cosmetic

Do you hide your smile? Do you find yourself not smiling because of certain problems in your smile? Good news! Correction of chipped, discolored, or misaligned teeth has never been easier. White fillings, porcelain veneers and all porcelain crowns have brought the realm of "virtual reality" into cosmetic dentistry. No more dark lines or shadows at the gum line or opaque looking crowns! Dr. Palmer and Dr. Ross are experienced in using a combination of both orthodontic and cosmetic dentistry!

Most dental offices serve only one need or the other, either orthodontics is accomplished or cosmetic dentistry. And, like the old adage says, "If your only tool is a hammer, all you see are nails!" This encourages the strictly "Cosmetic Dentist" to suggest a greater removal of natural tooth enamel to achieve adequate results. Dr. Palmer and Dr. Ross encourage straightening of the teeth first in order to conserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. By first correcting misaligned teeth, conservation of the natural tooth is maximized.

Many options are available - call for a free cosmetic consultation!

 

What are veneers?

Veneers are the most beautiful restorations available for chipped, slightly misaligned or permanently stained (due to aging or some antibiotics at an early age) teeth.  A custom made thin layer of lab fabricated porcelain is adhered to the front surface of the teeth which can change your smile dramatically, all in about 3 weeks!

 

What about bonding?

Bonding and other composite (white) fillings have become a proven method of restoring decayed or broken teeth without the darkness of the silver type fillings. Chips and slight misalignments on the front teeth can also be repaired by bonding.

  • Advantages:

Lower initial cost than veneers.

Repair of gaps, chips, etc. at one appointment.

  • Disadvantages:

Esthetics are slightly superior with porcelain veneers.

The average "lifespan" is 5-7 years on bonded teeth before they need replacement or repair, (15-20) years for veneers.

 

What about porcelain crowns?

All porcelain crowns give a dramatic improvement in esthetics over the standard porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns.  Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

"Standard"(PFM) porcelain fused to metal crowns versus "All Porcelain" crowns.

The reason for the vast improvement in an "All Porcelain" crown is the lack of a metal substructure or coping under the all porcelain crown. The metal coping under the "standard" porcelain fused to metal crown blocks natural translucency of the tooth. This causes a darkening of the root and gum tissue resulting in "dark lines" or opaque looking crowns.

  • Are all porcelain crowns strong?

Absolutely! Translucent copings or coverings are placed over the prepared tooth which give the porcelain an underlying "strength" to resist chipping or breaking.

  • How much do porcelain crowns cost?

The fee for all porcelain crowns is slightly more than standard PFM (porcelain fused to metal) crowns due to a higher lab fee and the extra time it takes to prepare and cement the all porcelain crown. We will be happy to discuss fees at the consultation visit.

 

What about white fillings?

Huge improvements have been made in the last several years which allow the dentist to fill teeth with the most natural looking restoration available. No more dark fillings which can cause a graying of the entire tooth. Again, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Although amalgam "silver" fillings still have their place as a cost effective and "tried and true" alternative for the posterior or "back" teeth, "white" or composite fillings are now available for all the teeth.

 

What about bleaching?

Simple and effective bleaching of the teeth has become commonplace and very safe. However, one must remember that only a dentist can get your teeth their whitest. A customized, (and therefore easily worn) tray is made by using accurate impressions of the mouth. This custom "tray" is then used as a carrier to hold a mild bleaching agent which can correct a myriad of staining and darkening problems. Come and see what whitening can do for you!