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COSMETIC DENTISTRY: A great smile conveys health, happiness and vitality. Not only will you look more attractive but, more
importantly, you will feel more attractive. But not everyone is born with sparkling straight teeth. There was once a time when you had to live with the teeth you were born with.  Those days are long gone.


Imagine….getting a total smile makeover with no pain and having it done in a tranquil setting.

Imagine….having yellow, stained and discolored teeth transformed into beautiful white teeth in one visit, a visit that allows you to relax in a heated massage chair, listen to music under a cozy blanket while aromatherapy candles are lit around you.
Imagine….having your uneven teeth perfectly aligned by the help of the highest quality, no preparation veneers or with Invisalign, the invisible alternative to braces.
Imagine….having dark ugly fillings replaced by tooth colored bonding for a cavity free look in only one painless visit.

So if you look in the mirror everyday and don’t like the smile you see let our team design the smile of your dreams. Whether walking Broadway in Saratoga Springs, taking the boat out on the Great Sacandaga or just heading off to the mall in Clifton Park, you’ll be more confident with a beautiful smile.

 

LET OUR TEAM DESIGN AND DELIVER YOUR DREAM SMILE.


Our cosmetic dentists can:

1. Change the size, shape and alignment of your teeth (Instant Ortho)
2. Fill in unattractive smiles
3. Improve or correct bites
4. Lighten and brighten the color of your teeth
5. Repair decayed, broken, cracked or chipped teeth
6. Replace missing teeth
7. Replace old, unattractive silver fillings
8. Replace discolored and stained bonding

Composite Fillings: Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing those big black fillings? Are you tired of your children asking, “Why are your teeth gray?”.
If your old silver fillings are unbecoming to you, then you should be coming to us.
All of our practices are completely amalgam (silver-filling) free. We use only the newest technologies in tooth bonding to deliver white composite restorations that will blend seamlessly into your natural tooth. Don’t settle anymore for a smile you’re not proud of; -talk to any of our staff about the changes you would like to achieve. It may be far more simple than you ever dreamed.
When you arrive at any of our offices for a filling, you will be greeted by a friendly staff that will discuss the procedure completely prior to initiating any treatment and answer all questions. Next, your dentist will use an advanced spectrophotometer to check your tooth shade.  
What is a spectrophotometer? It is the latest advancement in cosmetic dentistry.  The Vita Easyshade (a spectrophotometer) measures the shade of you teeth.  It is capable of detecting over 45 different shades and will even give three different shades per tooth, a gumline shade, a body shade and a top shade (an incisal shade). The result is a near miss color match every time, making it hard for even
 your dentist to find your fillings. After we’ve selected your shade, we will remove the decay and existing silver fillings quickly and painlessly. Your new white fillings will be placed and cured (hardened) with the latest plasma arc curing light, ensuring a faster procedure for you and less post-operative temperature sensitivity than the conventional methods. Your new white fillings will be polished to a high shine and your new smile is ready to be unveiled.

If you can’t be cavity free, let us make it look like you are!

 

 

Porcelain Crowns: Do you know someone who has large white crowns that look terrible?

 

 

Do you know anyone that shows a gray line around their crowns at the gumline? If you think all crowns have to look like these, then let our practice introduce you to cosmetic dentistry done the right way.  Advances in ceramic technologies have now made it possible to create beautiful, metal-free, life-like restorations for both the front and back teeth.

Our dentists will evaluate your needs, your occlusion (bite) and the cosmetics required to choose just the right product to achieve your ideal result. Talk to our dentists about improving your smile- you might like what we can do.

Although there are numerous types and brand names for all ceramic crowns, which we use for different indications, below we highlight two of our favorites. The first is a gorgeous pressed ceramic crown known as Empress, while the second, known as Lava, is an ultra strong but life-like crown perfect for back teeth.
• IPS EMPRESS CROWNS
IPS Empress has more than 15 years of proven experience in the practice of metal free restorations. This beautiful product allows every crown to exhibit the natural contours and aesthetics while maintaining the highest quality standards.

• LAVA CROWNS
Lava-all ceramic crowns are one of the strongest zirconia-based restorations available today. This unique structure is made with a precision milling system and can withstand forces many times greater than those generated in the mouth, yet the translucent overlay still maintains beautiful, natural aesthetic results.

All Porcelain Fixed Bridges:

Until recently, the only option the cosmetic dentist had to restore a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth with a dental bridge was the

conventional porcelain fused to metal (PFM) bridge previously described in the family dental section. Although highly effective and often quite cosmetic, the PFM bridge has three hurdles the general dentist had to contend with.  First, the underlying metal framework did not allow light to pass through the restoration, resulting in “dead-looking” crowns. Secondly, the appearance of a gray line at the gumline and lastly, the large metal quantity often made the appliance heavy and uncomfortable to wear.
Today, however, the advent of beautiful all ceramic materials allow our cosmetic dentists the ability to plan and execute superior long span all ceramic bridges to replace multiple teeth.
 

