At Today’s Family Dental, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to our patients. The appearance of your teeth is important to us and we are committed to giving you the beautiful smile that you deserve. Some of our cosmetic dentistry services include Smile Design, Teeth Whitening and Porcelain Veneers.
If you are not completely happy with the way your smile looks, you are certainly not alone. Surveys show that many adults feel that way. If you are one of them, we’d like to talk to you about how the art of smile design can enhance not just your smile, but also your self-confidence, health, and emotional well-being.
A beautiful smile can impact your social and professional life in extremely positive ways. And these days, there’s so much that can be done to improve the appearance of a person’s smile — at any age. The best thing about smile design is that it is not a one-size-fits-all approach. It is a collaboration between you, our dentists, and our dental laboratory artisans. Working together, we will produce a result that is uniquely suited to your own desires and circumstances. One of the ways that we do this is by fabricating a “wax-up” which will show a representation of the restorations (i.e. crowns to correct misshaped front teeth) on the teeth which you will be considering. This is very beneficial, because it enables you, the patient to see the final result before any dental work is done.
It’s hard to imagine anything more appealing than a sparkling, white smile. Yet our teeth rarely stay as white as we’d like them to without a little help. Fortunately, that help is available right here at the dental office.
Teeth whitening done in a professional dental setting is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. It’s also perhaps the most economical cosmetic dental procedure. Depending on the whitening of our methods you choose, results can be dramatic. We offer our patients “take home” whitening kits, as well as whitening which is performed in our office. One of our “in-office” whitening treatments is Kor Dental Whitening. It is extremely effective, yet safe to your teeth. Widely recognized as the world’s most effective teeth whitening system, KöR offers cost-effective solutions from phenomenal home whitening for average patients, to astonishing treatment of tetracycline cases and everything in-between.
We will perform an oral exam before you begin any whitening process, as we want to make sure your tooth discoloration is not the result of a dental condition in need of treatment. We also want you to be aware that it can be risky to have whitening solutions applied to your teeth by untrained personnel in shopping malls. If you have any questions about which whitening method would be best for you, we would be happy to answer them.
What makes a smile beautiful? That’s a complex question, but some qualities of a lovely smile are immediately identifiable: good tooth color, shape and alignment are a few of the most important ones. If your teeth could use improvement in any of these categories, porcelain veneers could be just what you’re looking for.
You may already know that a veneer is a thin covering over another surface. In dentistry, a veneer is a wafer-thin layer of super-strong porcelain that convincingly substitutes for natural tooth enamel. When bonded to your teeth, veneers can create a natural-looking, beautiful new surface. That’s because dental porcelain, like natural tooth enamel, is translucent and tough. But it doesn’t stain like tooth enamel does.
Recent years have brought remarkable advances in dental porcelain technology. These days, veneers can be made so thin that they can sometimes be bonded directly onto your existing tooth surface. In other cases, a very thin layer of tooth enamel — as thin as the veneer itself — needs to be removed to fit the new porcelain surface and make it look as lifelike as possible. Either way, the results are sure to make you smile.
Missing, broken and misshaped teeth can cause a whole host of problems, from difficulty eating and speaking, to poor nutrition and self-confidence. Crowns and bridges are excellent ways of repairing or replacing these teeth.
A dental crown or “cap” is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth. It can even replace a missing tooth as part of a dental bridge.
A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is in contrast to a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth’s front surface and needs natural tooth structure to support it.
Therefore, if a tooth is missing a significant amount of structure above the gum line, a crown would be the restoration of choice.
Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again.
A bridge is a permanent prosthesis (replacement part) that relies on support from healthy teeth surrounding the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth. The artificial replacement tooth is called a “pontic” after the French “pont” for bridge. The healthy adjacent teeth, called abutments, provide support on either side — just like a bridge spanning a canyon. In order for the abutment teeth to provide this crucial support, they must be crowned or “capped.” The process for doing this is the same as if these teeth needed crowns for any other reason — trauma or significant decay, for example. First, the abutment teeth are “prepared” by removing their enamel thereby creating enough space for the crown to fit over and completely cover them while maintaining a lifelike appearance.
When crafted from today’s high-tech porcelains (dental ceramics), crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. In many instances, crowns are placed to improve upon a tooth’s original appearance, giving the patient that “hollywood” smile. Today’s Family Dental excels in providing the most natural, esthetic crowns and bridges. Our restoration of choice it Zeno Zirconia, which is milled at our partner laboratory, by a Cad Cam machine out of a solid block. It is then detailed by a master ceramist to create a restoration that is incredibly durable stunningly life like.
We at Today’s Family Dental are proud to provide Invisalign orthodontics services to our patients. Orthodontics focuses on correcting the alignment of a patient’s teeth and bite. Through advanced training and education, Dr. De Rosso and his associates are able to offer this specialty dental service.
When you hear the word “orthodontics,” what comes to mind? Probably a young teenager whose teeth are covered by a latticework of metal. There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that description. However, there now exists an increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal braces: Invisalign® clear aligners.
As the name implies, Invisalign clear aligners are made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic. Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing. This advantage can also be a disadvantage: It means you must resist the temptation to take your aligners out more than is advised.
Clear aligner technology has been improving over the years and can correct many malocclusions that once would have been too complicated for this form of treatment. Yet there are still some situations for which traditional braces would still be best.
What Invisalign Can Treat
The Invisalign system has been successful in giving hundreds of thousands of amazing smiles to both teens and adults. One of our doctors, both certified Invisalign providers, will create your individual treatment plan using Invisalign’s clear, custom-molded aligners to solve a range of issues, including:
- Overly crowded teeth
- Widely spaced teeth
How Invisalign Works
- Aligners are worn for 22 hours a day, and only removed to eat, brush or floss.
- Your teeth will move bit by bit and you’ll be changing aligners every two weeks.
- You’ll check in with the doctor for a progress report as directed
- Length of treatment depends on the amount of movement needed; the average is 11 months, with a range of 5 months – 2 years possible.
Please call to schedule a free consultation. We would be happy to discuss this in detail with you.