INLAYS & ONLAYS AT ISMILE DENTAL
At iSmile Dental, we understand that having a fully functional, attractive smile is important to a person’s self confidence and quality of life. While teeth can become chipped, broken, infected or badly damaged resulting from aging, accidents or disease, restorative dentistry allows a person to reclaim the healthy, beautiful smile they deserve. To learn more about how restorative dental treatment can help you repair your smile, contact us today.
We are proud to offer porcelain inlays and onlays as a natural looking alternative to metal fillings. Like fillings, inlays and onlays can be used to restore decayed teeth. Inlays and onlays are indirect restorative treatments that require at least two visits to the dentist, since they are made in a dental laboratory.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Inlays and Onlays differ from fillings in that instead of being injected into a drilled cavity and allowed to harden, they are crafted to match the dimensions of a cavity and then inserted. The material used in inlays and onlays is also more durable than the one used in fillings. Inlays fit within the cusps and crevices of the chewing surface of the tooth, while onlays cover and add shape to the entire chewing surface of the tooth.
PORCELAIN CROWNS AT ISMILE DENTAL
WHAT IS A CROWN?
When a tooth is fractured, has a large, old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, we may recommend the placement of a crown, or cap. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and different variations of these. Crowns surround the entire tooth, unlike a veneer that just covers the visible surface of the tooth.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CROWN?
Before crowns, the only real option for a broken down tooth was extraction. Crowns have given dentists, and in turn patients, the ability to fix certain dental situations.
Cavities, or dental decay, occurs when acid-forming bacteria in the mouth are supplied with sugars. With these sugars as their food, the bacteria produce acid that eats away at the tooth, creating cavities. Usually, cavities can be drilled out and filled with tooth-colored composite (or silver amalgam) fillings. However once too much tooth structure is lost, fillings will no longer suffice and the tooth will need to either be extracted or crowned.
In addition to cavities, age, wear, and fracture are other reasons a tooth may require a crown. With age, teeth tend to turn yellow, wear down, chip, and become less attractive. In addition, teeth can fracture from over-use or by accident. In these situations as well, crowns are a great way to restore function, esthetics, and beauty to a smile.
ZOOM! TEETH WHITENING AT ISMILE DENTAL
LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT WHITENING
With so many different whitening products on the market, it’s easy to get confused. So here are the facts you need to know before you commit.
IS TEETH WHITENING SAFE?
Yes. Clinical studies have shown that whitening your teeth with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
The most common side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity. Prior to whitening, our doctors will ensure that you are a good candidate for whitening and go over all the details with you.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OTC WHITENING SOLUTIONS AND PHILIPS ZOOM?
Over-the-counter whitening products are not customized to your needs. Our doctors tailor your teeth whitening process specifically for every patient.
HOW LONG WILL MY ZOOM WHITENING RESULTS LAST?
Whitening treatments help to reduce existing stains, but through consumption of coffee, soft drinks or just through natural aging, your teeth may eventually become discolored again. Maintenance whitening can help combat recurring discoloration.
WHAT CAUSES TEETH TO DISCOLOR?
There are many causes to tooth discoloration. Some of the most common include the consumption highly colored foods and drinks (berries, coffee, tea, red wine). Some medications, aging, smoking and trauma can also cause teeth discoloration.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
After visiting our office, your teeth can be up to eight shades whiter in 45 minutes.
PORCELAIN VENEERS AT ISMILE DENTAL
Everyone wants a beautiful white smile, but unfortunately, life can get in the way of that. Beverages such as coffee, tea and wine stain teeth. A smoking habit will discolor teeth as well. Some people grind their teeth in their sleep or when they’re stressed, leading to further damage.
Even if you abstain from all of the above, sugary foods or letting your oral hygiene take a back-seat is enough to seriously change the appearance of your teeth. Thankfully, with modern dentistry and porcelain veneers, damaged teeth can look beautiful with a few short visits.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth.
THE TYPICAL DENTAL VENEER VISIT
Patients typically choose dental veneers for aesthetic reasons. Your first visit would include a discussion with the doctor regarding your aesthetic goals and the kind of smile you would like to achieve. If the patient decides to move forward, pictures and a mold of your teeth are taken which are then sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory fabricates the veneers based on the requirements that were discussed by the doctor and the patient. Afterward, the patient returns to have the veneers permanently inserted.
Maintaining porcelain veneers is actually quite simple: Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, we may recommend fiting you with a nighttime bite guard so you do not damage your veneers.
INVISALIGN AT ISMILE DENTAL
- Comfortable, convenient, and no brackets for food to get stuck, lips and cheeks to be poked.
- It simply looks better: Most people never notice you wearing them.
- Removable for any special events, dates or when you eat.
- Fast: Most cases are completed in a less than one year.
- Less visits to the dentist. You’ll be in and out in no-time.
IS INVISALIGN FOR ME?
Invisalign can be used to treat the vast majority of common problems for adults and teens. Whether your smile needs minor improvements or more extensive adjustments, Invisalign can certainly help. It’s successful in treating overly crowded or widely spaced teeth. It can also relieve more complex issues, including overbites, underbites and even crossbites. In fact, Dr. Portman can use Invisalign clear aligners in all or part of just about any treatment plan. If you would like to know more about straightening your smile with Invisalign then please give us a call to book a consultation. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help get you on your way to a beautiful smile.
HOW INVISALIGN WORKS
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you’ve always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
WHY PATIENTS LOVE INVISALIGN
Sure, there are other options out there for straightening your teeth, but none offers the level of comfort, convenience and confidence that you’ll find with Invisalign. No matter what stage you’re at in life, you’ll appreciate how our cutting-edge approach to treatment has minimal interference in how you live, but has a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.
INVISALIGN FOR ADULTS & TEENS
Choosing to straighten your teeth is a big decision that affects not only your appearance, but your lifestyle as well. As an adult, you may be looking to improve on your smile for business or social reasons. Or perhaps you’re a teen or the parent of a teen hoping to make the best of an inevitable situation. Either way, Invisalign can provide a simple way to accomplish this. Contact our office to learn more about the entire Invisalign process to make sure it’s the right process for you.
LESS TREATMENT TIME
A typical Invisalign case takes about a year from start to finish. You’ll see Dr. Rimma Portman every month or so to see how you’re progressing. Every few visits, you’ll be given additional aligners to continue your treatment. Commonly, the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but treatment time and the number of aligners will vary from case to case.
INVISIBLE AND COMFORTABLE.
Invisalign is a virtually invisible solution. So you won’t draw undue attention to your mouth while in treatment. In fact, virtually no one will know you’re wearing them unless you tell them.