Smile With Confidence!
Are you one of many adults who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile?
6 Month Smiles® can Help You!
Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective procedures could be too invasive or too expensive. Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.
|A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought – Six Month Smiles® utilizes nearly invisible clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.Questions and Answers about 6 Month Smiles®:Q: How can teeth be straightened in only six months?
A: The Six Month Smiles technique employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely. The key components of the treatment are the use of special nickel titanium wires and a primary focus of moving the teeth that show when you smile.
Q: Six months sounds good, but will I still have a mouth full of metal for the whole time?
A: No! Six Month Smiles® dentists use tooth-colored braces that are barely visible. The wires are tooth-colored as well. These are nothing like metal braces!
Q: How are Six Month Smiles® braces more comfortable than regular braces?
A: Six Month Smiles® braces use low force to move teeth more comfortably. Many people think that the accelerated treatment means simply “tightening” regular braces to get the teeth moving, but that is not true. Six Month Smiles® utilizes standard orthodontic mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite.
Q: Do Six Month Smiles® braces damage the teeth, roots, or gums?
A: There are no more risks of root damage or other issues than those associated with traditional orthodontics. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles® braces are lighter and teeth are seldom extracted, there are actually even fewer risks involved with Six Month Smiles orthodontics.
Q: Will I have to wear a retainer?
A: Yes, as with any teeth-straightening treatment a retainer is necessary to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. If you don’t want to wear a removable retainer, you can have a bonded retainer placed. There are a variety of options that you can choose from according to your personal preference and situation.
Q: What’s the catch?
A: There is no catch. If you are an adult (15 years and older) with crooked or spaced teeth and you’re not looking for a major alteration to your bite, this could be the solution for you! Most adults ARE candidates for Six Month Smiles.
For more information about 6 Month Smiles®, see their website HERE
Cosmetic Dentistry: Crowns, Whitening, Veneers
Cosmetic Dentistry can make your smile light up a room!
- Whitening: Over time, abuse such as smoking, consumption of coffee and other dark beverages, and just normal wear and tear, cause teeth to lose their luster and begin to appear yellowed or stained. Whitening is an inexpensive and safe option to bring back their brightness. Whitening has become a very popular procedure for enhancing smiles, since patients can expect their teeth to look about two shades whiter than what they started with.Home whitening kits are typically the preferred way of whitening. With this option, the patient is responsible for using the whitening consistently until they see the whiteness desired. Impressions are made of teeth so that the trays are custom fit for the patient. The whitening solution will be put into these trays and worn for specific periods of time. Have sensitive teeth? Whitening is still an option. Our whitening trays can be worn for different lengths of time based on the percentages offered. Wearing the trays periodically usually requires maintenance, once desired whitening is achieved. In-house whitening is also available.
- Crowns: There are times when your dentist will recommend crowns. A crown, or cap, is a porcelain covering that is placed over the tooth surface, restoring strength and appearance. Crowns are needed in instances such as: fixing fractures, lend support for bridges and when a filling is not enough to give tooth proper structure. Crowns improve the appearance and structure of the tooth.
Keep in mind that crowns typically consist of two appointments. Impressions are made in order to create the custom crowns. For placement, the tooth will be numbed in order to remove any existing decay and to shape what is left of the tooth for attaching the new crown. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it while the new one is being made. It is important that great care be taken with the temporary to avoid loosening. When the new one arrives, the patient will return to the office for placement and fitting. Sensitivity may be experienced with the new crown, but should subside over time.
- Veneers: Porcelain veneers are a beautiful option for creating the smile you’ve always wanted. Natural teeth that have spaces, are stained, crooked, misshaped or chipped, are some of the reasons veneers are recommended. Veneers consist of very thin sheets of porcelain that are attached to the front of the teeth, improving shape, size and color.
On the first step of the process, the existing teeth are buffed and shaped and an impression is taken. The specific color that will be used is also chosen. On the second step, bonding adhesive will be used to attach the veneer to the teeth and a light beam will set the adhesive. No anesthetic should be needed, unless the patient is very sensitive. Veneers are durable, but care needs to be taken as far as chewing on things that may shift the veneers. Ongoing care is similar to that of natural teeth.
