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Cosmetic Dentistry

Veneers

Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

• Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.

• Crooked teeth.

• Misshapen teeth.

• Severely discolored or stained teeth.

• Teeth that are too small or large.

• Unwanted or uneven spaces.

• Worn or chipped teeth.

Crowns

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crowns) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

• Broken or fractured teeth.

• Cosmetic enhancement.

• Decayed teeth.

• Fractured fillings.

• Large fillings.

• Tooth has a root canal.

Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. There are several types of bridges. You and Dr. Renger will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

• Fill space of missing teeth.

• Maintain facial shape.

• Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.

• Restore chewing and speaking ability.

• Restore your smile.

• Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.

Tooth Colored Fillings

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and Dr. Renger can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

• Chipped teeth.

• Closing space between two teeth.

• Cracked or broken teeth.

• Decayed teeth.

• Worn teeth.

Botulinum Toxin(Botox) and Dermal Fillers

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) has important clinical uses as an adjunct in facial pain and bruxism cases for patients with chronic TMJ and orofacial pain. Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is also used to complement esthetic dentistry as a minimally invasive alternative to surgery in many cases.

Dermal fillers are usually smooth injectable gels made from naturally occurring hyaluronic acid. Dermal fillers add volume to weakened facial features and can stimulate collagen growth. Each dermal filler is unique in its own way but similar in two. First, they plump skin and gently lift it to restore collagen loss due to the normal aging process. Secondly, dermal fillers motivate the body to create its own natural collagen and restore certain areas of your face to a more natural, functional, and youthful appearance. At Shine Modern Dentistry we want to do more than just provide you with beautiful, dazzling teeth. We want you to love your smile and appearance! We evaluate all the tissues around your teeth that play a role in the form, function, and appearance of your smile. Our doctors are trained and certified through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics to assess and treat you comprehensively, therapeutically, and cosmetically with procedures to make you look, function, and feel your best. Our doctors understand patients’ concerns and questions about what to expect when receiving these types of procedures. Never hesitate to ask us questions before, during, or after treatment.

Teeth Whitening

A pearly-white smile is beautiful to look at and can greatly improve self-confidence. Many people are opting for the Zoom!® Chairside Whitening System (Zoom!®) for fast, safe and effective teeth whitening. Zoom!® combines the newest advances in dental technology with proven chemical formulas. This ensures that the bleaching experience is painless, and the results are satisfying.

 There are many reasons why teeth become stained or discolored, including tobacco use, and drinking dark liquids such as red wine, coffee, tea and cola.  However, the natural aging process and prescription medication use can also cause yellowing and graying. There are literally hundreds of whitening treatments available in the marketplace, including take-home strips, bleaching toothpastes and take-home whitening gels.  Many take-home gels are ineffective and may not elicit the desired results.

 

Zoom!® has many advantages over these other treatments, including:

 

• All teeth treated simultaneously.

• Faster treatment times.

• Longer lasting results.

• Reduced sensitivity.

• Removal of stains on crowns, veneers and other restorations.

• Safe procedure and treatment.

• Treatments are performed by an experienced professional.

 

It is important to seek advice from Dr. Renger prior to beginning a bleaching regime.  Women who are pregnant or lactating should not seek bleaching treatment.

Zoom!® is a bleaching process that lightens the dentin and enamel of the teeth.  Zoom!® contains a hydrogen peroxide component (25%), which is the active ingredient in the gel.  When hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, the peroxide component breaks down into tiny oxygen bubbles.  It is these bubbles that eliminate yellowing and staining.

 

A mercury metal halide light is used to activate the gel and expedite the whitening process.  This specialized light contains a unique infrared filter that works to reduce the amount of heat (and therefore sensitivity) on the surface of the teeth during the procedure.  The internal structure of the teeth remains completely healthy and intact during and after the treatment. As with any whitening system, the post-treatment results can vary according to the degree of staining and the condition of the teeth.  A consultation with the dentist prior to treatment will provide information as to what kind of results Zoom!® can provide in specific instances.  Zoom!® is only applied to healthy teeth and gums.  If tooth decay or gum disease is an issue, these need to be controlled before the bleaching treatment is performed.

At home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth. Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

• Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).

• Normal wear of outer tooth layer.

• Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).

• Yellow, brown stained teeth.

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.

 

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

 

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit Shine Modern Dentistry regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

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