Six Month Smiles
Straight Teeth. Less Time. Clear Braces.
If you’re self-conscious about your smile but don’t want to undergo extensive orthodontic treatment, you can opt for Six Month Smiles, a system that focuses on making cosmetic adjustments for shorter treatment times and less hassle. With Six Month Smiles, you can quickly transform your smile from crooked to confident.
Six Month Smiles uses a specially-designed arch wire and a comfortable level of continuous pressure to make straightening front teeth easy. And because it uses a clear brackets and tooth-colored archwire, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing your professional image.
Are you getting ready for a big event in your life, such as a wedding, reunion, or big career move? Are you sick of looking at a crooked smile and want to straighten your teeth? Six Month Smiles might be right for you.
Natural Color Fillings
Natural color fillings are barely there.
If your dentists needs to restore a decayed tooth, you may want to ask about natural color fillings. Any surface area where a filling will be noticed may be a great locations for natural color filling. They're made from resin composites blended to match the color of existing teeth.
The process of applying the natural color filling is similar to a traditional amalgam (silver) filling. They decay is removed and the tooth is prepared to accept the tooth-colored composite. The dentist applies several layers of the composite, which is chemically hardened and cured with a special light. The filling is then polished to complete the process.
Natural color fillings blend with surrounding teeth and enhance a bright, youthful appearance. No one will notice they're there - including you!
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment usually involves the removal or the tooth's pulp, a small thread like tissue that was important for tooth development. Once removed, it is replaced with materials that seal off the root canal from its supporting structures. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were often extracted. Today, even if the pulp of one of your teeth becomes injured or infected, it often can be saved through root canal (endodontic) treatment. Endodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases or injuries to the dental pulp.
Dentures & Partials
It is important to replace missing teeth if you want to keep a healthy smile. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can shift into the missing spaces and become crooked. It is harder to clean crooked teeth. This can lead to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
A removable partial denture may be a solution to replace your missing teeth. A removable partial denture will improve your ability to chew food well, which often is difficult with missing teeth. Removable partial dentures also can help you speak better if your speech has changed due to missing teeth. Removable partial dentures can support cheeks and lips so the face does not sag and make you look older.
Removable partial dentures usually have replacement teeth fixed to a plastic base that closely matches the color of your gums. A metal framework connects the teeth and the base. They may attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps.
In special cases, a dentist may build a part called a precision attachment into the crown (a cap that covers the tooth). This attaches the denture directly to the surrounding teeth. With or without precision attachments, crowns on your natural teeth may improve the way a removable partial denture fits your mouth. Ask your dentist which kind of removable partial denture is right for you.
Bridges, Crowns & Veneers
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is a dental restoration that fills the space where one or more teeth are missing. The bridge restores your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face. Before you get a bridge, your dentist wants you to know more about the steps involved. He or she can advise which type of bridge is best for you.
What if I Don't Replace a Missing Tooth?
Teeth work together. When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the opposite jaw may also shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place unusual stress on your teeth and jaw joints.
Teeth that have tipped or drifted are often hard to clean, as well. This makes them more at risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
When a tooth is missing, the bone around it may shrink. This can change the way the jawbone supports the lips and cheeks. Over time, this can cause the face to sag and can make you look older.
BOTOX® Cosmetic May Be the One for You
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With real, noticeable results, no surgery and no recovery time, there are many reasons why BOTOX® Cosmetic has been chosen by millions of women and their doctors.
BOTOX® Cosmetic may be the one for you. You may feel that the moderate to severe glabellar lines between your brows make you look tired or unapproachable, or have other reasons for being curious about BOTOX® Cosmetic. Ask us about BOTOX® Cosmetic to find out if it is right for you.
Nothing can take the place of a healthy set of natural teeth. But when disease or an accident ends in tooth loss, it's good to know that there are options for restoring your smile. You may want to choose dental implants if you:
- are self-conscious because you have missing teeth.
- wear dentures that are uncomfortable for you
- are unsatisfied with your removable partial dentures
- do not want to have intact tooth structure removed to have a fixed bridge placed.
Many patients choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. Implants are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. They are made of titanium (a strong, lightweight metal) and other materials that are accepted by the human body.
Implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. The development and use of implants has been one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. U.S. dentists place more than 5.5 million implants annually.
Veneers & Tooth Whitening
Before and After Veneers
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.
Due to a variety of causes, teeth tend to stain and "yellow" over time. We can help you whiten and brighten graying or yellowed teeth. We examine your mouth and recommend the best treatment for your specific needs, either an in-office treatment or a take-home treatment, which we monitor to make sure you obtain for the best results.
Braces may be worn by both children and adults, not only to improve the attractiveness of their smile, but also because braces correct improper alignment of teeth that can lead to gum disease and early tooth loss. Left untreated, crooked teeth with irregular spacing make cleaning harder and allow cavities to more easily develop. Properly aligned teeth also make it easier to chew all types of food, and eliminate the headaches and pain caused by uneven chewing. Uneven teeth may result in weak enamel, gum problems and jaw misalignment.
Braces exert a gentle pressure on teeth over time to straighten them. The two main components include the brackets placed on the teeth and the arch wire that connects them. The bracket is a specially-shaped metal or ceramic affixed to each tooth and the arch wire is bent to reflect the bite that the patient should have after treatment. The wire threads through the brackets. As the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move the teeth.
TM (temporomandibular) disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. If you've had symptoms like a pain or a clicking sound, you'll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some types of TM problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important. No one treatment can resolve TM disorders completely, and treatment takes time to be effective. But with the help of your health care team, you're more likely to have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.
Trouble with Your Jaw
TM disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your TM joint. Or, you may have a damaged jaw due to injury or disease. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noises when your open your mouth, or trouble opening your mouth wide.