Traditional porcelain veneers, also called “dental porcelain laminates” or “dental veneers” are thin shells of porcelain that are permanently bonded to teeth that are worn, chipped, discolored, or misaligned, greatly improving the look of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are strong, incredibly resilient, non-porous (so they will not stain), and non-abrasive to surrounding teeth. Veneers can lengthen, straighten, and whiten teeth, providing a beautiful, natural-looking smile and a more comfortable bite position.
A traditional veneer can be looked at as a conservative crown; rather than encompassing the entire tooth, the cosmetic veneer only covers the visible portion, preserving most of the natural tooth structure. For optimal cosmetic results, each veneered tooth must also be shaped to receive the new veneer. A thin layer, about .5 mm on average of the natural tooth structure is removed to allow proper cosmetics and fit of the new venee. On occasion, little or no natural tooth structure needs to be removed.
LUMINEERS® differ from traditional veneers in that they don’t require any removal of the natural tooth structure for application. A LUMINEERS® veneer is as thin as a contact lens, can be placed over existing teeth, and can be removed in the future if necessary. An ideal candidate for LUMINEERS® has enough natural tooth surface available to bond to the veneer for long-lasting results. LUMINEERS®, like traditional veneers, are a fantastic solution for chipped, stained, misaligned, or discolored teeth.
ILAS dentists are happy to provide to you a free visual consultations if you are considering porcelain laminates, dental veneers, or LUMINEERS®
Want to avoid traditional metal braces? Invisalign® or Clear Correct may be a wonderful solution for you. Invisalign® invisible braces and Clear Correct orthodontics rapidly straighten your teeth with a series of clear, practically invisible customized aligners. For many of our patients, Invisalign® and Clear Correct have completely transformed their smiles while avoiding the metal look that is traditionally associated with braces.
If you’re looking for a quick teeth whitening solution for a special occasion, you’ve come to the right dental practice. It’s best to first have a teeth cleaning just prior to your in-office whitening appointment. Then plan on sitting back and relaxing to your favorite tunes on our Bose headphones while we take care of everything!
Maintain your beautiful new smile at home with our take-home bleaching system, extending the life of your freshly whitened teeth.
Custom bleach trays are an easy way for you to maintain your white teeth and Britesmile® results from the comfort of your own home. It’s simple! We take impressions of your teeth and then create custom fitting bleach trays. We’ll then instruct you on how to correctly place the whitening solution into the trays for optimal results.
While dental implants may not traditionally be thought of as cosmetic dentistry, they can be key in helping us to achieve your desired cosmetic results. If you have a weak or compromised tooth, perhaps from an injury or prior root canal, replacing the tooth with an implant may create a more durable and attractive solution to help restore your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry is dental treatment that improves both the beauty and health of a person’s smile and is our speciality here at ILAS. Nearly every dental procedure has two goals: to improve both aesthetics and function. Here at ILAS we take both of those goals into consideration in every procedure we do, so you can be sure that you’ll have beautiful, long-lasting, hassle-free results. It’s also our mission to ensure that all of our guests feel comfortable and cared for every step of the way.
We handle a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures, including teeth whitening, repairing, and straightening, as well as replacing teeth and enhancing the appearance of our guests’ teeth and smile. We most commonly use cosmetic veneers or laminates, which are thin yet durable restorations that preserve much of the natural tooth and are popular alternatives to traditional crowns. We also perform dental bonding to shape teeth and enhance patients’ smiles.
Cosmetic dentists provide much more than a beautiful smile and healthy teeth and gums. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), an improved or restored smile has been shown to improve a person’s overall health and emotional wellbeing. When a person feels confident about his or her smile, it can boost his or her self-image and support high self-esteem for a feeling of empowerment in all areas of life. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry are for anyone who desires not only to improve oral health and function, but also to improve quality of life.
Techniques in cosmetic dentistry have advanced dramatically over the last decade. The quality of dental materials like composite resins and porcelain have improved to provide a more natural, life-like appearance, and lasers have replaced traditional scalpels for contouring and gum-tissue surgeries, providing quick, non-surgical results.
The answer depends on what your goal is cosmetically. If you’re happy with the color and shape of your teeth and are only concerned with straightening them, then orthodontic teeth straightening may be the best option for you. However, if you want to whiten and enhance the shape of your teeth as well as straighten them, then cosmetic dentistry will provide the results you’re looking for, while also saving you time and money.
Clear teeth aligners, such as Invisalign®, are a fantastic alternative to traditional metal braces. Although not always necessary, some patients will choose to undergo a degree of teeth straightening before being fitted with cosmetic veneers.
A cosmetic veneer is essentially a conservative crown that covers only the visible part of the tooth rather than encompassing the entire tooth. This allows much of the natural tooth structure to be preserved. Veneers can lengthen, straighten, and whiten teeth to enhance one’s smile and bite. Although most of the natural tooth structure is preserved with veneers, each veneered tooth must be shaped, with a thin portion of the outer layer removed, to allow space for veneer placement.
Correctly “seated” veneers are incredibly strong and durable, and can last for many years or even a lifetime with good oral care.
Porcelain veneers are non-porous and therefore do not stain or discolor.
Absolutely. There are many different materials used to create veneers and crowns. To make sure that you receive only the highest quality veneers and crowns, it’s important to look for a cosmetic dentist with experience and proven results. Always ask to see a portfolio of before and after pictures before choosing a cosmetic dentist.
ILAS creates all restorations from the finest materials available today and works directly with a ceramist dedicated to ILAS and his team.
Bonding is done by placing a tooth-like material onto a tooth to alter its shape or to build it up. The advantage of bonding is that it can be completed in one visit and is an ultra-conservative way to restore a damaged tooth. The disadvantage is that a bonded tooth discolors over time compared to the unbonded portion of the tooth and is more prone to breakage than a veneer.
An all-porcelain crown or veneer is one that is 100% made of porcelain, as opposed to “porcelain fused to metal” (PFM) restorations that have a metal lining covered with porcelain. PFM restorations often appear “flat” because the metal doesn’t let light pass through it like a natural tooth does, and there is often a dark line visible next to the gum line that is undesirable. The metal can also cause an allergic reaction or irritation in the gum tissue.
Always inquire as to what materials will be used in your restorations! Some dentists will say they’re using porcelain, which they are…on the outside. ILAS provides 100% all-porcelain restorations, which, when properly sealed, are as strong or stronger than metal-lined restorations and allow for light to pass through (referred to as translucency) for a natural, life-like look.
Sometimes patients have too much gum tissue, or their gum tissue is asymmetrical across their teeth. A specialized soft tissue laser can remove excessive gum tissue or reshape asymmetrical tissue to enhance one’s smile. This is a pain-free, non-surgical procedure that can be completed in a matter of minutes.
The cost of cosmetic dentistry depends on how much work you want or need, yet is likely not as expensive as you might think. As with any cosmetic process, costs vary with the amount of product or services you desire. Our office is happy to explain the various fees and to help you to determine the best procedures based on your aesthetic goals.
Some cosmetic dental options may be covered by insurance if a “need” is established. Our guests also often choose to take advantage of a monthly payment plan provided through www.lendingclub.com or www.springstoneplan.com.