Cosmetic Dentistry in Peoria, AZ
Sometimes the cost of porcelain
restorations can be a limiting factor to many patients that want to
improve their smile. In many cases bonding is a viable solution to
change the shape, size or even the color of a tooth. Advances in
dental bonding allow Dr. Gatti or Dr. Purcell to fuse a tooth colored
composite resin material to your existing enamel. Most of the time
this can be done without the use of any anesthetics, since there is
very little prep done to the natural tooth and the entire procedure
can be completed in a single visit.
The most common Cosmetic Dental
procedure that patients ask for in our practice is tooth whitening.
This is a safe way to get a bright, white, vibrant smile. Depending
on your time and budget we offer 3 methods of whitening for you to
choose from. Results and treatment time vary. There are a few
factors that may affect the length of your whiteness results. Things
like genetics, diet, age, some medications, and certain habits (like
smoking) can shorten the length of the whitening. Crowns, bridges,
and tooth colored or composite fillings/bonding will not whiten.
Keep in mind that No whitening system gives permanent results and you
may require regular maintenance treatments or “touch ups” to keep
your smile bright.
Chair side whitening or ZOOM whitening
is typically the fastest way of whitening your teeth if you are in a
crunch for time. A patient may require from 1-3 sessions to get as
white as they wish. There are techniques to getting the most of your
whitening session that separates good results from great results, so
using the same system from one office to the next may not yield the
same results. Many patients combine chair side whitening (ZOOM) with
a take home system for maintenance.
Taken home custom whitening trays- this
is the option most patients choose, who have a little extra time to
get the results they want. It usually requires 2-3 weeks of whitening
with trays to reach the results obtained with one session of chair
side whitening or ZOOM method. The process involves dental
impressions to make molds of your teeth. A reservoir is created on
the models of your teeth to hold the right amount of whitening gel
against your teeth and trays are created from the molds. You simply
place a small amount of whitening gel into the molds and wear for an
hour a day. Many patients have tried using clear orthodontics
retainers with poor results. This is because there is no reservoir to
hold the gel. Many patients choose to start their whitening process
with a single session of chair side whitening to get an immediate
boost, and then continue to whiten at home with this method. You can
also purchase refill gel syringes and use the same trays for years.
We offer Opalescence to go as another
option for taken home whitening. This is the least expensive way to
whiten your teeth. This is a disposable and a 1 time use tray. You
will receive ten upper and ten lower trays to place in your mouth
once a day for 10 days- discarding each tray as you use them.
Even if you brush and
floss your teeth faith fully, it is still important to have your
teeth cleaned on a regular basis. Professional cleanings aren't
just for looks alone. Although they do make your teeth feel clean
,smooth and look a lot brighter, they are also done to help prevent
decay,gum disease, and to check the health of the oral tissue.
Overtime your teeth tend
to build up a layer of plaque( a sticky, bacteria-rich film) and hard
deposits(called tartar or calculus) that are very difficult to remove
with out the use of a special instrument. When these deposits are
allowed to remain on the tooth surface or sometimes below the
gumline, they provide an ideal condition for the bacteria to grow.
The acids produced by some bacterias causes the tooth to decay
(cavity)and/or gum disease, ( bone loss) also know as periodontal
disease. If left untreated this inflamation and infection of the
gums can lead to health issues or even in rare cases, death.
A Requirement for
Good Oral Health
Most people don't
feel any noticeable discomfort during dental cleanings; some even
report they enjoy the experience — especially the dramatic results
when it's done! If you haven't had a cleaning in a while, however, it
may take you a few moments to get used to getting your teeth cleaned.
If you experience any discomfort, however, it may be possible to
apply a topical numbing gel or another type of anesthetic.
If your gums are
irritated due to bacterial buildup, they may become sore or bleed
slightly during the cleaning. It may be possible to prevent this from
occuring in the future with oral hygiene measures you can perform at
home (such as improved flossing techniques or special mouthrinses);
it might also indicate that you need more frequent in-office
cleanings. This type of regular maintenance will help you avoid more
involved dental procedures down the road — and it will give you the
best chance of keeping your teeth for life!
Crown and Veneers
If you don't love the
appearance of your smile, it's time to make a change. A Smile is
one of the most recognizable attributes a person has and it is
something we look at each and every day. For that reason, you should
love your smile and be proud to show it off. Illness, injury, and a
variety of other things can lead to dental issues that may impact the
way you feel about your smile. Crowns or Veneers are one way you can
improve your dental health or smile.
Cerec Single Visit Crown:
What if you could get a
crown in one visit and not have to worry about the horrible tasting
impression and the temporary crown would you do it? Of course you
would! We offer the CEREC process to our patients. CEREC is a
computer CAD/CAM system that will create your new dental crown in
around 2 hours. No messy impressions, no temporaries, and no
additional appointments. CEREC uses 3D cameras and sophisticated
software to virtually create a new crown from very high strength and
completely metal- free ceramics to replace broken or worn enamel. .
The ceramic used by our office has the closest physical properties to
natural tooth structure of any other modern dental material, making
it very biocompatible and you'll be less likely to experience
failures which may lead to future crown replacement. The new ceramic
crown is then fused permanently to your tooth using high tech bonding
You will walk in with a
broken tooth and walk out ready to eat your next meal almost
immediately. Saving you the bad experience and saving the tooth!
Dental veneers are the
most conservative way to completely reshape and revitalize a smile.
Depending on the case, some veneers require very little to prepare
the tooth. Typically a very thin layer of the enamel is shaved away
from the front of the teeth and replaced with a lustrous porcelain
veneer that is bonded to each tooth. We will consider all of the
features of a Smile Design to create a smile that is bright,
beautiful and natural looking. We want people to comment on how
beautiful your smile is, not how white your veneers are.