No shots. No drilling. No adhesives. You can even eat while wearing the Snap-On Smile® appliance. Patients looking for a non-invasive, reversible, affordable approach to restorative and cosmetic dentistry are excellent candidates for Snap-On Smile. It’s an easy, quick and affordable solution for patients who want to feel better, look better, and function better. Patients using Snap-On Smile report an immediate boost to confidence and self esteem. Most are impressed with the natural look and feel of Snap-On Smile and are grateful for the brief time investment – about two weeks – to achieve such life changing results.
This revolutionary appliance is the ideal solution for solving a wide variety of short- and long-term clinical challenges, as it serves as both a non-invasive restorative option as well as a diagnostic appliance. Applications include using Snap-On Smile as aesthetic provisionals for implant restorations, as a vehicle for increasing facial height (vertical dimension), as cosmetic removable partial dentures, and even as a long-term smile enhancement. Snap-On Smile can last for years and yet is affordable enough to be temporary. It has also proven to be a terrific incentive for patients who are in need of but are hesitant to commit to more involved restorative treatment. In fact, our research has shown that 40 percent of patients who started treatment with the Snap-On Smile transitioned into more extensive restorative dentistry.
Veneers are an excellent way to redesign and reshape your entire mouth. Veneers are a very thin ceramic shell that covers your existing tooth structure. In placing these new veneers on your teeth, you are able to fix the look of issues such as staining, cracked teeth, spaces, misaligned teeth, chipped teeth and many other issues.
In terms of the process to place veneers, it is a process that takes approximately two to three visits. In the first visit, we will discuss the new shape and look of what we are going to accomplish by placing the veneers. Once we have put a plan in place, we will carefully prepare the teeth for the placement of the new veneers. As we complete this piece of the process, the next step is to take an impression of the newly prepared teeth. This impression will be sent to our laboratory for the final product to be fabricated. We only utilize the highest standard laboratory for fabrication of all of our work. This process at the laboratory takes between 10-to-14 days. While the new veneers are being fabricated at the lab, we will provide you with a beautiful temporary solution to wear for this time.
As the veneers are finalized, we will make every effort to make sure that your new veneers will feel just like your natural teeth. We will bond them into place ensuring that you can enjoy your new smile for a very long time!
Porcelain Veneers (Porcelain Crowns)
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-to-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-to-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.
Resin Veneers (Chair Side)
Esthetic Contouring (Gum Sculpting, Gingival Contouring)
Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.
Invisalign (Clear Orthodontics)
Invisalign is a new system of straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement. Moving teeth with removable aligners is not new. However, the computer program, which can generate a series of aligners with small changes is the new part. Invisalign is recommended for orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear.
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Zoom! (One-Hour Teeth Whitening)
Q. What is Zoom!® tooth whitening?
A. Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
Q. What causes tooth discoloration?
A. The most common causes are tea, coffee, tobacco, red wine, colored drinks and, the one even the most purist among us cannot avoid, ageing.
Q. Who has teeth whitening?
A. It’s no longer the preserve of the Hollywood elite. It’s for anyone who takes an interest in the health and appearance of their smile.
Q. What is whitening?
A. Whitening is the process through which your teeth are made cleaner and brighter. There are 2 main types: tray-based whitening and “laser/power” whitening. Both types use a bleaching gel.
Q. “Laser or power” whitening?
A. This is carried out in the practice and has the dual advantage of being much quicker and more effective. It involves applying a stronger, light-sensitive whitening gel to your teeth. The gel is then accelerated by the Zoom! light.
Q. How long does it take?
A. The good news is that it takes very little time. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by as little as 45 minutes whitening. We do recommend a pre-treatment cleaning session to maximize the whitening potential. White teeth in as little as 1 hour.
Q. How much whiter can I expect my teeth to be?
A. The Zoom! system improves your tooth whiteness by an as much as 8 shades, as measured by the Vita Classic Shade Guide.
Q. Will whitening change my life?
A. Well, it will certainly help you to love your smile … and it’s not a bad place to start.
Q. How long will it last?
A. The results can last for years and your teeth will certainly be lighter than they were. Alot depends on individual food and drink habits. To maintain all you will need to follow simple post-whitening care instructions – flossing, brushing twice a day and occasional maintenance with Zoom! Weekender or Nite White gel. Your mouth’s health is integral to the success of the whitening. Regular visits to our hygienists will help to insure that your teeth are as fighting fit as they can be.
Q. Can it hurt?
A. Sensitivity can occur in some patients during the Zoom! treatment. The light generates minimal heat, which is the usual source of discomfort. Patients will need to use a desensitzer for a week prior to their appointment which will cut down and liminate most sensitivity. On very rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the whitening but do not last long.
Q. Is Zoom! Whitening suitable for everyone?
A. Zoom! tooth whitening is a well-established procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Hydrogen peroxide solution, the active ingredient in whitening, has been used safely for many years in the treatment many dental procedures. However if you are light sensitive, undergoing PUVA therapy (Psoralen +UV Radiation), photochemotherapy or if you have a melanoma, we’d recommend tray-based whitening instead. If you are taking any light-sensitive drugs – prescription, homeopathic or over the counter – then you should consult your doctor before treatment.
Q. What’s the next step?
A. If whiter teeth sound appealing, then call our 404-355-1150 or use the “contact us” to have us contact you to arrange your Zoom! whitening appointment.
Porcelain Fillings (Inlay/Onlay)
Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth,
restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. An inlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.
The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. A mold of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab. They create a restoration made from porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. The restoration takes about 2-3 weeks to make, so a temporary inlay or onlay will be placed on the tooth for that time. During your next visit the inlay or onlay will be placed into your mouth and set with cement. Your tooth will look natural and you or anyone else won’t be able to tell the difference.
Sealants (Cavity Prevention)