Cosmetic dental procedures usually include services that are requested by patients that improve appearance by fixing concerns that are not necessarily harmful to your overall oral health. All-in-One Dental Innovations is happy to offer a list of cosmetic dentistry services that can improve your smile and your overall appearance. Sometimes patients are bothered by certain oral concerns that can leave them feeling less than confident. It's important to look and feel our best and a great smile can often be the first step in achieving that goal.
Many, many patients enjoy the benefits of professional teeth whitening. We offer three choices for whitening in order to match each individual with a solution that will work best for him or her. In addition to teeth whitening services, we also offer veneers, same-day crowns, and dental bridges. These are all great ways to improve a range of different cosmetic tooth problems.
Even with impeccable oral hygiene, our patients sometimes experience tooth discoloration. Certain foods and beverages, tobacco products and the side effects of some medications are a few of the causes of yellowing smiles. The good news is that tooth discoloration is easily fixed and at All-in-One Dental, we make this especially true by offering three different whitening systems. A wider range of whitening options allows Dr. Huang to work with patients on an individual level by choosing treatment needs on a patient-to-patient basis. Opting for professional whitening that is overseen by your dentist will allow for optimal results. Plus, we offer both in-office and at-home options giving patients the freedom to decide which is more comfortable.
Our highly effective whitening options include The Sinsational Smile® method, KöR® Whitening, and Zoom® Whitening. The systems differ by details such as wear-time and whitening power. In looking at the severity of discoloration and other individual factors such as sensitivity or at-home preference, with your help, Dr. Huang will be able to recommend your best option. The Sinsational Smile® and Zoom® systems are both in-office options that deliver results by means of whitening gel and a specialized LED light for speeding up the process. The KöR® system is designed to fit only your mouth and is worn at home while you sleep.
All of our whitening options offer great results, it's just a matter of finding which is right for you. A whiter, brighter smile is much closer than you may think!
Same Day Crowns With CEREC®
Dental crowns can offer a solution to a wide array of dental concerns by improving functionality or appearance of your teeth (or both!) Dental crowns (sometimes called "caps,") can be used on one tooth or multiple teeth. The ceramic crown is placed over your existing tooth and secured into place. The protective crown is manufactured to fit precisely and blend in beautifully with your surrounding natural teeth. A crown can not only cover chips, cracks or discoloration but can also protect your tooth or teeth and help to avoid the possible necessity of extraction in the future. Crowns are easy to care for as they add no additional steps to your normal oral hygiene routine. With normal brushing, flossing and rinsing, crowns can last for many years.
In the past, dentists and patients had to rely on temporary crowns to be worn between multiple visits while waiting on permanent crowns to be manufactured. If there was a problem with the new crowns, the wait was even longer. This is no longer a concern as our office uses the very best in ceramic restoration technology. With the use of CEREC® Same Day Crowns, Dr. Huang can create a custom made crown unique to your tooth and fit it securely in place in one visit! CEREC® technology is able to take digital images of your tooth and construct a precise 3D model that is manufactured on-site. Once the crown is created and placed, the dentist will ensure that it is comfortable and functional and you're finished!
Veneers (or "laminates") are extremely thin shell-like covers that bind to the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are somewhat similar to crowns in that they cover and protect the problem area. However, veneers are thinner and lighter than crowns and do not encase the whole tooth. Our office uses porcelain veneers as these are more resistant to staining and easier to keep bright and white than other types of veneers. Veneers can give you a major boost in appearance by brightening and perfecting your smile. This type of restoration can be done to one tooth or multiple teeth. Chips, gaps, size or shape adjustment and discoloration are all examples of issues that can be hidden by beautiful, comfortable porcelain veneers. The thin, light quality of the veneer guarantees a comfortable wear.
Once your veneer(s) have been produced from custom molds made by your dentist, they are ready to be placed. Dr. Huang will need to prepare your tooth by removing a very small amount of enamel from the surface. This part of the procedure is quick and easy and allows for a perfect fit of your new veneer against your tooth as well as a smooth, unnoticeable transition between the veneered tooth and any natural surrounding teeth. Once placed, Dr. Huang will ensure that the fit, size, and shape are all precise.
