Enhance your Smile
Enhancing your smile for a special occasion such as a wedding, anniversary, or a special day we have the ability to customize your smile through whitening, straightening or reshaping of your teeth.
Whitening your Teeth in the Dentist’s Office
Our Gladstone dentists provide professional-quality tooth whitening treatments for our patients. There are a lot of things out there that can stain our teeth—foods and beverages such as tea, coffee, soy sauce and berries are known for their tooth-staining abilities. Regular consumption of tobacco, caffeine and alcohol can also stain teeth over time.
Many people are using advanced whitening treatments to make their teeth look healthy again. There are many over-the-counter tooth-whitening products, but the majority of them won’t whiten your teeth as much as a single visit to the dentist can. Some whitening toothpastes can whiten your teeth, but also contain materials that can wear down the enamel on your teeth with regular use.
We use the latest in tooth whitening technology to greatly improve the look of your smile without harming your teeth, a special bleaching agent that is applied directly to the teeth. Best of all, it usually takes just one office visit to complete.
Our friendly dentists are adept at performing cosmetic bonding procedures. A dental cosmetic bonding is the process of fixing a chipped or broken tooth by using a special tooth-colored filler material. Bonding can also be used to fill big gaps between teeth and also to change the shape of a tooth. It is a very easy and straightforward procedure, and can be completed in one visit.
First, the dentist matches the color of the bonding material to the color of your teeth. Then they gently scratch the surface of the tooth to make the bonding material stick better. The dentist then applies the bonding material, which can be shaped and sculpted to its desired form. Once it is the right shape, the dentist will solidify the bonding material by using ultraviolet light or lasers. Once it is firm enough, the dentist will polish the material until it matches the shading of your natural teeth. It is important to remember that the bonding materials used are not as strong as your actual teeth. It is wise to avoid chewing your nails or crunching on ice cubes after you have had a cosmetic bonding done. The material will last up to five years if you practice good oral hygiene.
Our proficient and compassionate dentists are professionals when it comes to placing porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of dental porcelain, which are permanently bonded to teeth. Some reasons for getting porcelain veneers include broken or chipped teeth, stains, gaps and crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers can be custom-fitted to your teeth to improve the look of your smile.
While porcelain veneers are designed to improve the aesthetics of your teeth, they also function as tooth enamel. To place a veneer on a tooth, our dentists must first chip away a tiny layer of enamel to make room for the veneer. Then our dentists use a cohesive resin to firmly bond the veneer to the front surface of the tooth. Unlike your natural teeth, porcelain veneers are actually highly resistant to stains and will stay white for years. While porcelain veneers are very sturdy and compare in strength to natural teeth, we would still recommend that you avoid activities that damage regular teeth, such as crunching on ice cubes or opening bottles with your veneers.
Invisalign™ Invisible Braces
Invisalign™ Invisible Braces are a cutting edge alternative to braces that our dentists are pleased to offer. Like conventional braces, they are worn 24/7, but one of the key advantages is that you can take them out when you eat or brush and floss your teeth, giving you more freedom with your food choices and better dental hygiene. When you combine this with Invisalign nearly invisible appearance, you’ve got an amazing alternative treatment for many patients!
How do they work?
Using a series of clear trays custom-molded for your teeth, Invisalign™ delicately moves your teeth into their proper alignment. All you have to do is switch to a new tray every two weeks. Each new tray is formed to put gentle pressure on your teeth to nudge them just a bit closer to straight. After about one year of treatment your smile will be transformed!
When you come in for your first appointment, we’ll do a series of standing x-rays and take impressions of your teeth to better understand your bite. We’ll create a customized plan for your trays, and then all you have to do is wear them. We’ll see you for brief appointments every six weeks, just so we can monitor your progress, but you can relax; the trays do all the work.
What’s the big deal?
Whereas braces may be uncomfortable at times, Invisalign™ is designed to be much more gentle on your mouth. With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about tightening any wires or fiddling with metal parts. The Invisalign™ “braces” are nearly invisible, so you can discreetly straighten your teeth without negatively affecting your appearance. Invisalign costs about the same as traditional metal braces, depending on the severity of the case. Insurance plans also tend to offer the same coverage that they would offer for traditional braces.
Who can benefit from Invisalign™?
Invisalign braces can reduce the gap between front teeth, ease overcrowding, and realign a patient’s bite, all issues that can cause tooth decay or wearing down of teeth. They can also improve Temporomandibular Joint Disorder—which can cause pain, tension, and popping in the TMJ—because of poor alignment of the bite. Whether your concern is purely cosmetic or because you want to keep your teeth healthy, Invisalign could be the perfect solution for you. For more success stories, check out Invisalign website!