PREPARING FOR AN ALL CERAMIC BRIDGE:
In order to ensure the best possible results, our dentists will take several steps in the pre-treatment phase to help the patient visualize the case. First is the use of smile design software – this software allows the patient to visualize what the final results should look like from a patient’s photo. Second is the use of diagnostic wax-ups or mock-ups – using models of the patient's existing teeth.  The final restorations are designed in wax. During this stage the patient can evaluate the shape, length and form of the teeth. Last is the use of lab fabricated temporaries or provisional restorations. These temporary bridges allow for immediate make-overs following preparation of the teeth. In addition to being exceptionally strong, the dentist and the patient can truly evaluate the color of the teeth, the shape, the length, the form and the bite before proceeding to the final results.

If you are a patient currently wearing a removable partial denture or a flipper and you hate having a removable appliance but you were unhappy with the idea of a metal bridge, talk with our staff about an all ceramic fixed bridge.

 

Veneers: Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the

 front of the teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and may someday need replacement. However, they are very durable and will give you many years of wonderful service with the proper care.

 

REASONS FOR PORCELAIN VENEERS:
1. Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white beautiful smile
2. Crooked teeth
3. Misshapen teeth
4. Severely discolored or stained teeth
5. Teeth that are too small or too large
6. Unwanted or uneven spaces
7. Worn or chipped teeth
Veneers are considered minimally invasive dentistry and can be performed one of two ways. First is with minimal tooth preparation (reduction), typically between 0.3 and 0.5 mm of tooth reduction. Secondly, they can be completed without any tooth reduction, being applied directly over the face of the tooth, much like a contact lens,

changing the color and shape of the teeth without a single injection or any drilling. Currently, the popular “no preparation” veneers are known as LUMINEERS – our dental staff would be happy to discuss the different veneers and their different indications with you.
 

WHAT DOES GETTING PORCELAIN VENEERS INVOLVE?
Getting veneers usually requires three visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the entire procedure. At the first visit, the dentist will work with the patient to design the smile of which you’ve always dreamed. The procedure may involve taking impressions to make models of your mouth and taking photographs so we can do a digital rendering of the final results with smile design software. Our models also allow for the fabrication of beautiful lab fabricated temporaries to be ready for your smile transformation. On the second visit, the teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.

A mold or impression of the teeth is made and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist. The temporary veneers will be cemented so that the patient can evaluate the esthetics and occlusion of their new smile. On the third visit, the temporaries will be removed; the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement will be placed between the tooth and the veneer and the cement will be hardened with a special light. Our staff will review all the new care instructions for your veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.

Esthetic Gum Recontouring: Having a beautiful smile is more than having beautiful teeth.  You need proper lip support, the right height to your smile, you need the cheeks

(buccal tissue) to be tight to the teeth to eliminate black triangles at the corners of your mouth when you smile, and you need gorgeous gums. Gorgeous gums are pink and firm, they are tight to the tooth and they

are symmetrical across the teeth. The gum tissue should not be too high, exposing the root of the tooth, and it should not be too low, making the teeth look short and square. Many patients come to our office seeking a consult because they don’t like the look of their teeth, when in actuality they really don’t like the look of their gums.


GUMS FRAME THE TEETH
Healthy, well contoured, pink gum tissue compliments and frames the teeth. The aesthetic framing of the gum tissue is as important to the teeth as the quality of the frame is to a work of art. Gum tissue that is red and swollen, unsymmetrical and unhealthy detracts from teeth that are otherwise healthy.

 

HOW DO WE IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF THE GUMS?
Esthetic gum recontouring cannot even be planned until all existing inflammation in the gingival tissue is resolved. When the gums are unhealthy, they appear swollen and “puffy”.  Once healthy, the dentist can get an accurate picture of the gingival condition and symmetry. Depending on the periodontal health, the gum healing will begin with a thorough cleaning and improved oral hygiene. Once the hygiene has been established and the gums can be evaluated, the cosmetic dentist is looking to establish gingival contours which are symmetrical on both sides of the mouth, with the gum height even between the two front teeth and at the same height as the two canines. The laterals can range anywhere between 1mm below the height of the centrals to even with the centrals depending on patient preference – what matters most is symmetry.
Depending on how much the gums need to be lifted (or recontoured) determines the type of procedure. Typically, in all of our procedures, diagnostic models with the desired gum lift planned out are made prior to any procedure along with a clear acrylic guide to assist in achieving the desired symmetry.

If only a minor lift is needed, the gum tissue is trimmed according to our guide to achieve a more “aesthetically balanced appearance”. This is typically known as a simple gum lift, gingivectomy or esthetic gum recontouring.
If, by removing the excessive gum tissue, we feel we may approach the bone supporting the teeth, we may need to consider referral to a periodontist or oral surgeon. In these instances, the bone along the front of the root may also need to be altered. This is done to preserve a principle known as “biologic width”, which if violated, may result in persistent gingival inflammation, redness and recession around any restorations placed on the teeth involved.
Esthetic gum recontouring is a remarkably simple cosmetic procedure that can make a tremendous difference to your smile.

 

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