Cosmetic Dentistry

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

If there's anything in this life that we should never hide is our smile.  Dr. Yang has studied under world-renowned esthetic dentists and found a passion for impacting the lives who hide their smiles from the rest of the world.    

It is truly amazing how cosmetic procedures can be so transformative for your smile and your confidence!  Whether you damaged your tooth, have gaps between your teeth - Smilehouse provides esthetic procedures leaving you with a very natural look and feel.  This not only a science but an art form that Dr. Yang is truly passionate about.

Read more below for a better understanding of our procedures prior to your consultation. 

Whitening with KÖR and Zoom!

At SmileHouse, we provide Zoom! and KÖR.  

One of the key differences between both procedures is that Zoom! uses a blue light while KöR does not.  With Zoom!, patients have varying levels of sensitivity while KöR has shown to have little to no sensitivity, with excellent results.  

Depending on your treatment preferences or whitening goals, you can use KöR either at home, have it applied by your dentist, or choose a combination of in-office and at-home treatments.  However, this treatment is only available by participating dental providers and cannot be administered over the counter. 

Feel free to come for a consultation to see which treatment is right

for you.

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Bonding

It's very common to chip your tooth.  This can happen while biting into a hard substance or if there's slight trauma to the tooth.  Depending on the size of the chip, it can also impact the integrity of the tooth. 

Bonding is a painless procedure where a tooth-colored composite resin is put in place of the chip.  Once the composite is placed in, a blue-light will be used to cure the composite to harden the substance.  Bonding can also be used for increasing the length of your tooth or to fill in slight gaps between your teeth. 

At SmileHouse, we take a lot of care into matching the colors, contours, and edges to match the anatomy of your teeth for a natural look and feel.  This procedure would only take one visitation.

Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are attached to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They’re often made from porcelain or resin-composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth.

Veneers can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic concerns, including chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller-than-average teeth.  Some people may only get one veneer in the case of a broken or chipped tooth, but many get between six to eight veneers in order to create an even, symmetrical smile. The top front eight teeth are the most commonly applied veneers.

Dental veneers are most commonly made out of porcelain. Applying traditional dental veneers requires more intensive prep work compared to alternatives that are sometimes called “no-prep veneers.” These no-prep veneers — which include options like Lumineers and Vivaneeres — take less time and are less invasive to apply.

Veneers aren’t the same as tooth implants or crowns. Veneers cover the front surface of the tooth. Implants, on the other hand, replace the entire tooth. Crowns also encase the entire tooth, while veneers only cover the front surface of the tooth (which is visible with a smile).

Veneers will take two visitations to complete the procedure.

Crowns

Sometimes when a filling is not enough or a tooth is misshapen, your oral care provider will recommend a dental crown to protect, cover, and restore the shape of your tooth. While getting a crown might seem unfamiliar or frightening, it’s a common and safe procedure that’ll make your teeth stronger, last longer, and restore your smile to its natural beauty. Here’s some key information on the crown procedure.

 

What are dental crowns?  Internal bleaching is a method of whitening a tooth from the inside out. First, a root canal is performed to remove any pulp that is infected. Then, safe sodium perborate paste is placed deep inside of the tooth. This material reacts with stains and dissolves their particles, making the teeth appear whiter. After a root canal, your tooth is sealed to prevent further damage. 

Over time, your teeth can get damaged. This can happen for a variety of reasons, like tooth decay, injuries or just use over time. Your teeth can lose their shape or size. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that can be placed over your tooth. Think of it like a snug hat for your tooth. The crown restores the tooth’s shape, size, strength and appearance.  The dental crown is cemented into place on your tooth and it covers the visible portion of the tooth.

This procedure will take two visitations to complete the procedure.

Bridges

If you have missing teeth, including front teeth, a dental bridge can help restore the look and function of your teeth. It bridges the gap where the missing tooth is. 

What are dental bridges?  If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge can fill the gap with one or more artificial (false) teeth. A bridge is typically made of crowns on either side of the missing tooth or teeth supporting the pontic (false tooth) and is cemented in place.

Who needs a dental bridge?  Dental bridges can help if you have a missing tooth or teeth. The most common causes of missing teeth are tooth decay, gum disease and injury. Or you may have been born with missing teeth due to a congenital condition. To get a dental bridge, you need healthy teeth on either side of the missing ones.
 

The four main types of bridges are:
 

Traditional fixed bridge: This bridge is the most common. It has two or more crowns and a filler tooth or teeth that are all connected. The crowns keep the bridge in place. Traditional bridges are made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramics.

Cantilever bridge: In this bridge type, the pontic connects to only one abutment tooth. This can sometimes be an option for people who have teeth on only one side of the gap.
 

Maryland dental bridge (resin-bonded bridge): You may have this type of bridge if you have missing front teeth. It’s made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramic teeth, supported by a framework. Wings on each side of the bridge bond to your existing teeth.

Implant-supported bridge: This bridge is similar to a “traditional fixed bridge” but instead of being cemented in place to teeth, it is held in place by implants.

What can I use instead of a dental bridge?

Some people choose partial dentures, which are removable false teeth. You take them out to clean them. You may also be a candidate for a dental implant. An implant is surgically placed in your jaw. Your dentist can help you figure out what the best option is for you.

This procedure will take two visitations to complete the procedure.