Veneers are a simple, pain-free way to improve your smile without invasive treatment. Veneers can be cared for just as you do your natural teeth and, as noted, they are excellent at resisting stains so keeping that smile beautiful will be no work at all!
A dental bridge refers to an artificial tooth (or sometimes teeth) that are bound to natural teeth to fill a gap caused by tooth loss. Many of our patients have experienced tooth loss and a bridge can be a fantastic way to restore your smile. Gaps from missing teeth can affect your appearance, but gaps can cause more serious problems as well. When a tooth has been lost, neighboring teeth take on extra strain to make up for the decrease in supportive tension between the teeth and functionality. This can cause the skin around your mouth to physically sag and creates the potential for bone loss and other problems for the surrounding bones and soft tissue of the mouth. Tooth loss is much more than just a cosmetic concern.
The artificial tooth portion of a dental bridge (known as the "pontic") is secured in place with the support of surrounding teeth. Oftentimes your dentist will decide to cap the natural teeth before inserting the artificial tooth into place. The use of caps can add extra support and strength to the bridge as well as protect your natural teeth. These added steps can ensure lasting quality.
This type of restoration procedure usually takes at least two visits. Once Dr. Huang has completed his examination and the bridge is ready to be made, a temporary bridge can be used to fill the gap until your permanent bridge is finished. The second visit will include the placement and careful binding of the bridge as well as a thorough fitting to ensure perfection and comfort. If you're dealing with tooth loss, a bridge can be a truly great solution.
As many cosmetic oral procedures go, tooth bonding (or dental bonding) can aid in restoring the look of your teeth if you are having concerns with any of a long list of dental concerns. From chips, cracks, gaps, breaks, uneven teeth, misshapen teeth, and more; dental bonding may be the answer you’re looking for. While many of our cosmetic procedures do overlap in the problem areas they can fix, bonding is an especially simple and noninvasive choice for those who are bothered by one of the abovementioned concerns for any reason--cosmetic or otherwise. Completed in one visit, dental bonding will leave you both pain-free and worry-free!
Tooth bonding material is made from a resin composite that will be colored to match your natural teeth and blend in beautifully. With a small amount of (pain-free) preparation, Dr. Huang will begin the bonding process. The length of the procedure will, of course, depend on the amount of area that requires work, but this is a generally a relatively quick procedure regardless of your individual needs. The resin composite is initially a soft, malleable material that the dentist will apply to the problem area to be shaped and formed to your natural tooth as needed and with impeccable skill for an optimally beautiful outcome. Once the bonding material is formed to perfection, a special light is applied to speed up the hardening portion of the procedure. Soon after, you’ll be good to go with a beautifully revamped smile!
Inlays and Onlays
Both inlays and onlays are types of dental restorations that have similarities with both fillings and crowns. As a testament to the similarity, inlays and onlays are sometimes grouped under the term “indirect fillings” and sometimes also referred to as “partial crowns.” Another way to think of these types of restorations is to place them on a spectrum between fillings and crowns. Inlays or onlays may be used when the damage is more than what is usually fixed by a simple filing but not so bad as to require a full crown. The damage fixed by inlays and onlays is often due to decay but can also refer to breaks and other problems of the same nature. As with any dental procedure, your dentist will know what is best to cover your individual needs.
Inlays and onlays are both considered generally stronger and longer lasting than crowns and can be a fantastic solution for problems that occur within the centers of back teeth or on the cusps (or points) of the teeth. The difference between inlays and onlays is subtle and depends on the location of the damaged area requiring restoration. An inlay covers any area within the center of a back tooth that has developed a cavity from decay. Conversely, an onlay can restore the cusps of a tooth that has experienced decay or breakage. Onlays can also extend to cover past the outside cusps to the center portion of a tooth if called for due to more extensive damage. Inlays and onlays are both great, long lasting ways to restore and protect your teeth.