Our attitude and self-image are important to our well-being. Cosmetic dentistry can be a big part of that. It may be as simple as teeth whitening, which can brighten your smile many shades whiter. Or it could be the premier cosmetic service, porcelain veneers, where the front of the tooth is covered with thin wafers of porcelain to improve appearance and function.
Nothing is as transformative for your smile as beautiful, white porcelain veneers. They work just like veneers on other surfaces. White and strong wafer-thin porcelain shells are permanently cemented to the front surfaces of your teeth, completely changing their appearance. And yours!
Full Mouth Restoration
Our patients come to us with many different needs, and we’re glad to offer so many different restorative and cosmetic services. In some cases, most or even every tooth needs some type of treatment, and Dr. Dan and Dr. Lisa prepare a plan that treats each tooth individually, but also creates symmetry and proper function so your teeth work together the way they should eat, talk, and smile.
Full mouth restoration can include anything in our toolbox of dental services. We can replace teeth with dental implants, crowns, or bridges. We can fill cavities and cracks, or cover stains and imperfections with cosmetic bonding.
If your smile has suffered trauma from disease or an accident, please call us for an appointment to learn about what can be done to repair and restore your teeth.
Crown lengthening involves exposing more of the tooth below the gum as a method to make your smile more even at the gum line. Or perhaps a tooth needs some restoration to repair the bone tissue underneath the gums, and we need to expose more of the tooth’s surface to treat it. Part of crown lengthening involves removing some of the tooth’s bone tissue to reshape it to align with the surrounding teeth.
Gum Recontouring – Gingivectomy
Gum recontouring is similar to crown lengthening and we perform this service most often when the gums cover too much of your teeth, giving your smile a “gummy” appearance. Gum recontouring does not involve removal of any bone tissue on the tooth itself. The gum tissue may be diseased, or our patient tries to hide their smile because it looks unattractive with so much gum showing.
It’s a simple process to correct this smile problem.
Composite bonding is a simple yet versatile substance that we use to correct so many different problems with our patients’ smiles. Bonding involves the use of a resin, a thick liquid like glue, that is precisely matched to the color of your own teeth.
We use this resin to fill cavities. This is known as white fillings, and they’re stronger and healthier for you than traditional metal fillings. Bonding can also cover many different types of minor imperfections such as cracks, uneven tooth surface, or stains that can be removed from the tooth enamel. Our dentists apply the resin over and over in very thin layers, then exposing the material to a light set at part of the light spectrum that will harden the resin. Then, the dentist smoothes and polishes the resin until it is shaped correctly and looks exactly like your adjacent teeth. Even a tooth that has chipped can be restored with composite bonding. When the process is complete, you’ll have a complete tooth once more. There will not be a single crack or line where the tooth had chipped.
Tooth Recontouring is a very subtle procedure, but it can give your smile a better symmetry and evenness. Our dentists can correct the appearance of small imperfections in your teeth, such as a slight overlap or if one tooth extends further than another.
The process involves precisely removing very small slivers of tooth enamel, one at a time to make a tooth more symmetrical.
It’s one cosmetic service that makes a small difference, but still enhances your appearance. Cosmetic dentistry can be just like that, a series of small, subtle changes that make your smile just that much better. Perhaps no one will notice or know, but you certainly will, every time you look in a mirror!
At Phelps Family Dentistry, our patients can have their teeth whitened during a regular dental visit. They don’t have to make a separate appointment to have a whitening treatment. We use Philips Quick Pro, a quick process that can be done after your teeth are cleaned. This can brighten your teeth by several shades!
Other in-house options include Zoom, used with a brightening light, and DASH. Both whitening options take about one hour to complete, with a result of a much brighter smile.
Some patients may prefer whitening at home. For these clients, we offer trays you can take home that are prepared with Night White tooth-whitening gel. It will take several uses of Night White to get the results that you want, but you can whiten your smile at home, when it’s convenient for you!