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Cosmetic Dentistry

Veneers

Do you dislike the shape or color of your front teeth? Have you heard of dental veneers? 

Dental veneers are designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to help in the following ways:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Broken or worn teeth
  • Misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Teeth with gaps between them
  • For instant-smile makeovers

In - Office Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a simple and easy procedure that can be completed in our dental office in as little as an hour.  You’d be surprise how much whiter your teeth will look after only an hour. Bleaching / whitening in-office is a safe and easy procedure for individuals who want whiter teeth now.

Whitening is a easy and simple procedure. When you come in, we will take a pre-whitening shade of your teeth so you can see the difference in your teeth when we are done. Next, we will protect your gums and the rest of your mouth from the bleaching gel. Once you are completely isolated, we will begin the first 15-minute session of whitening. After those 15 minutes, we will rinse off the bleaching gel and repeat up to two more times. After the bleaching is complete, we will take a post-shade so you can see the difference.

Here are some advantages of in-office Zoom! whitening system:

  • Immediate results
  • Safe and effective
  • Saves time
  • Increases compliance
  • Provides youthful appearance
  • Perfect choice for busy individuals

At-home Whitening / Bleaching Systems

The great thing about at home whitening is that you can control when and how often you whiten your teeth.  With at-home whitening, you are given specific whitening trays that are made to fit you and only you. Once you have them, you place the whitening gel in the trays and wear them for the desired amount of time. 

At-home bleaching is a great tool to use in conjunction with in-office whitening when you notice you need a touch up with your whitening.  Some bleaching solutions can whiten your teeth in as little as three to five days. 

For more information about at-home whitening, please ask someone from Iliff Family Dental to assist you. 

Dental Crowns

Porcelain crowns are needed when a large filling is needed for your tooth, you recently had a root canal, or one of your current crowns has failed. No matter the reason you may need dental crowns, know you are in great hands seeing Dr. Christopher Henes and his staff at Iliff Family Dental. Porcelain is the most lifelike material that can be used to fashion dental crowns. Because porcelain is so lifelike it is only understanding that we use the most lifelike material for something like your front teeth. This will improve your overall appearance. If your front tooth needs a crown, we will use the most natural, beautiful, durable and translucent porcelain.

  • Dr. Christopher Henes will discuss your needs and goals with you. He will determine if porcelain crowns are the proper cosmetic dentistry treatment for you.
  • If a dental crown is what you need, then at your first appointment Dr. Christopher Henes will prepare the teeth for the crown by removing a small portion of enamel. This will ensure proper fit of the final crown.
  • After your tooth is prepared Dr. Henes and his staff will take impressions of the prepared teeth. We will send the impressions to a dental lab for fabrication of the porcelain crown.
  • After the impression is taken, the dental team will then place temporary crowns while you wait for your permanent porcelain crowns which typically takes 1 week. If you elect to have a same day crown fabricated then we will fabricate the crown in office.
  • At the second visit Dr. Henes will permanently bond your beautiful new crown to your tooth.

Dental Bridges

A bridge helps replace a missing tooth or teeth with something that doesn’t have to be removed from your mouth daily to clean.  A bridge is supported by two healthy teeth on either side of a missing tooth or teeth. Using those two healthy teeth, crowns are placed on those teeth and an artificial tooth is placed between them and cemented into place. Because this is cemented into place you don’t have to worry about taking it in and out like a partial denture.  Missing teeth not only affects your appearance, but can interfere with speech and chewing and allows other teeth to drift into misalignment. It is crucial to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong and in correct alignment.

Please note: The team at Iliff Family Dental is sensitive to the dental needs of our patients and will work to develop individualized plans that prevent unnecessary tooth loss and discomfort.

Tooth Filling / Teeth Bonding

When you have misaligned teeth or even a small fracture on your tooth, you can repair or fix those by something as easy as composite bonding. Composite bonding is a minimally invasive treatment option in cosmetic dentistry to help improve your smile. This technique uses tooth-colored composite, giving you durable results and an immediate smile makeover at an economical price.

The composite bonding procedure involves preparation of the involved tooth/teeth, conditioning of the tooth surface, applying tooth-colored composite material, and is followed by finishing and polishing the restoration.

Composite bonding can be useful for some of the following dental conditions:

  • Broken fractured teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Spacing between teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • A cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
  • Prior to getting porcelain veneers to get an idea of the end result

Invisalign

Dr. Henes can help you take the first step towards getting the radiant smile you deserve with Invisalign® clear aligners. With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth without anyone around you being the wiser. Invisalign treatment involves a series of clear, removable aligners designed to gradually improve your alignment and bite. This means you won’t have to shy away from the camera while you’re undergoing treatment, and you won’t have to inconvenience yourself by drastically altering your oral healthcare routine.

Invisalign® uses the most advanced technology available in cosmetic dentistry today, employing a series of comfortable, removable, transparent aligners to gradually straighten your teeth.

Here's how it works:

  • Before treatment begins, Dr. Henes maps out a detailed, individualized treatment plan for each patient. Part of that plan includes a digital 3D representation of how your teeth will shift during treatment.
  • During treatment, Invisalign® works seamlessly with your lifestyle. For best results, aligners should be worn between 20 and 22 hours every day. However, they are virtually invisible, so most people won’t notice you are wearing them.
  • The Invisalign® aligners are also removable, so you can eat and drink normally. You also remove them to brush and floss, helping you maintain fresh breath and good oral hygiene. Because there are no metal brackets or wires, you will experience less mouth irritation with Invisalign® than with traditional braces.
  • Teeth with gaps between them
  • For instant-smile makeovers

You will see Dr. Henes about once every 4 to 6 weeks during treatment, but the appointments are a short duration because there are no metal or wire adjustments.

Most adults wear the aligners about 12 months, but treatment time for teenage patients varies. After treatment, most doctors recommend using a retainer after treatment. Every case is different, though, so talk to Dr. Henes about your specific situation.

If you want to fix misaligned teeth, but are put off by the thought of wearing traditional metal braces, call our office today to schedule your complimentary Invisalign® consultation.

To learn more about Invisalign®, visit http://www.invisalign.com/