Periodontal Disease: Diagnosis, Treatment, & Care
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is something that affects a large portion of the population. It is a disease that causes pockets or spaces in the gum tissue, allowing bacteria to enter. The build-up of plaque causes the gums to recede and form these pockets. Normal brushing cannot reach this build-up and over time, if not treated, the pockets continue to get deeper leading to bone loss and other complications.
- Diagnosis: Gingivitis is the beginning stages of periodontal disease. Bleeding when brushing is a sign of this, as is inflammation and tenderness. A small probe will be entered between the tooth and gums to measure the depth of any pockets that may be present. We provide periodontal probing at our regular dental cleaning appointments.
- Treatment: Gingivitis and periodontal disease must be treated to prevent further destruction of teeth, gums, bone, and to prevent tooth loss. Depending on the extent of the disease, a deep cleaning and scaling will be suggested and will typically be done with local numbing. When the build-up has been removed from below the gum line, over time the tissue will heal, coming back stronger and causing the pockets to get smaller.
- Laser Gum Treatment: Laser Periodontal Therapy offers a proven, vastly less painful and less invasive treatment alternative to conventional scalpel/suture flap surgery for gum disease. See below for more information.
- Maintenance: Follow-up appointments will be recommended to keep an eye on healing progress. If improvement is not seen over time, a visit to a Periodontics Specialist may be in order. Medicated rinses, consistent flossing and using an electric toothbrush are some of the home treatments suggested as well.
Laser Gum Therapy
What is LANAP? (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) is a patented therapy designed for the treatment of periodontitis. This therapy and the laser used to perform it have been in use for more than a decade. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the LANAP protocol for the treatment of periodontitis, or gum disease, in 2004.
Laser Periodontal Therapy offers a proven, vastly less painful and less invasive treatment alternative to conventional scalpel/suture flap surgery for gum disease. This technology provides a simple and comfortable patient experience with excellent clinical results. By removing their fear, the dental community has the opportunity to bring patients back to seek treatment for their gum disease.
How is this Laser Theray Treatment Performed?
After your teeth and gums are totally numb, a small laser fiber is inserted into the space between your tooth and gums. The energy from this laser light kills the bacteria that are causing your gum disease and selectively removes only the diseased tissue, leaving behind the healthy gum tissue. An ultrasonic cleaning instrument is used to remove the tartar from the root and tooth surfaces, washing away the debris with a steady flow of medicated solution. Finally, the laser is again passed around the gum tissue to form a natural bandage around the teeth sealing them from re infection.
With the gum tissue completely numb, the treatment is essentially pain free as is the recovery period. Traditional periodontal surgery with scalpels and sutures can often lead to a recovery period that can be quite uncomfortable. In addition, 98% of laser-treated patients do not have further disease progression after five years while it is estimated only 5% reportedly do not have further disease progression after traditional gum surgery.
Is Having Gum Disease Really Dangerous?
ABSOLUTELY. Periodontal disease is one of dentistry’s biggest sleeper issues. For patients who go undiagnosed or untreated, the effects can be debilitating. Unfortunately, the disease’s hidden risks often go undetected until it’s too late.
A chronic disease that can deteriorate the gums and the bones that support the teeth, periodontal disease is caused primarily by plaque – the sticky substance that forms on teeth and is full of harmful bacteria – but can also be triggered by factors like smoking, pregnancy, genetic predisposition, stress, medications like antidepressants and oral contraceptives, teeth grinding, diabetes, poor nutrition and other systemic diseases. Recent research, in fact, suggests a stronger link than ever between physical and oral health. It’s important for patients, their physicians and their general dentists to know what to look for and how it can affect overall health.
For more on how dangerous Gum Disease can be, watch this video by famous performer Whoopi Goldberg.
Restorations: Implants, Bridge, Dentures, Root Canals, Fillings
Restoring your beautiful smile!
