Cosmetic/Aesthetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dental procedures aren’t just for adults. More and more children and teenagers are undergoing dental procedures done for cosmetic reasons. The teenage years are a time when boys and girls really focus on socialization and appearances. Their smiles are their introduction to their friends and peers. Being accepted socially is extremely important during those delicate years. 

Today there are gentle and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that can enhance the smile in a minimally invasive way and boost self confidence

Teeth Whitening/Bleaching – For most, starting at age 14,  teenagers can have their teeth gently whitened. We use Glo gentle whitening to safely lighten the teeth. It is important to keep in mind that some sensitivity is always possible after a bleaching procedure but typically subside a few days later. The chances of sensitivity is reduced if, for a week or so before the bleaching, a toothpaste with high concentration of fluoride is used.

Bonding The procedure called bonding is used in many instances. In cosmetic dentistry, it is typically used to rebuild a broken anterior tooth or to cover an area of discoloration.

Microabrasion – superficial irregularities of the enamel and some intrinsic staining on the surface of dental enamel can be corrected with microabrasion. The procedure involves the mechanical rubbing of acidic and abrasive agents  on the enamel in the esthetic area. Many studies have shown that the removal of the enamel is minimal and the results satisfactory

Icon resin infiltration on white spot lesions can greatly minimize their appearance in a non-invasive manner. These lesions can typically happen after orthodontic treatment especially if home care is not perfect. The reason why those lesions appear white is because there is a scattering of light on the surface of the demineralized lesions. Icon treatment of hypo-mineralized white spot lesion can be combined with the use of Mi paste at night.

Mi paste is a remineralizing paste that contains calcium and phosphate. Mi paste is effective in helping deposit minerals where the enamel has been demineralized. Depending on the case, Mi paste can be brushed on the teeth or placed into a tray custom made by the dentist to maximize the amount of time the active ingredients in Mi paste can stay in contact with the enamel surfaces. Mi paste should not be used by anyone who is sensitive/allergic to milk or milk derivatives.

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