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 COSMETIC SERVICES


 

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Cosmetic dentistry includes anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.

 
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns. While some cosmetic procedures can be simple, more advanced cases may require a "multidisciplinary" approach where different dental specalities work as a team to create a long lasting and attractive smile. 

WHITENING

This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses passive tray whitening and professional strength white strips. It may be noted that tray whitening is the most effective procedure of "whitening" teeth. While there are other "advertised" forms of bleaching, tray whitening has proven to be the most effective method by far.The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about one hour. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use.Please note that our patients must do this daily for the maximum effect. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining. Depending upon the type and degree of staining, whitening may take two weeks to several months of tray use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the gel filled trays should be used once every several months.

VENEERS

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding. We recommend this procedure only for particular cases.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic. They feel and are used as natural teeth. They are distinctly "lipstick" and stain free.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Full porcelain jacket crowns  are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure. A combination of both porcelain veneers and full procelain jacket crowns may be indicated to achieve a desired result.

 
 
 
   
17 N Harding Road
Columbus, OH 43209

 

(614) 231-2709