Very few people are born with perfect teeth, but we can help anyone obtain a beautiful, healthy smile. Both Dr. Keith and Dr. Fisher continue to study the latest in dental aesthetics. Not only will we design the perfect smile for you, but we will take the time to tell you what we’re going to do and answer your questions. If you want to remake your smile, we have a complete line of cosmetic dentistry services.
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Tooth Colored Fillings
If you're embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark fillings in your teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite resins can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins represent several advantages over traditional silver, or amalgam, fillings.
Because composite resins are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another pro is that the tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Medium and small composites can last seven to ten years - that's as long as the tried and true amalgams. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in conservative dentistry - the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you'll likely have in the future.
Some patients experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from composite resin fillings. The only caution we usually mention is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolor your composites unless you ask to have them coated with a clear plastic sealant.
Are you proud of your smile? Do you look at magazine models and television stars wishing you had the same confident grin they have? If your front teeth are discolored and stained, chipped, cracked, slightly misaligned, or have metal fillings, consider veneers. Made from thin sheaths of porcelain layered atop each other, veneers can completely cover the front of your teeth to create a perfectly shaped, dazzlingly white, absolutely gorgeous smile. The most modern veneers look completely natural, too.
After a comprehensive exam, we will develop a cosmetic plan to make your weak smile strong. Veneers, also called laminates, are long lasting, stain resistant, and require only two visits for the complete treatment. In fact, you'll leave the first appointment with a set of temporary veneers while your custom final veneers are being crafted at a lab. A popular brand of veneers is Lumineers because they require no tooth reduction and are reversible.
To see what your smile would look like with veneers, we recommend you review our before and after cases, request a diagnostic wax up, or ask us about digital imaging, a computer program that will create an image of you with your new veneers. These tools can help you decide if veneers would be a good choice for your smile. Because we custom craft each patient's veneers, you can choose the shape, color, and style that best compliments your appearance and the image you want to achieve.
Dental care for veneers is no different from regular dental care. Clean and floss your new smile daily, visit us regularly for professional care and maintenance, and consider wearing a night-guard to prevent teeth grinding while you sleep. If you're ready for a smile that can boost your self confidence and enhance your image, ask us about veneers today.
Have you noticed that people at the office, your neighbors, and even some of your family members have amazingly white teeth? Do you want a set of pearly whites that rivals those of a Hollywood star? You deserve to express your inner beauty to the world with confidence, and we'd love to help you!
Professional-grade teeth whitening, an effective way to brighten smiles, takes less than an hour with in-office treatment. The simple procedure requires no anesthesia, and it's perfectly safe. After preparing your mouth, we will apply a gel to your teeth and activate the whitening process with a special light. You'll leave our office with a smile that's up to 10 shades whiter.
You may prefer to whiten at home, and we can help with that, too. We'll create custom trays to make home whitening comfortable. Each night for a week or two you'll need to apply our professional-grade whitening gel to the trays, and then wear them at night. Within just a few days, you'll notice a difference, and by the time treatment is complete, you'll smile with confidence. Take-home trays can also touch up and maintain in-office whitening.
Most patients will experience dramatic results with either teeth whitening method, though not all discolorations can be lightened with the treatment. Whitening treatments are most successful in removing yellow, brown, or orange tinges incurred from aging, coffee, tea, or smoking. However, dark gray tones from fluorosis, smoking, or tetracycline use may not whiten as dramatically; artificial materials such as silicants or porcelains do not whiten at all. Patients with sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or worn enamel typically do not respond well to whitening. For these cases, cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers may provide the best solution for a movie-star smile.
If you have a chipped, slightly misaligned, or otherwise imperfect tooth that needs cosmetic restoration, we may suggest one-appointment bonding. The dentist can apply liquid composite resin, shaded to blend with your tooth's color, to rebuild a pleasing shape to your tooth. After hardening the resin with a curing light, he will artistically sculpt and polish the restoration. In just one visit, you can enjoy a beautiful new smile! Cosmetic bonding can be a viable, affordable alternative to porcelain veneers, but it lasts only 5 to 10 years with proper care. Bonding will not discolor as your natural tooth enamel will, so touch-up teeth whitening may be required to keep your natural teeth the same shade as the bonded area.
All Porcelain Crowns, Onlays and Inlays
If you're self-conscious about cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with dental crowns, also called caps. A crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. Designed to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, a crown will protect your tooth from further damage and preserve the jaw's correct natural alignment.
We use precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-porcelain crowns. To maintain a fully white smile, we recommend all-ceramic crowns. Our precise color-matching system allows us to find the right shade of porcelain to blend with your natural tooth color. Porcelain crowns are also extremely durable and long lasting, and these benefits make them popular with dentists as well as patients.
Typically, we can design, fit, and place your crowns in just a couple of short appointments. Once a crown is placed, you can care for it as you do your natural teeth. Conscientious brushing twice a day and daily flossing will protect the base of your crown from bacterial growth. Be sure to see us at least two times each year for professional cleanings and a preventive exam, too.