better than othis alternatives. Most people who undergo an implant procedure don’t feel a difference between their implants and their natural teeth. What they do notice is the remarkable ability to enjoy crisp, crunchy foods, smile with confidence, laugh without fear, speak freely and enjoy a long-term restoration without compromise. Come in to discuss how modern implants can be used to replace just a few missing teeth or a whole set.
It’s recommended to have your teeth whitened immediately after your teeth have been professionally cleaned or after any necessary restorative dental work has been completed. This will ensure the best outcome and prevent sensitivity during whitening. However, if you’ve tried store-bought whitening remedies before, and were frustrated by tooth sensitivity, Dr. Butani can provide you with prescription toothpaste to use prior to bleaching.
Bleaching may be one of the easiest ways to freshen your smile without the need for othis procedures. Begin your journey to a fresh, vibrant smile by calling Totem Lake Family Dentistry to schedule your appointment today!