Cosmetic Dentistry with Advanced Dental Arts NW
Over the past 30 years, cosmetic dentistry has risen in popularity as many people have realized that a bright smile not only makes you more attractive, but it also can boost your confidence. There are many cosmetic dental treatments available you to help you be proud of your smile. These can include changing the shape or alignment of particular teeth or fixing occlusions. It may also include working to correct bites that are off-center and causing TMJ, jaw popping, or other jaw pain. At Advanced Dental Arts NW, our cosmetic dentistry services can also help fill in any unwanted gaps or spaces in your teeth, lighten colors, and repair or replace any older, unattractive dental treatments.
Bonded Porcelain Restorations
There is no restorative material that can match the strength, versatility, and beauty of properly designed and positioned bonded porcelains. That is why we, along with the very best dental offices around the world, use these restorations for virtually all our crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers.
With with our CEREC 3D technology, the Itero Optical Scanner, and our TechScan computerized bite adjustment, we are able to use these porcelains to restore teeth to their original strengths, contours, and aesthetics. Unlike composite materials, porcelains wear at approximately the same rate as natural tooth structure, and will not shrink or distort or abrade disproportionately.
This means that the likelihood of spaces or gaps opening between the teeth (which can impact food and lead to gum infection and bone loss) is extremely remote. Additionally, because there is only a very very thin layer of composite bonding between the porcelain and the tooth, there is very little that can go wrong over time.
Teeth that require larger restorations, including molar crowns, or bridgework of any sort, are generally best restored with a ceramic base (replacing the metals that used to be beneath crowns and bridges) covered in a more natural, vibrant porcelain. These restorations are far more beautiful and lifelike and avoid the darkening near the gum line.
If you are in a hurry, we can do single molar crowns in one day that are exceptionally strong, but this is generally a slightly longer appointment. If you are not in a “need-it-now” situation, we often will have the lab complete the case, as the total amount of time you need to be here is slightly shorter. Additionally, our ceramic lab can use materials that are far harder than what can be produced in one visit. And not to worry—our temporary restorations will be beautiful and comfortable throughout their needed time, and you will not even realize that they are temporaries instead of the real restorations!
Veneers are an ultra-conservative way to change the shape and color and even size of the teeth, and we will use them on occasion to correct missized teeth or to give that final “zing” to an orthodontic case. If we are straightening teeth with Invisalign, we can pre-plan for these veneers and place them with very little preparation of the teeth at all. This means no injections at any time. Veneers are incredibly aesthetic and very minimally invasive and should last for many decades.
With any restoration, it is important to have the bite just right, which is why all our bonded porcelain cases are double checked when we seat the restorations.
Teeth Whitening System: Zoom WhiteSpeed
At Advanced Dental Arts NW, we utilize Zoom WhiteSpeed® as a professional teeth whitening procedure. In about an hour, Zoom® safely and gently whitens your teeth to their brightest natural shade, removes years of discoloration, and adds youth and freshness to your smile. One big advantage of in-office whitening is that in just one visit, you get the most advanced whitening technology with the results you want. For example, Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed has been clinically proven to whiten your teeth up to eight shades in just 45 minutes!
What’s more, you can relax and listen to your favorite music or watch a movie while the soft blue LED light works its magic. We also provide materials to help you maintain that natural lightness over the years. Zoom® is widely recognized as the most effective whitening system anywhere!
Whether you need TMJ treatment, an occlusal splint, or just a routine whitening, the friendly dentists and staff at Advanced Dental Arts NW can help with all your cosmetic dentistry needs!