Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth, mouth and smile. In the past decade there has been a dramatic increase in cosmetic dentistry and thanks to advances in the field, Dr. Li is able to improve your teeth and smile with quick, painless and affordable treatments.
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Composite fillings are the tooth-colored alternative to traditional metal amalgam fillings, as they are safer, more natural looking and they can help reinforce a tooth. Composite fillings also require less of the natural tooth structure to be removed when repairing a tooth affected by decay, cracks or fractures.
Composite fillings mimic the color, texture and appearance of natural tooth material and therefore can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. Composites are also bonded to the tooth, and unlike amalgam fillings that expand and contract with temperature changes that cause cracks, composite fillings add extra structural support.
Uses for composite fillings:
About the procedure
Much like the placement of metal fillings, composite restorations can be completed in a single office visit.
The material is cured using a targeted beam of bright light from a special handheld device. Once cured, your dentist will shape and polish the filling to restore the function of your natural tooth.
Your dentist will go over special instructions and proper care with you after your treatment. Practicing good oral hygiene, eating right and attending regular dental visits will prolong the life of your new fillings.
Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
A porcelain crown, also known as a cap, is a restoration that encases the tooth to strengthen a decayed tooth, repair a broken tooth or improve the cosmetic appearance of the tooth. They are a safe, natural looking and long-term solution for people who suffer from extensive damage to their teeth.
Uses for crowns:
About the procedure
The crown procedure will be completed over the course of two office visits.
During the first visit, the tooth will be prepared and a highly accurate impression will be taken to create your custom crown. An impression may also be used to create a temporary crown, which will serve as your replacement tooth for one to two weeks or until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
After your tooth has been numbed, any decayed material will be removed and the tooth will be cleaned. The tooth will be shaped properly to ensure a solid fit with your new crown. Once properly shaped and cleaned, your temporary crown will be placed and your bite will be checked.
During your second visit, your temporary crown will be removed and your newly created crown will be carefully fitted to your existing tooth. Once any necessary adjustments have been made and a proper fit is achieved, your new crown will be permanently cemented to your tooth using specially formulated dental cement.
Porcelain veneers are safe, effective solutions used to resolve a number of cosmetic issues including:
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain custom made by a professional dental laboratory. They are securely affixed to the front of your teeth, leaving the underlying structure of your teeth intact. The end result is a tooth that is restored to its natural shape, size and function, but indistinguishable from other teeth.
How veneers are placed?
The procedure for porcelain veneers generally takes place over two office visits.
During the first visit, Dr. Li will prepare your teeth and take a precision mold to allow your new veneers to fit precisely.
The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the porcelain veneers are custom fitted and designed to your shape, size and color specifications.
Upon arrival to your second visit, the veneers will be cleaned and bonded to the front of your teeth just above and at the gum line. Once securely affixed, any necessary adjustments will be made and the cement will be cured to your teeth using a special light.
AAfter the process is complete, you may resume normal activities and enjoy your new, beautifully restored smile.
Whitening of the teeth is performed for patients who desire a brighter smile. Available in a variety of forms, professional teeth whitening procedures offer patients many options to address their unique needs and preferences.
The most popular treatment is in-office whitening followed by take-home bleaching trays. Tooth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums. Replacement of old restorations will be done after bleaching so they match the newly bleached teeth. Tooth whitening is not a permanent solution, and the more you smoke and drink coffee, tea or wine, the more touchups you may need.
In office whitening
The in-office whitening procedure is painless and the results are immediate. It begins with the application of a special gel to protect your gums, and then a concentrated peroxide gel is placed over your teeth. After 15 minutes, the gel is rinsed off. This procedure is repeated three times. The entire process takes around one and a half hours. To keep your teeth as white as possible, custom fabricated trays are made using a mold of your teeth and you are given a special whitening gel to apply at home.
Take Home Whitening
This method of whitening is completed in two office visits. First, impressions of your teeth will be made to create custom trays.
During the second appointment you will try on the trays to ensure they fit properly over your teeth. You are to take the trays home and use a special whitening gel either twice a day for 30 minutes of overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the results you are trying to achieve.
Tooth sensitivity is normal for both types of whitening options and effects will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
Porcelain Inlays & Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays are used when patients have larger areas of decay that are too big to be properly contained by a regular filling. These treatment options are used to restore teeth that are badly decayed, fractured or cracked.
An inlay provides coverage over the grooves and between the cusps of your teeth, while an onlay covers the grooves and cusps.
Inlays and onlays are stronger than regular fillings since they are fabricated in the laboratory. They are a good option when the cavity is too large for a filling but not large enough to need a crown.
Teeth that are affected by minor imperfections such as cracks, stains, spaces and slight misalignments can be quickly improved through dental bonding. The procedure involves placing composite material on the tooth, then shaping it to the desired result. After it has been cured to your tooth, it is polished to create a natural looking appearance in just one visit. Bonding is a lower cost option than porcelain veneers but there are more limitations as well.
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