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COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Smiles matter, probably more than we realize. Volumes of research confirm the influential role of smiles on our relationships and our self-esteem. If you’re confident, you smile more. If you smile more, you feel more confident. But what if you don’t want to flash your smile because you’re embarrassed by bad teeth?  It becomes a psychological short-circuit, with effects that may ripple through your life.  Fortunately, a growing range of options opens doors for anyone to enjoy a stunning new smile.  And Dr. Knudson’s passion for enhancing smiles brings you the best in modern dentistry.

COSMETIC DENTAL TREATMENTS CAN:

  • Brighten stained or discolored teeth
  • Repair cracks or fractures
  • Fill gaps between teeth
  • Correct overcrowding
  • Reshape teeth
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Replace old metallic restorations, such as fillings and crowns

PORCELAIN VENEERS

At Beautiful Dentistry, watching patients discover a brilliant new smile highlights our days. Veneers can transform a smile dramatically, sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics.” A set of veneers can correct chips, stains, and even deeply discolored teeth. But they can also alter the length and size of teeth, or help teeth that seem rotated suddenly appear straight. While it sounds dramatic, only the stunning visual outcome is surprising. Veneers provide a highly conservative approach to esthetic smile makeovers.

Veneers display the ultimate in dental art and science, handcrafted and customized to fit your smile. Like a contact lens, these paper-thin pieces of porcelain bond to the outside of your natural teeth. But don’t be fooled by the thin characteristics of this material. Many unique features can be incorporated into the ceramics, replicating any look you want to create.

While veneers provide a conservative way to repair bad teeth, the steps behind the process require a high level of training to produce accurately. So what’s involved in bringing a smile like this to life? 

Delivering The Magic
Careful planning of your veneers is vital to a successful outcome. Models, photographs, and digital x-rays allow you and Dr. Knudson to create a perfect blueprint to direct your case from start to finish. Like all successful projects, this planning can’t be compromised. He will consider your input and incorporate your desires into your veneer case, from color to shape and a number of other factors.

Once Dr. Knudson plans your case, usually two appointments leave you with a stunning new smile. At the first visit, the teeth are gently prepared to allow space for the ultra-thin porcelain to be crafted over by a master lab technician. Dr. Knudson provides all the information to a specialized lab that’s needed to create a masterpiece. Dr. Knudson produces acrylic temporary restorations that mimic the veneers, worn for about three weeks. These temporaries provide a preview of the general appearance of your new smile and allow further input regarding the appearance of your upcoming smile.

After hours of custom craftwork in the lab, you’ll return for a second appointment. Dr. Knudson will try in each veneer and evaluate the appearance and fit, giving you an opportunity to preview the new look. She will then go through several precise steps to bond the thin veneers to the outer surface of your teeth, creating an incredibly strong bond between tooth and porcelain.  Minor adjustments to your bite and a final polish will leave you with a smile that may have you wondering why you waited so long to find Beautiful Dentistry!

COMPOSITE FILLINGS

Cavities and small fractures leave many teeth with defects that progress over time if untreated. In the past, metal restorations served a need but left many teeth discolored and strained from the wedging effect of the metal. Today, tooth-colored composites blending into tooth structure provide an excellent option for restoring defects. Composites can often be placed in thinner layers than metal, preserving more of the natural tooth.

Composites serve both functional and aesthetic roles, often at the same time. For example, a cavity invading the front of a tooth along the gum line may be visible in your smile. By gently cleaning out the soft, discolored area the decay ceases to destroy healthy mineral surfaces. And when a composite shade matching the tooth is sculpted into place, the tooth looks better than ever.

Composites contain a mix of liquid resin embedded with finely ground glass particles. After being molded against conditioned tooth structure, blue light applied directly to the composite leads to a firm set within seconds. Shaped and polished, a high shine reflecting the beauty of natural enamel results in an invisible restoration:  strong, smooth, conservative.

BONDING

Your smile projects a powerful message everywhere you go. If you’re not thrilled with the message, we can help you change it.  Dental bonding might be just what you need to lift your smile to another level. Better yet, the transformation can often be made in a single appointment.

Our ability to bond directly to the surface of your teeth opens endless possibilities for change. Modern resins, known as composites, are putty-like materials that work like magic in many situations. Composites placed artistically on the teeth adhere with a powerful link. They set quickly when bright light from a small wand penetrates the soft sculpted surface. This material closes unsightly gaps between teeth and fills in chips or ragged edges in your smile. Sometimes we apply it to the entire face of the tooth producing a dramatic change. This process completed across several teeth at one time creates an instant smile makeover, in the right cases.

Composites sculpted and polished to a lustrous shine blend into your smile, leaving an undetectable solution to many challenging problems. Modern composites resist stain and chipping well, although they may need replacement after a few years. Fortunately, bonded composite offers a cost-effective and quick solution that’s easy to maintain over time.

In some cases, porcelain veneers hand-crafted in a dental lab serve you better than composite. And if a tooth displays extensive deterioration, a porcelain crown restores strength and beauty to your smile. Porcelain also benefits from the strong bond that links it to the mineralized tooth surface, providing years of service. Regardless of your concerns, Dr. Knudson looks forward to discussing the possibilities of dental bonding with you.

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