These extremely thin and practically invisible veneers are a great way to fix cosmetic dental issues such as misshapen teeth, discolored teeth, gaps between teeth, or worn/chipped teeth. They are versatile and simple to apply, and are becoming more popular. They bond to the teeth and remain very sturdy, as well are resistant to stains caused by coffee, tea, and cigarettes. They greatly resemble tooth enamel as well. The placement of such veneers is difficult and requires much skill and attention to detail, but our team is dedicated to making each personalized veneer fit your smile.
Metal Free Dentistry
Before it was known that mercury in amalgam fillings was responsible for many medical conditions, metal fillings used to be a popular dental care solution. Such fillings seem harmless because of their small size, but any amount of mercury can be extremely toxic and harmful to your health. We do not use silver fillings in our practice and have completely eliminated toxic materials from all our offices. If you received a metal filling from a previous dentist, however, we can remove these harmful metals from your mouth and detoxify your body, neutralizing free radicals in infected cells. If mercury caused any harm in your body, it will reverse once the any trace of the metal filling is removed.
Crowns made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal are extremely useful and beneficial. They can fix broken or fractured teeth, improve teeth that underwent a root canal procedure, or fix discolored or misshapen teeth. Full porcelain crowns look more natural than crowns with a metal lining because they allow light to pass through them as it does with real teeth, and do not leave a dark line next to the gum line.
If your smile is discolored because of coffee and tea, teeth whitening can help you recreate your smile. We have many different services to help you whiten a yellow smile, and we have a variety of options for different financial needs. You don’t have to choose between drinking tea, coffee, and red wine and having a white smile that makes you look years younger.
Composite (White) Fillings
Composite white fillings are used instead of the harmful amalgam silver fillings. They are made of a resin material that resembles tooth color and is a strong restoration technique. Metal fillings were inconvenient because they required a mechanical lock to remain in place on the tooth and a shape larger than the decay itself had to be drilled in order to place the filling. However, composite fillings have adhesive chemistry and a binding quality that renders the mechanical lock and drilling entirely unnecessary. The resulting filling is smaller, and the tooth is sturdier because the resin material helps glue it together.
Inlays and Onlays vs. Crowns
There are different restoration techniques available for the reparation of dental problems. Inlays, onlays, and crowns are all options that we can explore with you. Crowns, or caps, replace more of the real tooth than inlays and onlays do, as they cover the whole tooth. We are more inclined to recommend inlays and onlays because they preserve more of your tooth. Crown placement can reduce existing tooth structure, which can in turn increase the potential need for a root canal or having periodontal health problems in the future, since the crown impairs cleaning near the gum. However, if a tooth has already undergone a root canal procedure or is heavily decayed with little healthy structure remaining, a crown is a great solution. We can help you choose the right restoration given your dental and financial needs.