Merrell Family Dentistry can perform a variety of procedures to improve your smile. There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapened or missing. Merrell Family Dentistry can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn or short teeth or alter the length of your teeth. Common procedures include whitening, bonding, crowns, veneers and reshaping, bridges and implants.
These improvements are not always just cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, such as your bite.
Tooth whitening is an easy, non-invasive treatment used to whiten the natural tooth enamel and often enhances the beauty of your smile.
Also known as bleaching, our tooth whitening system allows you to whiten your teeth at home. During an office visit, we will take impressions for custom whitening molds and provide you with custom plastic trays. You will then wear the trays at home, following a prescribed schedule, to achieve the level of whitening you desire. Some sensitivity is common during treatment but usually goes away once you’ve stopped treatment.
It’s important to remember that bleaching does not last forever and that drinking coffee, wine, or tea and smoking can diminish your results more quickly.
Since the idea of metal braces is especially concerning to adults, it’s often the reason they do not take steps to improve their smile. Invisible braces are used successfully to correct overbites, underbites, gaps between teeth, and overcrowding.
Invisible braces consist of a series of custom-made aligning trays. Dentists typically change trays every few weeks to maintain progress towards a straighter, more beautiful smile. Patients have control of treatment meaning they can remove trays for cleaning and special occasions. A growing number of people have experienced success with invisible braces with breathtaking results.
Veneers are very thin porcelain restorations designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile. They are bonded to the teeth and can alter the color, shape, size and/or length of teeth to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile. They are durable and will provide a beautiful smile for many years; however, as with most dental procedures/treatments, they are not permanent and may need replacement at some point in time. With our in office digital impression and milling units (CEREC), you can have your Veneers completed in one day! Read more about our Same Day Dentistry services here.
Reasons you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers:
● Crooked teeth
● Severely discolored or stained teeth
● Teeth that are too small or large
● Unwanted or uneven spaces
● Worn or chipped teeth
Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Often times bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede.
Dental bonding can be considered to fix the following dental issues:
• To repair chipped or cracked teeth
• To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
• To close spaces between teeth
• To change the shape or size of teeth
• As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings in the smile zone
• To protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede
Although bonding can be a good and less expensive alternative to veneers or crowns, there are some disadvantages. The material used in dental bonding is not as strong as your real teeth, so actions like biting on fingernails or chewing on pens can actually chip the material. Bonding only lasts a few years before it needs to be repaired and is typically not as strong or stain resistant as other restorative procedures, such as crowns or porcelain veneers