Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways that cosmetic care can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth, stained or discolored teeth, and “gummy” smiles. Your dentist creates a customized treatment plan just for you, based on your age, your goals, and your financial comfort level.
Imagine a whiter, more brilliant smile! Placement of porcelain veneers is a conservative cosmetic treatment that makes a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth. If you have crooked teeth, chipped teeth, gaps in teeth, or dull or stained teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution. Your dentist will skillfully create a straight, brilliant smile that enhances your appearance and your self-esteem.
You can have the confidence that comes from a bright, white smile. If you are happy with the alignment and spacing of your teeth, a teeth whitening procedure may be all that separates you from a dazzling smile. Teeth whitening is safe, effective, and long-lasting. Your home-whitening kit involves a special tray that is customized to fit over your teeth, evenly dispersing prescription whitening gel that is inserted into the tray before you wear it. You can expect the entire home-whitening process to take between two and four weeks, leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile. With home whitening, you can reuse your trays to touch-up your smile whenever it needs a little boost. If you are also thinking of having other cosmetic improvements done, such as crowns, porcelain veneers, or replacing old discolored fillings, consider whitening your teeth first. Any future restorations will then be matched to your whitened teeth, giving you fantastic results.
For those patients who want a quicker result we do offer in-office whitening with the Zoom!TM Whitening system. This is a chairside whitening procedure that uses a safe whitening gel and a low intensity light to activate the gel. You are in the office for approximately 2 hours and leave with shades lighter teeth! You also are provided with take home whitening drops to maintain your fabulous smile at home.
If you've lost a tooth, a large gap in your smile, if left uncorrected, can create significant problems for your dental health. Gradually, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth in order to compensate for an inability to efficiently chew in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain, and more future problems. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth (or pontic) is fused between the crowns. Fixed bridges literally "bridge the gap" in your smile. Your dentist creates a functional, life-like bridge to correct your smile, to restore your bite, and to alleviate your discomfort.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Your dentist uses a tooth-like crown made of porcelain to restore your tooth after the decay has been removed. Crowns are also used to restore chipped teeth, broken teeth, gaps in teeth, and other damage. Also called “caps,” porcelain crowns mimic natural-looking teeth in both shape and color.
Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth? If so, you may be a good candidate for composite resins - also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with "filling" material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned-out portion of the tooth. However, with new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a long-lasting, brighter, whiter smile. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration.
Bonding is a tooth-colored material applied and adhered to the surface of the tooth, often without reducing the structure of the tooth. The bonding material is sculpted by your dentist so it resembles a natural tooth, correcting chipped, broken, stained, or discolored teeth and, in some cases, correcting gaps. While it is less of an investment than porcelain veneers, bonding doesn’t last as long and can sometimes become stained from foods and beverages. We encourage you to come in and talk with the Pratt Family Dentistry team about your options.