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KöR Tooth Whitening

Get a brilliant white smile, permanently!

The Problem:

  • Dull colored or stained teeth

The Solution:

Plastic whitening trays will be made from models of your teeth. You will then place a special whitening gel in each tray and wear the trays in your mouth for several hours per day. (Many patients wear their trays after dinner and before bed.) A significant change in tooth color is usually seen in just four to six weeks.

Advantages:

Modern tooth whitening systems are highly effective and have dramatic results. Many celebrities consistently whiten their teeth to improve their appearance.

Alternatives:

Accelerated whitening is another option for some patients. This process can result in whiter, brighter teeth in just one office visit. Please consult with the doctor to see if this procedure may work for you.

Occasionally, teeth may be stained in a way that limits the effectiveness of tooth whitening. In those instances, porcelain laminates or crowns are an excellent alternative.

 Cosmetic Bonding

Restore chipped teeth and fill gaps between teeth.

The problem:

  • Unsightly gaps between front teeth
  • Slightly chipped teeth
  • Rough or jagged edges on front teeth
  • Dull colored or stained teeth

The solution:

Composite resin is a white, tooth colored material that can be shaded to match your teeth. This material is applied to your teeth and sculpted to cover or replace the problem area. The material bonds to the surface of your teeth like a glue. It is often "cured" or hardened with an intense ultraviolet light.

Advantages:

When skillfully applied and sculpted, this material allows you to have a natural, beautiful improvement in your smile.

Disadvantages:

Bonding is initially less expensive than porcelain veneers. However, it tends to break down and discolor in several years and will need to be replaced. For this reason, porcelain restorations are usually more cost effective over time

Alternatives:

Porcelain laminates or crowns are an excellent, longer lasting alternative.

 Crowns and Bridges

Crowns

Protect and keep badly decayed or fractured teeth while maintaining a beautiful smile.

The Problem:

  • Badly decayed teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Need to protect and strengthen teeth

The Solution:

A crown (often called a cap) covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a highly accurate impression or mold is made of the prepared surface. This mold is used to create a model of the tooth which is then sent to a special laboratory that will create a gold or porcelain (tooth colored) crown. The crown is then cemented onto the prepared surface of the tooth.

Advantages:

Porcelain offers a fine alternative to other tooth restoration materials. Made to perfectly match the shade and shape of your teeth, it's durable, it's strong, and it's virtually undetectable.

Crowns are incredibly strong due to the fact that they are created in a laboratory. This protects and strengthens the remaining tooth structure. In the hands of a skilled dentist, a crown will fit almost perfectly onto the prepared surface of the tooth, reducing the size of the seam between the crown and the tooth. This helps keep decay from eventually occurring under the crown.

Crowns should be placed before the tooth is so decayed that it may fracture. This can often help prevent the expense of root canal therapy in the future. It can also prevent the possibility that a fractured tooth may need to be removed, requiring the expense of a bridge or implant to replace the missing tooth.

Alternatives:

In the event that a tooth is so decayed or fractured that it needs to be removed, the best alternatives to a crown are bridges and implants that replace the missing tooth.

 Porcelain Bridges

A great way to replace missing teeth.

The Problem:

  • A missing tooth or teeth
  • Potential bite and jaw joint problems from teeth shifting to fill the space
  • The "sunken face" look associated with missing teeth
  • Desire to improve chewing ability
  • Desire for a more permanent solution than dentures

The Solution:

A bridge is a single appliance that is generally attached to two teeth on each side of the space where a tooth is missing. An artificial tooth attached in the middle of the bridge fills in the gap where the missing tooth was. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared for crowns (see crowns) and a highly accurate impression or mold is made of the prepared area. This mold is used to create a gold or porcelain (tooth colored) bridge in a special laboratory. The bridge is then cemented onto the prepared surface of the teeth, effectively creating the appearance of a "new" tooth.

In some instances, a resin-bonded bridge may be used. In this case, the two teeth on each side of the gap are not prepared for crowns. Instead, the bridge consists of a false tooth with metal brackets on the back of each side of the gap. The brackets are attached to the backs of the real teeth on each side.

Advantages:

Unlike dentures, a fixed bridge is never removed. It is stable in the mouth and works very similar to natural teeth. By filling the gap and stopping the movement of other teeth, a fixed bridge is an excellent investment, providing better chewing ability, heading off jaw joint problems and saving money that might otherwise be spent on future dental treatment.

Disadvantages:

Fixed bridges are excellent restorations and have few disadvantages. They are highly durable, but they will eventually need to be re-cemented or replaced due to normal wear.  They are difficult to clean underneath and require special kinds of hygiene tools in order to keep clean.  The teeth next to the missing space also need to be prepared to create the bridge.

Alternatives:

In the event that the use of a fixed bridge is not feasible, the best alternative is a dental implant. 

 Invisalign

The Clear Alternative to metal braces.

Invisalign is a breakthrough technology that straightens teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible, custom-molded aligners. These aligners replace the wires and brackets of the past, making orthodontic care practically unnoticeable to others. And, unlike braces of the past, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth.

The average invisalign course of treatment takes about a year. During that time, you will change to a new set of aligners every two weeks. Each set of aligners gently moves your teeth one step closer to their optimal position until you develop a beautiful, healthy smile.

Unlike traditional braces, few people will even know you're wearing Invisalign. That's because each aligner is nearly invisible. So you can have the confidence you need while looking great at work, at school, and with friends. It's a new type of orthodontics, helping you look good now to look great in the future!

Invisalign has been proven effective in both clinical research and in dental practices nationwide and can treat:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps in teeth
  • Shifting of teeth after braces

Best of all, Invisalign helps improve your overall health, including:

  • Healthier gums
  • Easier cleanings
  • Improved chewing
  • Reduced risk of abnormal tooth wear
  • Improved speech
  • Greater sense of well-being

Please call us to schedule a consultation to see if Invisalign is right for you. Remember, with Invisalign, there's nothing to hide.

 Porcelain Veneers

Completely reshape your teeth for a beautiful, white smile.

The Problem:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Unsightly gaps between front teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Rough or jagged edges on front teeth
  • Teeth that are too small or large in proportion to the rest of the mouth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Worn teeth

The Solution:

A porcelain laminate (often called a veneer) is a thin shell of porcelain that covers the front of each tooth. They bond directly to the front of the tooth, similar to the way artificial fingernails work. Each porcelain laminate is a work of art, carefully crafted in a laboratory to fit your individual smile.

Advantages:

In the hands of a highly skilled dentist, porcelain laminates can provide you with an incredibly natural, beautiful smile. They are virtually undetectable and can dramatically improve your appearance. They are durable and long-lasting when compared to other cosmetic treatments.

Alternatives:

Porcelain laminates are an excellent investment. However, they are not appropriate for teeth with excessive decay. In those cases, porcelain crowns are the only alternative. In the event that you desire only to improve tooth alignment, orthodontic treatment may be another alternative.