Cosmetic Dentistry

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Dr. David Curtin and Dr. Sarah Janowski offer several treatment solutions to correct your smile. The most common procedures we perform are the placement of veneers, teeth whitening, and composite bonding of teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Your teeth will darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by factors such as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use, or improper oral hygiene. Restoring a naturally  white smile is a priority for our dental team and something we genuinely enjoy. We can provide a variety of options for whitening your smile.

Tooth whitening services are growing in popularity, and it’s one of the most requested services offered by our practice. The reality is that over-the-counter, “too-good-to-be-true” solutions, and "lifehacks" typically don’t work.

We are trained professionals using industry-approved methods. Our goal is to meet the needs of every patient, and every patient’s needs are different. One of the methods we use to whiten teeth is Kor Whitening. This method involves applying a gentle, carbamide peroxide gel either in our office or at home using special, custom-made trays. In one visit, we can apply this solution, wait for the allotted time and reveal your brighter, whiter smile!

Not all whiteners are the same, nor do they offer the same end results. Kor Whitening is particularly effective because (1) it is one of the only whitening products available to professionals that is refrigerated from the time of production to delivery and (2) it is devoid of preservatives. Unfortunately, it is these additives that can cause the sensitivity common to many whitening products, both professional and over-the-counter. 

Tooth-Colored Fillings

The concept of a “filling” is replacing your damaged tooth structure with a new material. After much research, some new tooth-colored materials have been developed that are stronger, longer-lasting and more aesthetically pleasing. Composed of porcelain and composite resin, these new tooth-colored fillings bond directly to the tooth, strengthening it by restoring its original shape. The fillings can even be custom-colored to match your teeth to help give you the most natural-looking smile possible.

These new fillings require less removal of your healthy tooth structure than amalgam fillings. Dramatically smaller holes are needed with a tooth-colored filling, preserving valuable tooth structure.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, semi-translucent shells  attached to your front teeth. They are customized from porcelain material that is bonded to your teeth. Porcelain veneers are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile.

Common problems that porcelain veneers are used for:

  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth

Porcelain veneers are a great aesthetic solution to your smile that may even help you avoid orthodontic treatment. Subtle changes to your smile can be achieved with veneers, and in most cases, veneer application is completed in only two office visits.

Composite Bonding

Bonding is a common solution for:

  • Fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
  • Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface

Often, composite bonding is used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite material, usually a resin, is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.

Composite bonding has many advantages:

  • It is a quick process, which typically lasts less than one hour.
  • It does not reduce the tooth’s original structure and is relatively inexpensive.
  • Composite resins come in many different shades and provide better matching of shades to the natural color of your teeth.
  • Composite bonds, however, are not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future.

Composite bonds stain more easily and therefore require proper care and regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composites should be brushed and flossed daily. Common staining elements include coffee, tea, tobacco, foods and candy.

Invisalign® Clear Aligners

Invisalign straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth.

How does Invisalign work?

The Invisalign System combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with a time-proven science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your doctor. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan.

The first step in this treatment is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually, week-by-week, until the final alignment prescribed is attained. After treatment, you'll be smiling like you never have before!

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, but most treatment prescribed at our office lasts between 6 and 18 months.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Today, the Invisalign System is convenient and affordable for all patients. The cost of your treatment will be based on many factors, including the severity of your orthodontic problems and your approximated treatment time. We will give you a breakdown of all applicable fees and inform you of all costs before treatment is administered. Most Invisalign cases at our offices run from $3200-5400 from start to finish.

What happens after my treatment is complete?

All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.

If you want to learn more about Invisalign and how it works, please visit the Invisalign Homepage.

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