Do you have teeth that are stained or crooked? Are there gaps or overlapping teeth? Porcelain veneers can cover all of those problems (literally)!
Veneers are porcelain shells that are permanently cemented to the prepared surface of your natural tooth. They are as close to perfection as it comes, with a luminous appearance that looks like the enamel on your own teeth!
Transforming a badly damaged smile, where every tooth may need restoration or enhancement, is called a full-mouth restoration, and it is life-changing. It opens up possibilities for your job, your relationships, and every part of your life.
There are many reasons why a patient may need a full-mouth restoration:
- Lost teeth due to disease or accidents
- Injured or broken teeth
- Worn-down or deteriorated teeth from grinding (bruxism), or other causes
A full-mouth restoration will likely need multiple treatments to complete, such as restorative and cosmetic dentistry, treating any periodontal disease, and placing crowns or bridges. Our dentists will spend time examining and evaluating your health and your teeth, design a treatment plan, and discuss every detail with you before beginning.
When you need to have more of your tooth exposed to treat it below the gum, transform a gummy smile, or make your teeth and gums more symmetrical, our dentists can remove or reshape a small amount of the gum surrounding one or more teeth.
We perform crown lengthening (also called gum recontouring) with our soft-tissue laser in our Verona office. We can usually complete your crown lengthening/gum recontouring in one visit. We’ll apply a local anesthetic to the gums, then trim, shape, and seal the excess gum tissue. There is no bleeding, and you may experience only minor discomfort afterwards.
Composite bonding can do so many wonderful things to make your smile healthy and attractive. Our dentists use composite bonding to fill cavities, restore a chipped tooth, and use it as an alternative to veneers to mask stains and cracks.
The bonding material is a resin that has been dyed to match your natural tooth color. The resin is painted onto your tooth in thin layers, shaped and then dried with a high-intensity curing light one-by-one until the desired effect is achieved. Our dentists then smooth and polish the final product.
Not every change needs to be dramatic. In fact, unless there are significant dental problems, the best approach is a conservative one, making subtle changes to improve your smile. A good example of this is tooth recontouring.
Sometimes a tooth only needs a slight adjustment if it’s crooked or slightly overlaps another tooth and needs to be better aligned with the rest of your teeth. Tooth recontouring is a simple and painless process where our dentists remove tiny, thin slivers of tooth enamel one-by-one to improve the symmetry of your smile.
After completing the enamel removal, we’ll use a diamond burr to smooth and polish the surface. It’s not a long process and can usually be completed in one visit. It’s also painless.
We’ll only recommend tooth recontouring if you have sufficient enamel to allow the treatment. If not, we can use composite bonding or perhaps gum recontouring to achieve the result you want.
Our patients have smile whitening done for many different reasons. Sometime they have an event, such as wedding or reunion. But some don’t need a reason, other than they want the lift a brighter smile gives them.
At Dental Health Associates, we want to make our patients’ care convenient for them, as well as give them outstanding care and value. When you want a brighter smile, we offer Nite White take-home whitening trays for you to use. Nite White trays come in different whitening strengths, as well as special formulas for sensitive teeth or fluoride treatments. You’re able to whiten your teeth in the privacy of your own home in 3 to 6 treatments.