Cosmetic Dentistry


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 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.

WHITENING 
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses two methods: Custom Trays or Opalescence Go.

The Custom Tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A 20% carbamide peroxide with potassium nitrate gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 2 to 4 hours. The entire process can take 3-4 weeks of daily use depending on the individual and desired result . The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays may be kept to use for future "touch ups" (providing no major changes in your teeth occur).

With the Opalescence Go method each box comes with 10 sets of 15% hydrogen peroxide prefilled trays. A tray is easily inserted on the upper and lower teeth, the inner lining of the tray will quickly conform to your teeth allowing you to remove the outer tray and go freely about your business.  The inner liner need only be worn for 15 to 20 minutes a day for 5 to 10 days, depending on your desired result.    

The end results whether using Custom Trays or Opalescence Go at home can be the same. The cost of the Opalescence Go method is less than half of Custom Trays.

VENEERS
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 largest advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed.   Veneers are recommended for front teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.

 

5960 Howdershell Rd
Suite 202
Hazelwood, MO 63042
(314) 731-5155
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