Crowns, commonly referred to as caps, are a procedure that includes the reshaping of an entire tooth, reducing it in size by approximately 25%, then covering it with a natural-appearing, porcelain crown. A dental crown can be used to replace a chipped, broken, decayed, misaligned, or discolored tooth. It can add strength and color stability to otherwise compromised teeth. In our office, in most cases, we utilize Cerec technology to create life-like porcelain crowns in a single visit. Click here to see how this impressive technology works.
Tooth veneers are a very thin shield of ceramic or poly-ceramic material placed on the facial surface of a tooth. Think of it similar to how a false fingernail works. Dental veneers are a very conservative approach to cosmetic dentistry, as the need to reduce or reshape natural tooth structure is minimal, but can have a very dramatic improvement in your smile. Its like getting a brand new smile. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. Veneers are made by a dental technician, usually in a dental lab, working from a model provided by your dentist.
Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners (retainers) to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. Invisalign® has been proven effective in clinical research and in over 100,000 patients nationwide.
You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. Think about it — a smile can hardly be perfect if it's not a healthy one. Fortunately, with Invisalign®, having a confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in
How does full smile rehabilitation or reconstruction differ from smile makeover? A smile makeover is something that you elect to have performed, while a full mouth reconstruction is something that you need. Patients suffering from bite issues (occlusion) such as TMJ disorder, worn teeth from grinding or bite problems, need treatment for the source of the issue, and then cosmetic and foundational treatments to treat the resulting dental damage.
It is also important to note that a smile makeover – though performed primarily to improve the esthetic appearance of the smile – requires the use of clinically proven dental materials and treatment techniques, as well as exceptional knowledge, training and skill on the part of the dentist. Many of the same techniques and equipment used for full mouth rehabilitation and reconstruction are also used to ensure the success and long-term stability of smile makeover treatments.