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Cosmetic dentistry is the art of restoring your smile. Dents, cracks, and yellow teeth aren't exactly things most people like to show off in their smiles, which is why your Waukesha, WI, dentists--Dr. Joel Jahimiak, Dr. Cathleen Raz, and Dr. Kendra Loch-- offer their expertise.
Here are some of the procedures offered at Complete Family Dentistry:
Porcelain Veneers: A thin piece of porcelain that matches the rest of your teeth and is layered on top of your natural teeth to conceal stains, fractures, and minor chips.
Porcelain Inlays/Onlays: This technique is similar to placing a crown, but is a more conservative way to fill cavities and correct structure and function.
Tooth Bonding: This procedure reshapes and closes gaps between teeth, as well as repairs chips and cracks with the use of a tooth-colored resin material.
Porcelain Crowns: The tooth-shaped cap is placed over natural teeth to reinforce them and restore your tooth's shape, size, and strength, as well as improve aesthetic appeal.
Porcelain Bridges: This is a fixed dental restoration used to replace missing teeth and join or anchor artificial teeth to adjacent dental implants.
Teeth Whitening: Your Waukesha dentist offers two types of teeth whitening methods so you can choose whichever is more convenient in your fight to eliminate dental stains:
- In-Office Whitening: This technique uses high-concentration bleaching gels that aren't available over the counter and offers fast results. A protective barrier is placed over gums and tooth-root surfaces to protect them from the gel, then a plastic device, a retractor, holds lips and cheeks away from bleaching gel applied on teeth. The bleaching gel consists of hydrogen peroxide and whitens teeth in about an hour.
- Take-Home Whitening: This is perhaps a more convenient method for busy individuals who can't make it to the dentist's office, but it will take longer, perhaps several weeks, to get results. This method involves your doctor making a custom-made mouth tray, one for the top and another for the bottom teeth. You'll fill those trays with teeth whitening gel then placed over teeth and left for an hour.
If you have any questions about any of the cosmetic procedures mentioned above, then don't hesitate to call your Waukesha, WI, dentists at Complete Family Dentistry.
Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.
Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.
The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.
In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.
To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.
Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.
If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.
If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”
Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, there's no need to live with a smile that doesn't make you happy. Dr. Karen Jahimiak, Dr. Joel Jahimiak and Dr. Cathleen Raz, your Waukesha, WI, family dentists at Complete Family Dentistry, share information about several cosmetic procedures that can transform your smile.
Cosmetic bonding is an excellent choice to correct many imperfections and is one of the least expensive dental treatments. Tooth-colored composite resin is used to lengthen teeth, cover discolorations, close gaps, hide chips, conceal roots revealed by receding gums or improve the shape of a tooth. After applying the resin to your teeth, a special light is used to harden and bond the material.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are used in place of fillings. Inlays fit inside the cusps of your teeth, while onlays extend beyond the cusps. Since they're made of tooth-colored material, they're not noticeable, plus your dentist won't need to remove as much healthy tooth structure when you receive them.
Veneers are a good choice if you want to conceal chips and discolorations, lengthen or whiten teeth, close small gaps or improve the appearance of crooked or oddly shaped teeth. Since they're bonded to the fronts of your teeth only, you won't need extensive dental work to improve your smile.
Your Waukesha, WI, family dentists also offer teeth whitening, which can provide you with a dramatic way to brighten your smile. In-office whitening treatments offer immediate results and may lighten your teeth up to eight shades. If you prefer to use an at-home kit, you'll place whitening gel in your custom-made bleaching trays following the schedule recommended by your dentist. At-home whitening usually takes about two weeks.
Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are used to strengthen teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. These hollow restorations fit snugly over your teeth and offer impressive strength and durability. Porcelain crowns may be used to strengthen and restore damaged and fragile teeth, cover discolorations and imperfections and change the shape and length of a tooth. They're also used to anchor artificial teeth in bridges.
Isn't it about time you improved your smile? Call Drs. Karen and Joel Jahimiak and Dr. Raz, your Waukesha, WI, family dentists at Complete Family Dentistry at (262) 549-6850 to schedule an appointment.
Find out how you could get a dental crown in just one visit.
Getting dental crowns often seems like quite the process, and we all know how hectic everyone’s schedules already are. The last thing you want to do is come back multiple times to our office for treatment. That’s why our Waukesha, WI dentists, Drs. Karen and Joel Jahimiak and Dr. Cathleen Raz, are offering CEREC crowns--so you can get the restoration your smile needs without wasting your precious time.
Just in the Nick of Time
As we mentioned above, you can get your new CEREC crown or other restorations (inlays, onlays and veneers) in just one visit. This saves you a lot of time and gets you the new, healthier smile you want in no time.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, meaning you can get your dental crown right here in our office. No need to send your impressions to a lab. Your Waukesha cosmetic dentist creates your crown or other restoration for you. No more waiting for a lab to make your crown and no more unreliable temporary crowns in the meantime.
No Messy Impressions
In addition to the time CEREC crowns save our patients, there are also some other pros to this cosmetic treatment. For one, the CAD/CAM technology we use to design and fabricate your crown uses digital imaging to take impressions of your tooth. So, there is no more messy putty used to take measurements of your mouth. With a few quick snaps of the camera, we can get even more precise measurements of your tooth to create a crown that fits even better.
The Value of Porcelain Restorations
CEREC crowns are also milled from a block of porcelain. Not only is porcelain strong and durable, but it also looks more like a natural tooth as compared to metal crowns. With CEREC, you won’t have to worry about any metal mouth.
Whether you need to repair a tooth or you need a tooth replacement, let Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI refresh your smile with our comprehensive list of services and treatments. We are here to improve your oral health!
Find out how getting cosmetic dentistry in Waukesha could improve your smile.
One of the main responsibilities of a general dentist is to handle and maintain the health of your teeth and gums; however, a cosmetic dentist is mainly focused on the appearance of your smile and how your teeth and gums affect it.
Luckily dental technology has certainly come a long way and now your Waukesha cosmetic dentist can offer everything from a significantly whiter smile to full makeovers that transform damaged, incomplete smiles. Through the use of durable, man-made materials, we are able to create a smile that both lasts and looks natural.
What are the different kinds of cosmetic dentistry options?
There are a multitude of different cosmetic dentistry procedures available in Waukesha:
Cosmetic bonding: This treatment apply a tooth-colored resin to certain tooth surfaces to improve on chips, cracks, breaks, stains and even gaps between teeth.
Tooth reshaping: This procedure, which is sometimes referred to as cosmetic contouring, can make minor changes to the shape of your tooth by shaving down small amounts of enamel. This treatment is often used in conjunction with cosmetic bonding.
Teeth Whitening: This procedure is meant to whiter smiles up to eight shades brighter in only one whitening session. However, we also offer take-home whitening products as well, so patients can enjoy a brighter smile from the comfort of their own home.
Dental Veneers: For those looking to hide more severe discolorations or flaws, these thin shells of porcelain are applied to the front of your teeth to give you a whiter, straighter and more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Dental Crowns: For those with severely weakened or damaged teeth due to trauma, infection or decay, a dental crown can not only restore the strength and resilience of the tooth but also improve the overall appearance of the tooth. By just placing this tooth-shaped cap over the entire tooth we can offer additional protection against further damage.
Smile makeovers: For those with severe and extensive damage, these patients may need several cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the health and appearance of their smile. With a thorough exam and assessment, we can pinpoint the treatments you will need to get the smile you want.
If you are interested in finding out what cosmetic dentistry in Waukesha could do for you, then it’s time to schedule an appointment at Complete Family Dentistry. Let us help you achieve the perfect smile.