Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic-dentistry

Improving Your Confidence

We absolutely love doing smile makeovers for our patients and changing people’s lives! We have seen quite a few patients over the years become more self-confident, more radiant and more willing to show off their smile in social situations having fixed chipped teeth or having closed spaces with veneers. Also, bleaching has given many patients the opportunity to have a whiter, brighter smile. In addition, you won’t believe the results many of our patients are getting with Invisalign invisible braces. That’s right, straight teeth without the wires!

Many of these “instant” improvements are no longer reserved for high profile personalities. They can be comfortable, affordable, and last for many years. If you have any questions about how you can have a healthy and attractive smile, please ask us.

Dr. Acosta and her team provide smile makeovers to achieve the beautiful, natural look you seek. We can reshape your natural teeth to make them straighter or more youthful in appeal.  Exciting new materials and techniques by our highly skilled dentists can dramatically bring your smile to life. Just ask us for an evaluation during your next visit!

Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth colored fillings are a popular alternative to century old silver amalgam fillings. They are known to be a safer and more effective option to treat cavities or replace old fillings. Studies show that silver amalgam contains about fifty percent mercury, a chemical that has a tendency to be more toxic than cadmium, lead, or arsenic. It is thought that mercury may cause psychological and physical problems in some patients.

Tooth colored fillings are made of composite resin which is bonded together with the tooth’s surface via strong dental adhesive. A curing light is then used to harden the filling, which is afterwards polished to make it look like enamel. There are several occasions when a tooth colored filling can be used. For instance:

  •       When a cavity needs to be filled
  •       To enhance cosmetic appearance
  •       To correct tooth fractures and chips

Dr. Acosta uses state of the art composite tooth colored fillings treatment which takes care of the esthetics of the teeth as fillings match the original color of the patient’s tooth. She will also make sure that the health of the tooth is restored entirely.

Porcelain Crowns and Bridges

In modern dentistry, the most aesthetic option for dental crowns (or caps) are porcelain crowns. Nothing replicates natural enamel and dentin better than porcelain. In the past, the porcelain systems were weaker, thus the base of the crown had to be made of metal and THEN porcelain was fused to that metal.

Ever wonder why you see a dark line at the gumline of some people’s teeth?

It’s because of the metal that exists underneath the porcelain. In our office, we offer porcelain crowns mainly because there is no way to replicate nature when there is metal underneath the porcelain. It completely changes the way the light reflects and refracts from the porcelain.  Ask us about these beautiful works of art.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.

The implants are tiny titanium posts, which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration, which occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Porcelain Veneers

A porcelain veneer is an extremely thin shell of porcelain that bonds to the front of a tooth (enamel). Dr. Acosta uses veneers to change the shape, color. size and symmetry of the teeth and smile. In cosmetic dentistry, porcelain is the material of choice because it replicates human enamel the most naturally.

We use 3 types of porcelain systems: Empress, Emax, and Feldspathic Porcelain. These systems are recognized as the superior porcelain systems available in cosmetic dentistry today, and these are the systems our skilled labs use in our cases.

In the right hands, each system is capable of achieving equally beautiful results, and Dr. Acosta will help decide which is best suited for you.

Teeth Whitening and Bleaching

Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedure.

It’s safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to begin bleaching. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower, depending on how much of each shows when you talk and smile.

In only a day or two your custom bleach splints will be ready for you. We provide you with a special bleaching agent that you put into the clear, nearly invisible splints. With only 30 minutes of wear per day, our special bleaching agent bubbles stains right out of your enamel in a very short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the brightness you want, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile.

Dental bleaching can be used to correct some tooth discolorations. Teeth discoloration may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth.  In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns, or veneers may be the only choice.  However, because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is often worth a try.

Inlays and Onlays

When over half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay (which is similar to a filling) is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay, but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.

Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color that can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.

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