This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses several methods: KoR Whitening, passive tray whitening, and professional strength white strips.
KoR is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It's safe and very effective. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The clinician then applies the proprietary KoR whitening gel that is activated by a specially designed light. After the initial in office visit the patient will be provided trays to wear at home and a follow up office visit will be scheduled. The KoR method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining.
The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 3 hours, or overnight. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.
We have researched several of the strip treatments on the market and have been very impressed with the Sheer White brand. It is an inexpensive place to start and produces great results for the majority of our patients. This is a prescription strength tray and is available in office to our patients.
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.
Dr Kenneth Austin is a general dentist that has completed and externship with the Academy of GP Orthodontics. This program was designed to provide the general dentist with the necessary skills to diagnose and treat most orthodontic cases. We provide traditional metal braces, porcelain "tooth colored" braces, and the clear alligner trays depending on the patients concerns and desired results.