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 provides a custom made tray whitening system that the patient does in the convenience of their own home and at their own pace. The tray method involves having impressions taken in our office and our in house lab will make custom trays for the patient to use. Once the trays are made, the patient will receive detailed instruction on the bleaching process and procedure. The patient has the ability to choose from two bleaching systems – day or night. The day system is worn twice a day for 15 – 30 minutes for 7 to 10 days. The night system, of course, is worn at night for at least 4 hours while the patient is sleeping for the same 7 to 10 days. Once the patient has bleached initially they may require a “touch up” and the patient is in complete control of when they would like to complete this. The patient will use the same trays and bleach and do a touch up. The cost of the tray method is very affordable and only requires a short visit to the office for impressions and instruction.
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.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
1403-B Troy Rd
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Edwardsville, IL 62025