LUMINEERS & COSMETIC DENTISTRY
This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and metal-free restorations and crowns.
Lumineers and/or Veneers
Is a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Lummineers are typically more minimally invasive than traditional veneers and frequently require little to no numbing for the procedure. Lumineers and veneers are usually done to the part of the tooth that are visible when talking or smiling. Lumineers and veneers are usually recommended for teeth that are yellow, chipped, misshapen, broken, stained, ugly and/or crooked teeth.
Dr Larsen placed these veneers on the front teeth are over 19 years ago.
This patient orginally had an edge to edge bite for over 40 years which caused chipping of the upper front teeth and caused him to be embarrassed about his smile. His smile looked wornout, old, chipped and did not support the upper lip properly. Veneers restored his bite and smile to a beautiful and functional state, as well as improved the upper lip profile making him look younger. This patient still tells Dr Larsen that these veneers were the best thing he ever did.
Replace unsightly metal containing restorations and crowns with beautiful biocompatible restorations. Not all metal-free restorations are created equal. In fact, most do not meet our standards in regards to biocompatiblity.
The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 3 hours, or overnight. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.
The cost of the tray method is about half compared to Zoom!, and there is usually less post-treatment sensitivity.