concentrates on improving the appearance of a person's teeth, smile and
mouth by providing elective – or desired – treatments or services.
Cosmetic procedures may also provide restorative benefits. For instance,
fillings are a common procedure used to treat decayed teeth. In the
past, most dental fillings were composed primarily of gold, amalgam and
other materials that left visible dark spots on the teeth. Many people
choose to have their older fillings replaced with newer, tooth-colored
fillings to enhance their smile.
Smiles, we use such technologies as lasers in order to perform some
procedures – without the need for invasive surgery or referrals to
specialists. This makes cosmetic dental procedures such as smile
makeovers more convenient and comfortable, and helps reduce recovery
time as well.
Cosmetic dental procedures available at our office:
Whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure
available to the public today. In our office we use the one-hour,
in-office Lumibrite Whitening System. Our team is highly trained in
assisting with the procedure as well as giving pre and post operative
instructions so that patients may achieve the best results. The
Lumibrite system differs from ZOOM Whitening in that a plasma arch
curing light is used instead of a UV curing light. This light is much
safer to patients' extra-oral areas, mainly the skin and lips. Patients
also reportedly experience less sensitivity during and after the
procedure with the Lumibrite system.
Smile is a less
invasive alternative to a partial. CLICK HERE to read more about it.
Lumineers are a very popular and rather conservative cosmetic
procedure available in dentistry today. A veneer is a thin veil of porcelain
which is cemented to the front surface of front teeth. Lumineers
are the most cosmetic type of veneer available. This is because no
preparation or drilling of the teeth is necessary. Lumineers are
also paper thin providing a more translucent and natural appearance.
Lumineers are used to mask teeth that are misaligned, hide
gaps between front teeth, and/or cover teeth that have intrinsic stain.
Lumineers may be recommended if you have gaps in your teeth or if you have
not had success with teeth whitening. At Mid-City Smiles, Dr. Anderson
exclusively uses Lumineers as his type of veneers.
Implants are artificial tooth root replacements. The dental
implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw. An artificial
tooth or teeth is then affixed to the post. At Mid-City Smiles we
provide complete implant care. Dr. Anderson is trained in placing
implants as well as restoring them. This means that all implant
care form start to finish can be provided in our office without referral
to a specialist. Implants are used either as an
artificial root or as an anchor for a fixed or removable denture. There
are many benefits of Implants. They are used as a substitute for
bridges or dentures. Implants replace single or multiple teeth without
having to use other teeth for support. Implants don't decay.
Bonding is adding tooth-colored material to a tooth in order to
fill in spaces between front teeth or fix chipped teeth. It is a
popular cosmetic dentistry procedure which takes little time. It is a
less expensive alternative to veneers or crowns in some cases. The
result is a smile that blends invisibly with the rest of your natural
teeth to create a healthy, bright smile.