Ask yourself one simple question: How do you feel about your smile? Are you confident when you are with friends and family? Do you enjoy being the center of attention when speaking to clients or coworkers? Or, do you self-consciously hide your smile? Advanced cosmetic dentistry from Dental Designs can give you a radiant, youthful smile. More importantly, it can give you the confidence to smile and laugh freely. Choose a simple enhancement, like tooth whitening, or receive a total smile makeover with porcelain crowns, bonding, and more!
Teeth Whitening – At Home
It’s true that there are over-the-counter whitening treatments out there. However, faster, more consistent, and better looking results come from doctor-supervised, at-home whitening treatments. You’ll receive a customized tray, similar to a mouthguard, as well as a powerful whitening gel that you’ll place into the tray and wear over your teeth. Your doctor can ensure that your teeth are whitening evenly and taking on the perfect shade of white that looks natural and healthy. In as little as a few weeks, you can have a smile that looks years younger! Why not start today?
Whitening for Life
This program is extended to patients who have proven themselves as individuals who take their oral hygiene and general dental health seriously. Whitening for Life was developed as an incentive for those patients who completed their dental treatment and want to keep their teeth white between dental visits.
As with any program, there is always fine print, but the details are simple. CLICK HERE for a list of details for the Whitening for Life program. At your next appointment, a qualified team member will explain in detail and have you read and sign the necessary forms to participate.
Q: HOW CAN I WHITEN MY TEETH?
A: There are multiple ways to whiten your teeth.
- At-home whitening trays: these products use peroxide-based gels to whiten your teeth. Generally, the process involves the daily application of the gel in a formed “mouthguard” for about two weeks. Side effects may include short-term tooth or gum sensitivity. We provide dentist-supervised, at-home whitening, assuring you of better results than over-the-counter whitening products.
- Porcelain veneers: Many people who have tetracycline-stained teeth and cannot whiten their teeth with traditional means, or people who want a more permanent solution will opt for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers is a great way to whiten your teeth in a more permanent fashion. The veneers do not stain with time and also correct many other concerns that you may have, including crooked teeth, gaps in between teeth, and “gummy smiles.” Most of the smile makeovers you see on television are accomplished with porcelain veneers.
When you have a missing tooth, both the form and the function of your smile suffer. Not only does the gap make it difficult to chew properly, but also it can allow your other teeth to shift around in your mouth. A porcelain bridge literally “bridges the gap” in your smile by using the teeth on either side of the gap as the supportive structure for a lifelike, porcelain restoration. After a little tooth preparation, your dentist creates and positions porcelain crowns on the neighboring teeth. Between these teeth, your dentist anchors the porcelain restoration. The overall restoration is customized for size, shape, and shade so it will look and feel completely natural. You’ll have your complete, confident smile back once again!
Sometimes, damage to a tooth is significant enough to rule out the placement of a dental filling or of bonding material. Porcelain crowns allow you to keep some of your natural tooth structure while giving you back the aesthetic shape and pain-free function you need. Your doctor will select the perfect shape and shade for your custom-milled crown that will appear completely natural. After a little tooth preparation, your doctor will anchor the restoration into place and confirm its position and alignment when you close your jaw. You’ll love the way your new smile looks and feels!
Q: WHAT IS A CROWN, AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?
A: If Dr. Holst has recommended a crown to you, it is likely either to correct a cracked or broken tooth or to repair a tooth that has deteriorated due to cavities (decay). The decay in your tooth eats away healthy tooth structure much like rust eats away at metal. If not removed, decay will deteriorate the tooth to the point where extraction is the only viable treatment option. Sometimes, decay is removed, leaving healthy tooth structure, but not much of it. A crown can then be placed, restoring the look and function of your tooth, while allowing you to keep your natural, underlying tooth structure. Most crowns are precision-milled porcelain, full metal (gold or silver) or a combination of both materials, and are individually customized for each application in each patient, giving you a natural, long lasting smile.
After the decay is removed from your teeth, a filling must be placed to restore the shape of your tooth and to protect it from future damage. You are probably familiar with the silver-amalgam material that is commonly used for dental fillings. While easily shaped and durable, it is also easy to see and can give your smile a dark, aged look. Today, you can choose tooth-colored fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are made from a porcelain-based resin that can be shaded to match your natural tooth color and molded to any shape. It forms a tight seal with your tooth, protecting against leakage and future decay development. You can even replace your old silver fillings with new, invisible tooth-colored fillings!
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SILVER AND WHITE FILLINGS?
A: Both fillings do essentially the same job – they restore the shape and function of your tooth, while protecting it from further decay. Silver fillings are more common and have been in use for over 150 years. They are durable, but can become loose, so you should avoid very sticky foods. Silver fillings can also leak if they aren’t cared for and monitored properly, so be sure you keep, at least, your bi-yearly appointments. Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin. They are shaded to match your natural tooth color and may actually form a slightly better “seal” with your tooth than silver fillings. They have shown to be as durable as their silver counterparts, especially for smaller-to-average sized fillings. Tooth-colored fillings should also be properly monitored, so again, it is important to keep, at least, your bi-yearly check-ups.
Cosmetic bonding refers to the placement of a porcelain-based resin that can be shaped and shaded to give your smile a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. You can correct crooked or misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth, and other cosmetic problems with bonding.