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Common Cosmetic Dental Problems

Cosmetic dentistry can solve purely aesthetic dental problems, but typically goes farther to improve the health, function and comfort of your smile. In the process of correcting common cosmetic dental problems, cosmetic dentistry can address serious dental problems and prevent future problems, while giving you a beautiful smile. The cosmetic dentists at Integrated Dental Aesthetics are dedicated to helping you achieve your cosmetic dentistry goals.

 

Discoloration

Many of our clients want whiter, brighter teeth. When appropriate, cosmetic bleaching—also known as teeth whitening—is one of the safest and most effective techniques to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Whether caused by the external effects of coffee, tea, red wine, smoking, the natural process of aging or internal staining from some antibiotics—or if you are just uncomfortable with the natural shade of your teeth—bleaching allows us to quickly lighten either individual teeth or an entire mouth. Our practice uses both the Zoom Whitening and Kor bleaching systems. If your discoloration does not respond to whitening, or if you want to correct more than one dental problem in one treatment, porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be right for you.

 

Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth may be straightened without the need to wear braces, using Invisalign. Invisalign is a ground-breaking alternative way to straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign gradually repositions your teeth over a period of about six months to two years. The system uses a series of removable aligners that are virtually invisible, so that you don’t have to worry about your appearance and ugly silver brackets. You can take them out for daily necessities like eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. Comfortable and convenient, Invisalign is the preferred method of teeth alignment for many patients. Dr. Jessica Logan of Integrated Dental Aesthetics is an Invisalign Preferred Provider.

 

Porcelain Veneers

Instant orthodontics uses porcelain veneers to correct the appearance of crooked teeth.  Improving the function and appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers are conservative restorations which allow us to change the shape, color or position of a tooth in order to achieve optimal aesthetics and function. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain, artistically constructed to duplicate the ideal aesthetic properties of a natural tooth. It is then bonded over your minimally prepared natural tooth structure. Typically done to cosmetically improve a smile or correct the way your teeth meet, laminates offer the finest in aesthetic services available today.

In this day and age, many busy adults don’t have the time or disposition for the multiple office visits required with traditional orthodontics. For many adults, “instant orthodontics” can be achieved with cosmetic dentistry in two or three appointments. To put this in perspective, achieving the same results with traditional orthodontics could take one to three years.

What are the other advantages? In addition to straightening and evening your teeth, instant orthodontics can also provide the desired color, shape and contour, all of which are corrected and balanced to harmonize with your face and smile.

 

Gaps or Missing Teeth

Small gaps are easily covered with dental bonding. Porcelain veneers are an option for correcting larger gaps. We can replace a missing tooth with a dental implant and can replace a group of missing teeth with an implant-supported dental bridge.

 

Unsightly Gums

A gummy smile or uneven gum line can make the most beautiful teeth look unhealthy. Laser dentistry allows us to give you beautiful gums with laser gum recontouring. We treat any existing gum disease in the process, supporting the health of your teeth, gums and jawbone, and your overall health.

 

Metal Fillings and Crowns

Visible metal restorations detract from the beauty of your smile. Even those which are not noticeable can damage the integrity and health of your teeth. We can replace your metal fillings and crowns with beautiful tooth-colored fillings, which restore the strength of your teeth and protect the health of your teeth long-term.

The restoration of a tooth to a position of optimal form and function requires a return to strengthening and filling it with a material that will address the degree of decay or breakdown. Your doctors will also take into account the functional demands of the area being restored.

An optimal material would provide internal strength, hardness, wearability and thermal expansion to hot and cold, while color matching will allow it to appear identical to existing tooth enamel. We strive for the highest quality aesthetic restoration, restoring the missing strength and structure, and returning the tooth to full integrity in terms of both function and aesthetics. Our bonded composite resin and ceramic restorations provide a twenty-first century improvement over the historic nineteenth-century silver amalgam filling.

We have not offered the silver mercury amalgam as a filling material since 1992. While there is some controversy today about whether the presence of mercury in silver fillings compromises optimal immune system function and other related health concerns, our decision to not offer this material is based on our concern for patients’ health, as well as the superior alternatives available.

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry and solutions to common cosmetic dental problems, or to schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics in Kinnelon, New Jersey, today.