When describing your smile, are “white” and “bright” the first words you use? If not, you should consider our in-office and take-home whitening solutions. Our practice uses Zoom!® whitening systems to put the dazzle back in your smile. Through the use of a hydrogen peroxide-based gel and a special lamp, the Zoom!® Chairside Whitening System can whiten your smile up to ten shades in about one hour. If you would prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of home, our office will provide you with the Zoom!® Weekender Kit, complete with customized trays. After three days of home treatment, you will have noticeably whiter teeth.
If stained, chipped, or crooked teeth detract from your smile, porcelain veneers may be the solution for you. Dental veneers are thin shells of highly stain-resistant porcelain that are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth, creating a natural looking smile. An impression of your teeth will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where your porcelain veneers will be custom manufactured. In about one to two weeks, your veneers will be completed and ready to be attached. Dr. Shafiei will carefully bond the veneers to your teeth, and you will leave our office with a gleaming new smile.
Dental bonding is an alternative solution to repair chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth. The process requires less time than the application of porcelain veneers and, depending on how many teeth are being repaired, can usually be completed in one visit. Bonding involves a composite resin being applied to a tooth to alter its appearance. Prior to the procedure, our dentists will select a shade of the resin that matches the color of your teeth. After the bonding material has been applied, the tooth will be shaped and polished to complement the size and finish of your surrounding teeth, leaving you with a beautiful new smile. Contact us today, to learn more about dental bonding and how it can help reshape your smile.
Do you want straighter teeth without having to wear bulky metal braces? You should consider the orthodontic aligners offered by Dr. Shafiei. Using plastic molds and computer simulation, our dentists will be able to custom design a series of aligners to guide your teeth into their ideal position. Each aligner will be worn for two weeks, to be removed only for meals and teeth cleaning. At the end of this two-week period, your existing aligner will be replaced by a new one, and the cycle will continue until you have the smile you wanted. The entire process requires about the same amount of time as traditional braces.
Having cavities no longer needs to mean having conspicuous fillings. Today, tooth-colored composite fillings are a viable alternative to the metal fillings of the past. Unlike traditional metal fillings containing mercury, tooth-colored fillings are formed with durable composite resins and plastics, resulting in restorations that have a more natural look. Bonded directly to the tooth, the composite fillings are durable and strong.
Dental crowns, also referred to as caps, are restorations placed over a badly damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns can also be used to conceal an unsightly tooth or to hold a dental bridge in place. Porcelain crowns are made of ceramic and customized to match the natural color of your teeth. These crowns are extremely durable and, with proper dental hygiene, can last up to 40 years.
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth and to restore function and balance to your mouth. Bridges are comprised of two crowns surrounding and securing an artificial tooth. They are custom-designed to fill in the gap and are natural in appearance. Our dentists ensure that each bridge is secure and comfortable. With good oral hygiene, dental bridges can last for over a decade.
Inlays and Onlays
In the spectrum of dental procedures, inlays and onlays fall between crowns and fillings. Similar to crowns, inlays and onlays are created using CEREC Technology and then bonded to the surface of the tooth during a second visit. Inlays and onlays, however, do not completely cover the tooth, but correct a surface area closer to that of tooth-colored fillings. Unlike fillings, inlays and onlays strengthen the tooth structure, allowing the tooth to support 50 to 75 percent more chewing force than before treatment.
Dentures, unlike dental bridges, are removable replacements for missing teeth. Dr. Shafiei offers both complete (or full) and partial dentures. These dentures are finely crafted and custom-fitted and will provide support for you to speak and eat with ease. For natural looking, strong, comfortable dentures, contact us today.
Dental implants are titanium tooth roots that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw. The implants bond with the bone over time and act as anchors for replacement teeth. After the implants are inserted, they need about three to six months to heal. At this time, artificial teeth are crafted to be placed on the implants. The procedure for dental implants is lengthier than restorative procedures for bridges or dentures, but the results are more secure and longer lasting. Once completed, dental implants leave you with a confident and natural looking smile.
Perhaps there are several cosmetic improvements that you want to make to your smile. Dr. Shafiei can design a complete smile makeover for you. The makeover may combine any number of the procedures we offer, ensuring that you get the smile that you have always dreamed about. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to create your perfect smile.
|Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2011 23:16|