Have you ever asked yourself any of the following questions?
- What do others think of me when I smile?
- Is my smile keeping me from being my best?
- Would a great smile make me feel more confident?
- Where would I be in life if I had a better smile?
If you answered yes to any of these, you may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. In other words, anyone unhappy with the appearance of his or her smile is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
What cosmetic dentistry can do for you:
- Close gaps between teeth
- Whiten discolored or stained teeth
- Repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth
- Reposition crowded teeth
- Lengthen or shorten uneven teeth
- Replace a missing tooth or teeth
- Replace old metal fillings
What are your options?
With today's technology and procedures, it's never been easier to get that beautiful, dazzling, white, straight, healthy smile you've always wanted. Depending on what you want your smile to look like, Dr. Kolber or Dr. Vossler can evaluate your smile and develop a treatment plan that matches your smile goals.
The Cosmetic Dental Procedures we offer include (but are not limited to):
Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they've been dreaming of with our simple whitening procedure. Even subtle changes in shading can make someone look years younger.
We are proud to offer Colgate in-office teeth whitening, or the Luminescence take-home whitening system. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to begin whitening. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower, depending on how much shows when you talk and smile.
Dental whitening can correct many tooth discolorations caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage. The latest in bleaching technology offers a safe method for creating a beautiful, brilliant smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice. Because of the low cost of whitening treatments, whitening is nearly always worth a solid try.
Tooth-colored Fillings: Silver is for jewelry!
We are a mercury-free practice because we believe in conservative, lasting dentistry. Many people still have amalgam fillings, often called silver or mercury fillings, from years past. These fillings are not esthetically pleasing because they darken and corrode over time.
We also know that by unavoidable design, amalgam fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Because they contain about 50 percent mercury, amalgam fillings expand and contract in response to temperature changes. Over time, this causes damage, such as fractures, to teeth from the inside out. Two potential problems may result. Decay beneath the crown can form, and the patient may need a root canal to save the tooth. If the tooth cracks or breaks from these fractures, a full crown restoration is the only solution. New innovations in bonding technology allow us to create porcelain onlays and tooth-colored restorations (resin) that are strong, natural-looking, and beautiful.
Inlays / Onlays
When over half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, we will often recommend an inlay or onlay.
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain or composite resin. These pieces (like a puzzle piece) are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth; an onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Using advanced bonding techniques, back teeth with large cavities and unsightly silver-amalgam fillings can be beautifully restored with tooth-colored, ceramic onlays. This technique will preserve more of your natural tooth and cost much less than a full crown restoration. Onlays feel like your own teeth, look totally natural, and strengthen the restored tooth.
You don’t have to be at the mercy of old-fashioned dental fillings. Have us replace them with bonded onlays.
An alternative to veneers, bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or misarranged.
How it works: The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to a natural appearance.
Of all the methods for changing and improving the look of your smile, veneers are among the most popular and successful with our patients.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. Veneers mask discolored, misaligned, cracked, or chipped teeth, creating an attractive smile you won’t want to hide.
When bonded to the teeth, ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them, and they take on the natural color of the underlying teeth.
Gum Lift - Reshaping Recontouring
Healthy, well-contoured, pink gum tissue compliments and frames the teeth. The esthetic framing of the gum tissue is as important to the teeth as a quality frame is to a painting. Red, swollen, or unsymmetrical gum tissue detracts from otherwise healthy teeth. A common problem is unsymmetrical gum tissue. The gum tissue could be lower on one front tooth, thereby creating the appearance that one tooth is longer than the others. Another scenario is the gummy smile—too much gum tissue showing when smiling.
Sometimes contouring the gum tissue to a more esthetically balanced appearance vastly enhances a smile. This is called a simple cosmetic gum lift. We perform this procedure utilizing a laser and only a topical anesthetic (no needles). The tissue heals very quickly with very little discomfort.
Orthodontia (braces) / Invisalign
We offer traditional orthodonture for adults and children, as well as Invisalign.
Surveys have indicated that people who have had braces look better and feel better about themselves. They live longer and have a statistically lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Give the gift of straight teeth to your children, and they’ll reap the rewards of improved confidence and self image for a lifetime.
Braces are not only for kids. Presently, 20 percent of orthodontic patients are over 18; people as old as 60 have had successful orthodontic treatment.
Do adults really wear braces?
Absolutely. Many people did not get braces when they were young; either their parents could not afford braces, or their teeth could not be straightened with the techniques available at the time. Those same patients now have problems with their teeth and gums, get indigestion all the time, or they are just unhappy with their smile. So they make an investment in themselves as adults by choosing braces.
Other people had orthodontic treatment when they were young but did not wear their retainers until they stopped growing (you should wear your retainer until you are 24). The result is that their teeth are a little bit crooked. Now they are unhappy with their smile, so they get braces again.
Presently, as much as one-quarter of orthodontic treatments are done on adult patients. It is quite a change from 20 years ago when orthodontists only treated children.
What is Invisalign?
To help you get a more beautiful smile, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move your teeth. You wear a set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each set of aligners with the next in the series, your teeth will gradually move until they reach the position your doctor has prescribed for you. The average treatment time is about a year.