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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.

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TEETH WHITENING – INCLUDING Zoom!

This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses passive tray and chairside Zoom! methods. The in office method of bleaching method uses a high concentration of bleaching solution that halps to start the bleaching process. At home bleaching with custom trays are often necessary to complete the bleaching process.
The tray method involves having impressions taken from which custom plastic trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays. – The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use.

Roswell DentistBONDING

Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.

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 composite resin. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

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 and impressions are taken. In two to three weeks the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetically pleasing.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally more comfortable. Lab porcelain veneers are generally more color stable and stronger than direct bonded fillings.