Enhancing the smile's aesthetic appearance can lead to increased self-confidence, improved social skills, and even a more positive outlook on life. Modern cosmetic dentistry merges advanced technology with fine art, and can often produce amazing results in less time than you would expect.
In today's world your smile is important. It's one of the first things people notice when they meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful — it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression, it can help you in your professional and personal life.
Lifestyle, aging process and many other factors can stain and darken your teeth. Many things we do on a regular basis can contribute to stained teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or smoking. Some medications, such as tetracycline are also known to stain teeth.
Whitening can get your smile looking its best. There are many non-professional procedures and products available over-the-counter and on the Internet today. They are relatively inexpensive, but often can lead to unsatisfactory results. What you should look for is a whitening procedure that is:
We offer multiple whitening systems. Each individual is unique; that’s why we want to offer you a choice in whitening that best suits your needs. Dr. Kinga will consult with you which whitening procedure would be most effective for you.
Take Home Whitening
Our Take Home whitening system allow you to whiten your teeth at your convenience — in a customized, effective, and safe way. It works well because everything about it is customized. That means it is fit to you — your smile and your lifestyle.
For In-Office bleaching also known as chairside bleaching, Dr. Kinga will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may or may not be used to enhance the action of the agent. Your whitening process may take from 30 minutes to one hour.
Dental bonding is a procedure in which tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth to restore or improve your smile.
For what conditions might dental bonding be considered?
Dental bonding is an option that can be considered:
What are the advantages and disadvantages of bonding?
Dental veneers (sometimes called dental porcelain laminates) are ultra-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance or to repair damage.
Porcelain veneers are made of ceramic material by a dental laboratory based on a model provided by Dr. Kinga. They are bonded to the front of the teeth to change their color, shape, size or length.
For what conditions might dental veneers be considered?
Dental veneers provide an option that can be considered:
What are the advantages and disadvantages of veneers?
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, provide a more natural tooth appearance, and can last from ten to fifteen years. There is no need for additional maintenance, other than proper brushing and flossing on a daily basis.
Tooth-colored fillings are a safer and more attractive alternative to older silver amalgam fillings. By precisely matching tooth-colored composite fillings with the natural color of your teeth, Dr. Kinga is able to provide you with white fillings that are virtually invisible. The removal of amalgam fillings and replacing them with white fillings can create for you a more pleasing, silver-free smile.
What are white fillings?
White fillings are made of composite resin and serve to fill cavities just like silver amalgam fillings. However, white fillings are matched to the color of your teeth and are virtually invisible. Tooth-colored fillings have become more popular over the years. As the availability of white fillings has increased and the possible dangers associated with mercury containing amalgam fillings have been publicized, more and more patients are having their cavities filled with beautifully white, tooth-colored fillings.
Removing and replacing old metal fillings
Many patients opt for the removal of their amalgam fillings as well. These patients want to enhance their appearance by ridding their mouths of unsightly silver fillings and replacing them with tooth-colored composite fillings. This simple procedure is an easy way to make a big difference in your smile.
We are very proud to be a mercury-free practice.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth—covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.
The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Why is a dental crown needed?
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
What types of crown materials are available?
Permanent crowns can be made from all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all ceramic.
First visit: crown preparation
As the first step in the process of making your crown, Dr. Kinga will anesthetize (numb) your tooth and the gum tissue around it. Next, the tooth receiving the crown will be filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. If a large area of the tooth is missing (due to decay or damage), a synthetic pin (post) and filling material will be used to "build up" the tooth to support the crown.
After reshaping the tooth, an impression of the tooth will be taken for a laboratory to precisely fabricate your crown.
Dr. Kinga will also select the shade that most closely matches the color of the neighboring teeth.
Second visit: receiving the permanent dental crown
During your second visit, Dr. Kinga will check the fit and color of the crown. If everything is acceptable and you are happy with your new crown, it will be permanently cemented into place.
There are two ways to eliminate a gap between teeth, created by a missing tooth or teeth. One way is through dental implants; the other is through a bridge.
A bridge is made up of at least two crowns for the teeth on both sides of the gap — these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Why would you have a bridge done?
Bridges are primarily done to:
The first four reasons are rather self-explanatory and most often used by patients as a rationale to have a bridge done. The last reason on the list is quite often overlooked, even though it is a very important one. The teeth adjacent to the gap created by missing teeth tend to shift with time. It might look like the remaining teeth are shifting to close the gap. What really happens can be seen only in the x-ray picture, which shows what is going on below the gum line and inside the jawbone. The x-ray reveals that the root of the shifting tooth is pressing against the root of the tooth located next to it. And, in accordance with the laws of physics, the more chewing is done, the more pressure is exerted. As a result, both roots are being damaged. This fact alone is a very good reason to consider having a bridge done.
What is the process for getting a dental bridge?
During the first visit for getting a dental bridge, Dr. Kinga will prepare the abutment teeth. The preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of your teeth will be taken, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic(s), and crowns will be manufactured by a dental laboratory.
During the second visit, Dr. Kinga will check and adjust the new bridge as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits may be required to check the fit of the metal framework and bite. This is dependent on each individual's case. The bridge may be temporarily cemented in place for a couple of weeks to make sure it fits properly. After a couple of weeks, the bridge will be permanently cemented into place.
Snap-On Smile is an affordable and life-changing solution for patients of all ages. Getting a Snap-On Smile simple requires two short painless visits with no drilling, no shots and no change in tooth structure.
It is an excellent choice for: