Granger, IN Dentist (574) 277-4235

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 upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. 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.

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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

services-whitening-2Whitening is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in dentistry.  Teeth whitening can create confidence and improve your appearance and smile.  Our office uses both customized whitening trays and professional strength whitestrips.

Teeth Whitening

It's safe effective and fast, very fast. Your teeth will be dramatically whiter. The convenience of these in comparison to days of using strips or wearing trays makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.

before-after-whiteningThe tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 30 minutes or longer, depending on sensitivity and whitening results. The entire process generally takes 3-4 weeks of daily use to achieve the desired result. Several different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of tooth sensitivity.  For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.

 

 

 

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.

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services-veneers-2The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

Veneers are thin, porcelain, semi-translucent laminates that are permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are the most aesthetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions involving front teeth, including:

 

  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Unsightly, stained, or washed out fillings
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth that cannot be whitened
  • Crooked tee

services-veneers-3The 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 advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.