Cosmetic Dental Services
You can look great and have a healthy smile! Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways cosmetic dentistry can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, stained or discolored teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth and having a “gummy” smile. Dr. Scott creates a customized treatment plan for you, based on your age and goals for your teeth, as well as your finances.
Imagine a whiter, more brilliant smile! Porcelain veneers are cosmetic dentistry that make a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth. If you have chipped teeth, crooked teeth, gaps between teeth or dull or stained teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution for you. After a little tooth preparation, Dr. Scott will bond and shape thin porcelain veneers to the front surface of your teeth, creating 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 tooth whitening procedure may be all that separates you from a dazzling smile. Tooth whitening is safe, effective and long lasting. There are two main methods to get excellent results: a custom home tooth whitening kit or an in-the-office procedure.
Your custom home whitening kit includes a special tray that is customized to fit over your teeth. You also receive prescription whitening gel, which is inserted into the tray before you wear it. Dr. Scott gives you detailed instructions about how long you should wear the tray each day and you should expect the entire home whitening process to take between two and four weeks, leaving you with a dazzling smile.
Years of wear, tear, injury, or poor care can hurt the look and function of your teeth. With restorative dentistry, Dr. Scott can restore you to excellent dental health using implants, crowns and bridges and other treatments designed to give you freedom from pain, discomfort and future problems.
“Dr. Scott and Staff are AMAZING! I love that I can trust her with my health and well being. It is actually a joy to visit the dentist’s office there!!!”
• Shannon H.
You can straighten your teeth without metal braces. Invisalign™ is an FDA approved system that uses clear, removable aligners to incrementally straighten your teeth. There are no uncomfortable brackets or wires, and because you remove the aligners to eat and drink, there are no food restrictions or problems with brushing or flossing.
Invisalign™ uses 3D computer imaging to map out your entire treatment plan in advance, allowing you to see what your teeth will look like before you begin treatment. Then, using the imaging, a series of custom aligners are created that will move teeth incrementally. You will replace each aligner every two weeks with the next aligner in the sequence. Average treatment time from initial teeth position to brilliant, straight smile ranges from 9 to 15 months. The best part is, most people will never notice that you are undergoing treatment!
Sometimes gum disease, injury, decay or simply everyday wear results in the loss of a tooth. A missing tooth or teeth can create significant problems for your dental health if not corrected. Over time your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to chew efficiently in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move into the open area and result in discomfort, pain and more problems down the road. Bridges made of porcelain “bridge the gap” in your smile. Dr. Scott can create a lifelike, functional bridge to correct your smile, restore your bite and alleviate your discomfort.
A bridge from Dr. Scott is metal free and made from biocompatible porcelain. Dr. Scott utilizes the teeth on both sides of the gap as the bridges supportive structure. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A porcelain tooth is fused between the crowns to replace your missing tooth, completing your smile and restoring comfortable, natural function.
If you have one tooth, or several teeth, that are damaged due to wear and tear, injury or decay, porcelain crowns may be the solution that heals your smile.
If you’ve previously received crowns at the dentist, you may remember the process requiring at least two dental visits over a two or three week period. At Holistic Dental Associates we use CEREC™. CEREC™ is a technological system that allows for the fabrication of crowns and other restorations in a single visit. Many restorations require several visits to the dentist, but with CEREC’s™ system a natural-looking, biocomposite restoration, that has many of the properties of natural teeth, can be custom created for you in less time assuring you of a more comfortable dental experience. This precise and efficient technology saves you valuable time and gives you your dazzling smile faster than ever before.
A crown from Dr. Scott is a custom-made tooth, milled out of porcelain that is placed over your own natural tooth (after a little preparation). Since the crown is custom made for you, it will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and will function so naturally that it feels fantastic. Whether you require one or several crowns, you can rest assured that your smile will look incredible.
When the decay has been taken out of the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. With advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are bonded to your tooth, creating a durable seal that protects your tooth from future damage. You may even elect to remove all your old silver fillings in favor of new, undetectable tooth-colored fillings.
Bonding refers to the placement of tooth-colored resin to correct chipped and broken teeth, discolored teeth and in some cases, space between teeth. Dr. Scott expertly shades and sculpts the resin to match your ideal natural tooth color, while enhancing the shape of your smile. Like a natural tooth, the resin may stain with the use of coffee or other staining foods, so – as with all cosmetic restorations – good hygiene habits are important.