With cosmetic dentistry, we focus on dental procedures that restore teeth to their natural beauty and enhance a smile’s esthetic appeal, while also maintaining optimum health and functionality. Cosmetic dentistry can improve your self-image because updating your smile often has a positive emotional and psychological impact. Research indicates that people with bright, white smiles are often seen as smarter, more attractive, and more successful. If you feel embarrassed by how your teeth look, consider cosmetic dentistry. The modern dental procedures and techniques your dentist uses can remove imperfections and create a fabulous, new image. With a customized plan and advanced materials, your doctor will completely revitalize your oral health and appearance.
Composite Fillings (Tooth-Colored Fillings)
Composite is the filling material of choice when it comes to matching your tooth color. Composite fillings consist of plastic and glass particles. They have become the most popular filling materials because they match your existing tooth color and also solidly bond or glue to the tooth. After the decay in your tooth has been cleaned a cleansing gel is applied. Next a bonding solution is applied, finally followed by the composite filling material. Composite is hardened by applying a high intensity blue light. It only takes a few seconds for the materials to harden.
Once the tooth is filled and the composite has hardened, the filling is checked to insure the proper shape and look. At this point any necessary adjustments are made and then your filling is complete.
Over time, teeth naturally become darker and stained. In addition to natural aging, there are other factors that may also discolor your teeth like:
- Some food and drinks such as: coffee & tea
- Some prescription and over the counter drugs such as: (Tetracycline & Iron)
One of the most common ways to whiten your teeth is with a home whitening system. Simply put, home bleaching involves wearing a custom fit mouth tray that contains a concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel which will bleach your teeth to a brighter, whiter smile.
During the first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth after making sure your teeth are free of plaque and tartar. From this impression a custom mouth tray is made specifically for your mouth. On your second visit your dentist will show you how to apply the gel to the bleaching tray and place it into your mouth. The amount of time you must wear your bleaching trays depends on how badly your teeth are stained, as well as the concentration of the bleaching gel used. This process can vary from a few minutes to a few hours. As an example, many brands are applied twice a day for 1-2 hours over a 2 week period.
Developed by internationally renowned cosmetic dentist and bleaching expert Dr. Rod Kurthy, the KoR Whitening Deep Bleaching System is used by thousands of dentists worldwide. It is considered to be the most reliable and effective bleaching system ever developed. KoR Whitening whitens teeth dramatically, often lightening them 16 shades or more. Although everyone is different, with the proper KoR Whitening System, all teeth will have stunning results. It even whitens tetracycline-stained teeth!
Molds of your teeth will be made to fabricate your own unique, ultra comfortable KoR Whitening Deep Bleaching Trays. You and your dentist will select which level of KoR Whitening is the proper fit for you. You will wear your Deep Bleaching Trays at home for two weeks while you sleep. Depending on your selection, you may also have one to two simple whitening visits in the dental office.