We do a large amount of cosmetic dentistry. This involves bleaching teeth, reshaping enamel, placing resin and ceramic veneers on anterior teeth, and ceramic or porcelain to metal crowns on front and back teeth.
We make very accurate bleach trays containing bleach gel that the patient wears about an hour a day, usually from two to four weeks. We have had a high degree of success with this procedure, and have treated most of the people in the office, as well as hundreds of our patients. The procedure is quite safe. About the only problem we notice is that the gums sometimes get a little sensitive if the bleach gel is left in too long. That is easily remedied by cutting back on bleach time. We also do “in-office” bleaching that produces rapid whitening, but rapidly diminishing results. We usually do the in-office whitening for people that have major events (weddings, photo-ops, etc) where they need the teeth whitened in a hurry. We also send them home with the bleach trays for long lasting results. This combination is quite a bit more expensive than the at-home bleaching alone.
This is sort of "poor man's cosmetic dentistry." Sometimes all it takes to greatly improve the appearance of the teeth is to remove rough and chipped edges or gently change the shape of the tooth with careful contouring and polishing.
RESIN AND CERAMIC VENEERS
These are some of the most beautiful restorations. They are done with very little reduction of tooth structure. They can make the shape of the tooth more esthetic, can cover ugly stains, and close spaces between teeth. We have done these on several office members and on hundreds of other patients. Pictures of Ceramic Veneers
CERAMIC AND PORCELAIN FUSED TO METAL CROWNS
These are done on front and back teeth, often where the teeth have been broken or have been badly decayed. These are generally the backbone of the cosmetic dental practice and are used on individual teeth, multiples, or are constructed with fixed bridges, replacing missing teeth. Pictures of Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns