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Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures for lightening teeth stained by tea, coffee, soda, and tobacco. We offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening to provide our patients with maximum convenience.
In-office teeth whitening affords patients the opportunity to achieve whiter teeth in less than an hour. First, a bleaching gel is applied to the teeth and then activated by exposure to a specially designed whitening light. Alternatively, at-home teeth whitening systems offer our patients the flexibility and comfort of being able to whiten their teeth in the privacy of their own homes. We help our patients choose the correct product for optimal results. We offer Nite White¢ç, Day White¢ç, and Zoom¢ç home teeth whitening products at our office. Results can be dramatic, yet many people will only notice that you look better without knowing exactly why.
Porcelain Veneers/ Porcelain Crowns
In many cosmetic dentistry makeovers either porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns are the restoration of choice. Typically, dental crowns encase an entire tooth whereas porcelain veneers cover only the front side of the tooth. The amount of tooth reduction needed for a crown differs from that of a veneer. Aside from removal of decayed old fillings there are structural requirements which can sometimes dictate the need for a crown over a veneer. In cosmetic cases keep in mind there is some idealized surface shape that the dentist is trying to achieve for both cosmetic and functional concerns. A classic porcelain veneer is a wafer-thin shell of ceramic that is bonded onto the front of the tooth. Whereas a dental crown covers and encases the entire tooth, a porcelain veneer just covers the side of the tooth a person shows when they are smiling. There is significantly less tooth structure removed for a porcelain veneer as opposed to when a dental crown is made. The veneer is a preferred preparation in that less tooth structure is sacrificed.
-Can be used to significantly change the color and shape of a tooth
-Are often used to rebuild teeth that are badly broken/decayed
-Are very strong, they are a good choice in situations where the tooth is subject to heavy biting forces
-Require significant tooth reduction
-Once a crown is made the tooth will always require a crown
-Can be used to produce significant color and minor shapes change to the tooth
-Are placed on the teeth whose underlining tooth structure is generally healthy. In act they are strong but brittle and do best in the absence of heavy occlusal forces
-Require much less tooth preparation than crowns
-Once a veneer is place, most likely the tooth will always require a veneer
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
When teeth in the back of the mouth suffer decay, inlays and onlays can be used to fill them. Sculpted to ensure a precise fit, inlays fill cavities and restore strength to damaged teeth. Onlays are more extensive than inlays, covering the entire top surface of the tooth. Onlays are most often used when the extent of tooth decay makes inlays and regular fillings unsuitable treatment options, but the decay or damage is not sufficient enough to require porcelain crowns. Both inlays and onlays are made from tooth-colored material so that your results will be both durable and natural-looking. These restorations are ultimately bonded to the tooth, thus strengthening the tooth.
We offer Lava, E-Max, Zirconium, Cercon, Cerec, Empress II for cosmetic crowns/veneeres and Inlays/onlays. It will be determined depending on cases and esthetic requirements.
Unlike inlays, onlays, or porcelain crowns, tooth-colored fillings are done in a single appointment. They are a good way to treat small cavities in teeth. Though they look excellent and are bonded directly to teeth, they are not necessarily as durable as porcelain inlays or onlays, and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time.
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Smile Make-overs and full/partial mouth reconstructions
Smile Design begins with an examination and a personal consultation with Dr. Lee. Your lip line, facial shape, jaw angle, and eye symmetry are examined. Radiographs, impressions, or photographs may be taken and diagnostic wax-up may be required to give patients some idea on what he/she would looks like after the treatments are done.
The doctor will discuss your needs and concerns, and answer all of your questions. Dr. Lee believes that each of these elements are essential in designing the most beautiful, natural smile for each of our patients.
After your smile design evaluation is complete, Dr. Lee will plan a smile makeover. Our philosophy is to use the most conservative dental technologies available to create the perfect smile.