Veneers are effective aesthetic "cover-ups" for damaged or stained teeth. Although some veneers are designed to be removable, most are permanent and are bonded very tightly to the tooth they are protecting. The advancements in technology have improved bonding agents to the point where it is quite common for veneers to stay active for twenty years or more.
Lumineers® are an advanced form of porcelain veneers that significantly reduce or eliminate the need for grinding down the original tooth structure in preparation of placement. Made of an ultra-thin, translucent material, Lumineers are simply placed over your own teeth or to existing crowns and bridges with no need for additional treatment, making nearly any patient seeking to improve the appearance of their smile an ideal candidate for this procedure.
Placement of Lumineers requires only two office visits and does not involve any drilling, pain or shots, making them safe and comfortable even for patients with sensitive teeth.
With Lumineers, patients can achieve a bright, beautiful and healthy smile that lasts for over 20 years with no special maintenance required. You will still be able to eat all of your favorite foods with an added confidence. Clinical research has proven Lumineers to provide long-term smile improvement with zero discoloration or degeneration.
A dental crown is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape while strengthening it and improving its appearance. Crowns are necessary when the tooth is broken down to the point where a filling won't be effective.
Many different materials are used to make dental crowns, each with its own benefits. Dr. Mann or Dr. Durand can help you decide which material is best for you. Metal crowns provide little damage to opposing teeth but tend to be noticeable because of their shiny, metallic color. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns match the color of your own teeth but are prone to chipping or breaking. All-resin crowns are typically less expensive than other types, but are also prone to damage and wearing down. Also, dental crowns may be temporary or permanent.
Dental bridges are natural-looking tooth replacements that help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. Bridges are either fixed or removable. Fixed bridges are cemented to the existing teeth and do not come out. Removable bridges can be taken out.
With good oral hygiene, you can expect your dental bridge to last from 10 to 30 years, sometimes longer. You must remember to practice proper oral hygiene to prevent the build-up of bacteria on your teeth and gums.
Dentures can effectively replace missing or severely damaged teeth throughout the mouth, restoring a patient's ability to smile, speak and eat without difficulty or worry. Unlike older dentures that were often uncomfortable or slipped while moving the mouth, custom dentures are specifically crafted with each patient's individual needs in mind.
Dentures are created over the course of several appointments that include taking impressions of the mouth, production of the prosthesis and placement in the mouth using dental implants, cement or other techniques. Most patients can receive their dentures after a series of three to five appointments, each spaced a few weeks apart.
Custom dentures ensure that your replacement device is designed to precisely fit your individual mouth, for enhanced comfort, appearance and functionality. Even patients who currently wear dentures may benefit from custom dentures for an overall improved experience.
Improving the appearance of your smile may be even easier than you realize. Many patients achieve the look they've always wanted with our simple dental whitening procedure.
This quick treatment is both safe and inexpensive. Just call us or let us know at an appointment if you would like to whiten your teeth. The treatment can be applied to only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower teeth, depending on what is visible when you are speaking and smiling.
Dental whitening is successful in correcting many tooth discolorations. Teeth may have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco use, aging or injury. Employing the most advanced whitening technology, we can offer a safe way to obtain a bright, beautiful smile. When tooth discoloration is extreme, restorative procedures such as crowns or veneers may be the only way to achieve whiter teeth. However, since whitening treatments are low in price, whitening is usually worth trying first.