Many of us think of cosmetic dentistry as a luxury reserved for
big screen stars and runway models. The fact is, we've come a
long way since celebrities put on their smiles with cumbersome
plastic slip-on teeth known as "Hollywood Splints."
Today's modern cosmetic dental techniques are fast, simple, affordable
and, best of all, pain-free. There's no reason to put that radiant
smile on hold.
The techniques used to disguise flaws like defects,
severe stains, chips and fractures can be done in the dental office
as part of a single regular appointment. The method is called
bonding or veneering. We can build up a tooth that's too small
and fill in spaces between teeth that are too far apart. We can
even make fillings that are hard to detect because they are tooth-colored.
You can choose to fix just one tooth or spruce up your whole smile
- it's up to you.
We use three types of material: porcelain, acrylic
(plastic), and composite. All of them are bonded to the tooth
with a cement-like adhesive. Depending on how well you take care
of your mouth, your new smile can last from five to ten years.
That's a little less durable than traditional crowns and fillings,
but the extra smile power is worth the trade-off. And there's
one other really nice advantage - if a piece breaks off, the tooth
can very easily be touched up.
Bonding materials are the closest thing we have
to Mother Nature. They can be toned and sculpted to a shade and
shape that closely matches your real teeth. The look and feel
is so natural the only difference you'll be able to detect is
that extra sparkle in your smile.
Porcelain veneers are ultra-modern porcelain
shells that are bonded directly to your own teeth, to enhance
your smile. They can be thinner than a contact lens, yet so strong.
Cosmetic porcelain veneers can transform a crooked (crowded) and
uneven smile into a glamorous one - that's completely natural
looking! Veneers can also:
- Lengthen teeth that are too short
- Shorten teeth that are too long
- Re-proportion your smile
- Strengthen large restorations in front teeth
- Close spaces between some teeth
- Correct color of badly stained teeth
- Restore chipped and cracked teeth
and much more
Sometimes, the ideal treatment is not as simple
as bonding, Porcelain veneers may be a better choice. They are
one solid piece instead of applied in layers - no chipping for
large surfaces. They are stronger and longer lasting - less likely
to discolor and completely natural looking.
Unnatural looking materials really are a thing
of the past. Porcelain veneers allow light to shine through -
just like natural tooth enamel. Discuss your cosmetic dentistry
options with our Mahwah dentists.
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Replace Missing Teeth
Teeth that are lost to gum disease,
cavities, or trauma from an accident can be permanently
replaced by dental implants. Interestingly, implants are
considered by many dentists to be a more conservative intervention
than traditional bridges or fixed partial dentures. It has
two parts, a titanium root and a custom made crown which
is attached to it - there is no need to harm adjacent teeth.
Bone loss will always follow the loss of a tooth. And if
bone is lost even from only one tooth, the surrounding teeth
will shift. This can affect your appearance, speech, ability
to enjoy food, and your self-esteem. Like any other cosmetic
restoration, we'll take into account your health, where
the implant is needed, the best implant design, and it suitability
for your lifestyle.
How Can Implants Help?
- Implants really do look and feel
just like real teeth.
- Implants help to keep gums looking
healthy and young.
- Placing dental implants soon after
tooth loss can save bone, teeth, and the look of your
- For people with good overall health
and healthy gums and bone, implants can be an attractive
alternative to a denture or bridge.
Call us for a complimentary consultation
with our Periodontist (gum specialist) right here in our
office. For your convenience and comfort, we do your entire
treatment from start to finish. You work directly with our
team so that everyone knows exactly what stage you are in
with your treatment. Our periodontist places the implant
root while our general Mahwah dentist places the crown. With implants,
your friends won't know how you're looking so good - but
you'll feel so great, you might just want to tell them!
COMPOSITE (INVISIBLE) FILLINGS:
Only a few short years ago, silver amalgam
fillings were the order of the day. Most of us still sport one
or two of these durable but unsightly restorations. White composite
fillings offer many benefits other than the absence of mercury:
they are natural looking, and never discolor neighboring teeth.
Recent years has improved the quality of the fillings so that
they are durable, safe, valid and trustworthy option.
CROWNS & BRIDGES:
A crown restoration covers or caps
a single tooth to protect it from fracture and restore it
to its normal shape and size while strengthening and improving
the appearance of the tooth. Teeth that have had root canal
therapy (RCT) or that have big cavities are weak and if
they were to be filled there would not be enough tooth structure
to protect it.
Therefore, after removing the infection (cavity) from the
tooth and filling it, the tooth needs to be protected by
a crown (commonly known as a cap).
At Advance Dental Care, we pride ourselves in using the
best laboratories available in the nation. We also are able
to match the porcelain crown's shade and form to your adjacent
teeth to keep your smile natural. We also offer whitening
treatments, so you could brighten all your teeth prior to
getting your crown.
A bridge is used to replace one or
more missing teeth. The bridge spans the gap left by the
missing tooth and is usually anchored to the two existing
teeth on either side of the gap. Immediate replacement of
missing teeth can be achieved by a bridge for patients,
who have time concerns or who are not candidates for implant
Some of us will, unfortunately, lose a tooth to injury,
decay, or gum disease. When that happens, the chewing forces
in your mouth can be significantly altered, causing unwanted
spaces and shifting. This makes crown, bridge, and implant
treatment imperative to avoid changing the structure of
your smile and facial balance.
How Would I Know?
- Teeth hurt upon biting, and pain disappears
- Cold or hot drinks cause sharp and immediate
How Does It Happen?
- Years of biting down on hard objects
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Accident that affects the mouth
- Stress on heavily filled teeth
How Are Cracked Teeth Treated?
- Craze lines, the tiny cracks that affect
only the outer tooth surface, cause no discomfort and
require no treatment, but they can be hidden with cosmetic
veneers. In addition, you can prevent them from happening
further, if you wear a custom made night guard.
- Deeply cracked teeth may require crowns
to reinforce the tooth's structure, or root canal treatment
if dental pulp is affected.
At the time of your comprehensive exam,
Dr. Maz will evaluate your teeth, and help you plan the
appropriate treatment for you.
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