Teeth WhiteningDo you like the overall shape and size of your teeth but wish they looked whiter or brighter? For many people, teeth do not need permanent dental restorations to look better. They may only need to be whitened and brightened to have a fresh new look. A simple solution is teeth bleaching. Over-the-counter bleaching products are available but have very limited ability to whiten teeth. For the most efficacious and safest way to bleach your teeth, you should consider professional teeth whitening services. There are two ways to professionally bleach and lighten your teeth. One method is with an in-office bleaching system. During this procedure your teeth are isolated and a strong bleaching agent is applied to the outer surfaces of your teeth. Your teeth are then placed under a powerful light source that activates the bleaching agent. You will have a brighter smile in about one hour. A second technique for teeth whitening is performed by creating a thin, soft, custom tray that fits over your teeth. This is called a "bleaching tray." A bleaching gel is placed inside the tray, and the tray is worn for a few hours each day or night in the comfort of your home. The maximum benefit from this technique will be seen in two to four weeks.
Gummy Smile CorrectionDo you show a lot of gum tissue when you smile or feel that your smile is "gummy"? Do you put your hand over your mouth when laughing or try not to smile too big to avoid showing your gummy smile? Do you wish there was something you could do to fix your gummy smile? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you have come to the right place for gummy smile correction. A "gummy smile" is a condition in which a person shows a larger than average amount of gum tissue when smiling and has a disproportionate gum-to-tooth ratio (teeth to gum ratio). Although a gummy smile is considered a normal variation of human anatomy, many people with gummy smiles suffer from embarrassment, self consciousness, and even a general lack of self esteem. They often dislike their smile and wish there was something they could do to change it. The good news is there is something you can do to fix your gummy smile. At the Kurpis Center for Advanced Dentistry, we can correct your gummy smile with simple periodontal plastic surgery procedures. You will be amazed by the beautiful and natural looking results achieved using these virtually painless surgical treatments.
Porcelain VeneersPorcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to your natural tooth structure to give you a beautiful, custom designed, smile. Porcelain veneers are as thin as a contact lens, and they fit directly over the outer surface of the teeth. They can be made in any color, shape, and size. Porcelain veneers are used to straighten, lengthen and whiten teeth and to close spaces between teeth. In order to avoid creating teeth that look too bulky, a small amount of tooth structure must be removed to allow space for the porcelain. Doing so makes the final result look and feel more natural. Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dental procedure because they can dramatically change a smile in as little as two visits and the procedure is virtually painless.
When teeth are badly broken down, have large fillings, or do not have enough natural tooth structure to support porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns are the procedure of choice. During this procedure the entire outer surfaces of the teeth receiving the crowns are removed and full coverage crowns are fabricated. Although crowns can be made out of all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all porcelain, the all porcelain crowns are the most esthetic. When crowns are made of out all metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal, they do not transmit light like natural teeth do and they tend to look dull and flat. All porcelain crowns, however, transmit light similarly to natural tooth enamel, thereby making them appear more life-like in the mouth. Another problem associated with porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns is the black line phenomenon. When a crown is made with a metal substructure, the metal tends to show at the gum line, creating a "black line." Even if the black line does not show at first, if the gums recede over time the black line will eventually show. All porcelain crowns do not have any metal, so there is no black line phenomenon. Porcelain crowns can also be placed over dental implants to replace missing teeth. This is a great alternative to a bridge or a removable partial denture. All porcelain crowns look like natural, beautiful teeth.
Porcelain BridgesWhen a tooth or teeth are missing from the mouth, there are three options to restore the resulting space: a dental implant and crown, a removable partial denture, or a fixed bridge. A fixed bridge is often chosen if there are teeth remaining on either side of the space and the person is not a candidate for dental implants. In order to have a fixed bridge made, the teeth on either side of the space need to be prepared for crowns. Crowns are placed on the teeth and a fake dummy tooth is fused to the crowns to cover the space. Fixed bridges are permanent restorations that cannot be removed. Fixed bridges, like crowns, can be made of porcelain-fused-to-metal or all porcelain. Once again, all porcelain bridges look the most esthetic and natural.