Dr. Anderson creates beautiful smile transformations following the principles of smile design and using the latest in the dental technology and materials . Smile design includes analysis of facial and dental features. We would evaluate the patient’s individual deficiencies in their smiles, and recommend the best treatment options to provide them with dazzling, beautiful smiles. We offer in-office and take-home whitening, Veneers, Ceramic Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays.
Stains caused by smoking, coffee, tea, red wine, aging or tetracycline to name a few, can be effectively removed by whitening products prescribed by your dentist. Over the counter bleaching agents can be harmful to the gums and teeth if not used properly. Prescribed products have been subject to many studies and have been proven to be safe, and will not compromise the existing structure of the teeth enamel. The results of teeth whitening can last 6 months to 2 years depending on your intake habits. (i.e.: eating, drinking, smoking, etc.)
In our office, we provide two different types of bleaching: at-home whitening and chair-side whitening.
For the take-home bleaching, impressions are taken of the teeth and custom trays are fabricated. The patient is instructed how to dispense the whitening gel in the trays and to wear them as prescribed. It takes about 2 weeks for the teeth to brighten a few shades lighter. The result of the whitening and length of time to whiten, varies depending on the teeth and the patient’s compliance. Some tooth sensitivity may result, which will resolve in 24-48 hours.
For the office bleaching, we offer the most advanced teeth whitening system available in the market called Pola. This system uses a full-mouth bleaching light combined with a revolutionary 25% Hydrogen Peroxide light activated gel to lighten teeth 6 to 10 shades in about an hour. The office bleaching is good for the patients who desire immediate results, and do not want the inconvenience of trays and gels over a period of time.
Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Dentistry
What are Inlays/Onlays?
Inlay and onlays are getting utilized more in dental practices due to the strength they provide, their longevity, being more conservative than full coverage crowns, and their esthetic appeal and durability as compared to fillings.
Inlays and onlays are indicated over simple fillings, where there is damage to more than half of the tooth surface. Inlays and onlays are more durable than fillings. They are fabricated in the laboratory under high temperature and pressure to give it hardness and higher strength. and then cemented on the tooth.
Onlays provide more conservative treatment than crowns since they require only the damaged area of the tooth to be restored. Since inlays and onlays are bonded to the tooth with special resins, they can increase the strength of the tooth by up to 75%.
There are different matrials that can be chosen for inlays and onlays. In the past, gold was the popular option. In some cases, we still use gold inlays or onlays. Or if the patient prefers gold as opposed to porcelain. However, porcelain is the material of choice in majority of cases due to its high strength and great esthetics.
Two visits are required for the treatment. During the first visit, the old filling and any decay is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay/onlay. Custom shade is chosen so the inlay/onlay blends in seamlessly with the natural color of the tooth. An impression is taken and a temporary inlay/onlay is placed. The impression is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the inlay/onlay. The material of choice is IPS emax by Ivoclar. The design will be digitally done by CAD/CAM technology.
During the second visit, the inlay/onlay is bonded to the tooth using high strength bonding resins, and polished.
Front teeth that are chipped, gapped, stained, or misaligned can be restored using veneers. These are thin porcelain shells that when bonded to your teeth can brighten, hide discoloration, and improve the smile’s appearance. They are more conservative than the use of crowns,but provide a stronger, longer lasting, more aesthetic alternative to bonding.
Veneers require two dental appointments. In the first appointment, the teeth are prepared by removing a small amount of the enamel from the front of the tooth. An impression of the teeth is taken and sent to the lab for the fabrication of the porcelain veneers. Temporary veneers are fabricated and placed on the teeth until the next visit.
At the next appointment, the veneers are bonded to the teeth using the latest bonding agents for superior strength. They are trimmed, contoured and polished.
Veneers can last for 10-15 years. The longevity of the veneer depends directly on how one looks after their teeth. They may need replacing due to gum disease and recession or if the tooth decays. Hence, maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings is very important. As well, the veneers may need replacing due to trauma. If you participate in contact sports or have a habit of grinding your teeth, then you will need to consider a mouthguard to protect your veneers. Porcelain, just like natural enamel, will wear and fracture under abnormal force such as chewing pens, opening bottles, clenching, etc.
A crown or a “cap” can restore heavily filled, broken or cracked tooth to its original shape and size. A crown may also be recommended after root canal therapy, as the tooth tends to become more brittle, and more susceptible to fracture. A properly prepared crown would feel just like your own natural tooth and would have a natural appearance.
Crowns are done in two appointments. At the first appointment, the tooth is prepared, an impression is taken and a temporary crown is placed. At the following appointment, the temporary crown is replaced with the permanent one.
A bridge replace one or more missing teeth, and has a very natural appearance. It is attached to adjacent natural teeth on either side of the space by means of crowns, inlays, or onlays. Unlike a partial denture, a bridge is permanently fixed, and does not require removal.
Bridges are done in two appointments. At the first appointment, the teeth are prepared, an impression is taken and a temporary bridge is placed. At the following appointment, the temporary bride is replaced with the permanent one.
Crowns and bridges can be done entirely of porcelain or a combination of porcelain and gold. In either case there will be no dark lines or unsightly metal when you smile.