The Invisalign system has been the choice for over a half a million people who wanted amazing new smiles. It’s virtually invisible, removable and comfortable. And now straightening your teeth doesn’t have to disrupt your lifestyle!
Invisalign is the easy way to straighten your teeth—without braces. This exciting, new technology uses a series of clear, customized, removable “aligners” to gradually reposition your teeth.
The aligner is a thin, strong medical grade of plastic, that looks similar to tooth-whitening trays, but is custom-made for a better fit to move teeth. It’s nearly invisible when worn and has actually been described as a “contact lens” for your teeth!
Your smile communicates a lot about how you feel about yourself. Even a minor flaw in your smile can keep you from feeling your best about the way you look. In the past, we had few options to improve teeth that were chipped, stained, or crooked. However, now a wide range of cosmetic dental techniques can benefit almost any smile. Cosmetic dentistry is a blending of art and science. With a focus on esthetic results and using a variety of the latest restorative techniques and materials, we can enhance your smile to give it a more pleasing appearance.Some of the conditions that may be helped by cosmetic dentistry are:
A porcelain veneer is indicated when a portion of the front surface of the tooth needs a “face lift”. Similar to composite bonding, veneers are attached directly to the existing tooth structure. We treat the surface of the tooth with a special conditioner to prepare it to receive the veneer. A tooth-colored liquid bonding material is then applied to the tooth surface, to help the veneer adhere.
Veneers are also used to cover stains and close spaces between teeth.
A full crown is usually indicated when a tooth has had root canal treatment, when substantial amount of tooth structure has been lost or when a tooth is cracked or broken. We place a crown on a tooth where there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling.
A bridge spans a space where one or more teeth have been lost in the dental arch. We replace the missing teeth with custom-designed replacement teeth, which are anchored by crowns to existing healthy tooth structure.
Think of dental implants as metal anchors, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone to hold permanent replacement teeth or dentures. Through a process called “osteointegration”, the jawbone actually attaches itself to the implant over time, providing tremendous stability.
Implant treatment is usually performed by a general dentist, oral surgeon, periodontist or a team of these doctors. To devise the best treatment plan for you, we first complete a medical and dental history and a thorough oral examination, including x-rays.
The procedure and follow-up care is often performed in the dental office using local anesthesia. Depending upon your individual situation, other types of anesthesia may be used to ensure your comfort.
During surgery, each implant is placed within the jawbone to serve as an anchor for the post that will eventually support replacement teeth. Generally, three to six months or more is then allowed for the bone tissue to grow around the implants and hold the restoration securely in place.
Immediately after surgery we will give you specific post surgical instructions to assure the best possible healing. In addition, we may prescribe pain medication and in some cases, antibiotics to aid in the healing process and help alleviate any discomfort. At this time, you may be fitted with temporary dentures or natural-looking teeth to help you function as normally as possible. You also will need to limit your diet to soft foods and follow important oral hygiene instructions. Follow-up care is important at this time.
Once the jawbone has firmly healed around the implant, a small post is attached to each implant. The post protrudes through the gumline and serves as an anchor for the replacement teeth. This short procedure usually requires only local anesthesia.