Preventative measures will always need to be part of a general oral health plan. In circumstances where damage has already been done however, more intensive procedures may be needed to bring teeth back to their healthy appearance and function. Our staff will keep you informed on the options that will relieve pain, repair damage, improve your bite and get you back to normal function and appearance.
- Implants: Dental implants are used to replace teeth that have been lost. Through a surgical procedure, these artificial roots and teeth are placed directly into the bone. Implants replace teeth, but also relieve pain, restore chewing ability and improve facial tissues in the process. They are natural looking, secure and durable, lasting for years to come.Implants require a process that can take a series of months to complete. After being placed into the bone by an oral surgeon, the implants must be given several months to heal and form into the bone. For proper fitting of the implant restorations, several fittings and adjustments may be needed at our office. Maintenance of your new implants is up to you; following directions and forming good habits for proper care will get you the longest wear out of them.
- Bridges: Another way to replace lost teeth is a bridge consisting of multiple crowns spanning across the missing teeth. This permanent fixture is typically made of porcelain on top of metal that fits over existing teeth. Bridges are the solution to many of the same issues that implants are used for, and another option for patients, depending on their particular needs and circumstances.A few different appointments are usually needed for adjustments and fittings, and a final appointment to have the bridge fixed permanently. A bridge can last for years with proper care.
- Dentures: Dentures are a removable option to replace missing teeth. They can be full appliances or partial. Natural, existing teeth may need to be prepared for dentures to fit properly. Sometimes having to be first removed and given a chance to heal before new dentures are placed. Immediate dentures are available before a Complete Set is made after the healing phase and are prepared in advance and immediately put in once the teeth are removed. However, adjustments for comfort and fit may need to be made once healing takes place, again possibly taking several appointments.After proper fit has been achieved, dentures may take some getting used to, but over time a patient’s smile is enhanced with easy-to-care for dentures.
- Root Canals: A root canal may be needed to relieve severe pain or sensitivity being caused due to intense decay which has reached down into the root. Many times an infection is present. The affected tissue needs to be removed, and the nerve canal reshaped and filled with a special material and finally sealed to help prevent future infection. A root canalled tooth requires a protective crown after the core of the tooth has been exposed.
- White Fillings: Back in the day, silver or gold fillings were used. Now we know that Composite can be used, which is made of quartz resin, which is white and more natural looking. The fillings are used to fix teeth that have been damaged by decay and/or fractures. The impaired portion of the tooth will be removed and that portion will be replaced with composite filling. They are attractive since they match existing teeth and will last for years to come.Fillings can be done during one appointment and anesthesia is necessary in order to allow the dentist to remove decay and apply medication to further protect nerve endings. The filling is shaped and smoothed to ensure the tooth maintains its authentic look and feel. Patients should be prepared to notice some temporary temperature sensitivity for a period of time after fillings are done.
Don’t wait any longer. Call today for an appointment and get closer to a healthy, beautiful smile!
Cleaning & Prevention: Exams, X-rays, & Home Care
Your first visit to our office will include a thorough dental exam by the dentist to order to make an initial assessment. A preventative plan will be put into action, where you will come in for regular check-ups that will include:
- Cleaning and polishing: The cleaning will consist of removal of tartar, which has hardened on the teeth over time, along with the sticky plaque that has formed over the teeth. Plaque is a formation of bacteria and build up that will eventually cause inflammation. The instruments and techniques we use will safely remove this build up, followed up by polishing that removes stains and further removes anything that may have been missed in the cleaning.
- Gum evaluation and treatment: Your gums and the bone supporting the teeth will be checked for disease.
- Oral cancer screening: The lips, tongue, throat, neck and gums are examined for any possible signs of oral cancer.
- X-rays: A full set of SAFE x-rays are performed and are crucial for giving the dentist information that is not always seen in the exam such as bone loss, developmental deviations, abscesses, teeth coming in at the wrong position, tumors and other issues hiding within the teeth and gums. Early detection is important in treating many oral health issues.
- Investigation of existing work: The dentist and assistants will chart and make note of any existing dental work in your chart. Checking current crowns, bridges, fillings, etc. are done to check for any damage or need for replacement.