Not all cosmetic dentistry is the same. Cosmetic can mean many things. Unfortunately, it can be very different from dentist to dentist or from patient to patient. Typically, procedures considered under the realm of cosmetic dentistry include whitening, enamelplasty (re-contouring), tooth straightening, and bonding or tooth-colored fillings used to mask stains or close spaces between the teeth.
Porcelain crowns, veneers, and implant restorations can also play a big role in enhancing or changing a person’s smile. In short, it takes an experienced and well-trained dentist to combine all these options and tailor them to achieve what the patient desires.
Our dentists have trained at the prestigious Spear Center of Dentistry. They have both studied under Dr. Frank Spear, one of the top cosmetic dentists in the country. Using his series of photographs and facially-generated treatment planning techniques, we provide options for you to achieve the best outcome possible with cosmetic dentistry in Lawrence, KS.
Countless flaws could appear in your smile over the years, but with porcelain veneers, we can hide many of these imperfections all at once! A veneer is a thin shell made out of porcelain that is fitted over the front side of a tooth, completely covering the surface. We can recommend veneers for teeth that are cracked, stained, irregularly shaped, or suffering from any number of cosmetic issues. Porcelain doesn’t stain as easily as natural enamel does, so you can count on your new smile looking great for quite a while.
Older patients might immediately think of silver or gold crowns when they hear the phrase “dental restorations.” Nowadays, you don’t need to choose between a healthy mouth and natural-looking teeth. Metal-free restorations are crafted using ceramic materials that closely resemble the enamel protecting your teeth. Not only are they the same color, but they also reflect light the same way. When properly fitted and shaded, they look, feel, and function just like your original teeth.
Direct bonding is often considered an alternative to porcelain veneers. The procedure can be done in just one appointment, and it can correct all kinds of flaws including misshapen teeth, small gaps, and minor cracks. A small amount of composite resin (a material that is also used for cosmetically-friendly dental fillings) will be placed on the tooth and molded so that it hides the various problematic areas before it is hardened into place with a special light.
If you haven’t had any luck whitening your teeth on your own, ask us about Zoom! whitening. This in-office procedure is broken into a series of fifteen-minute sessions. A special whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide is placed on the teeth. When the Zoom! lamp is shined on the gel, it causes the hydrogen peroxide to penetrate the enamel and quickly remove the substances that are responsible for stains. Even a dull smile can be dramatically brightened in about an hour.
At Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence, we provide Smart Moves technology for teeth straightening. Smart Moves is a clear aligner system that allows you to straighten your teeth without bulky braces. In fact, Smart Moves aligners are barely visible. Contact Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence today to learn about Smart Moves and what it can do for you.
Do you find yourself worrying about a tooth or several teeth that are just a little too short? Odds are that they’re actually normal-sized but hidden underneath an excessive amount of gum tissue. We can identify the tissue that you don’t need and remove it so that more of your teeth are clearly visible whenever you smile. Like with other gum-related procedures, we can use a high-precision dental laser to ensure that the treatment is extremely comfortable.
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