Porcelain crowns are used to cover a tooth that is too weak from decay to accept a filling, or that has a large break or crack in it. A crown restores a tooth to its normal shape and size while protecting and strengthening it. This helps protect the weak tooth from breakage, which could lead to the loss of the tooth.
Crowns can be matched to your natural tooth color so the fact that you have had dental work is easily concealed. Porcelain crowns can also restore stained or misshapen teeth for a wonderful smile.
Crowns are also used to anchor dental bridges to the healthy teeth on each side of a missing tooth (or teeth).
Dental veneers are thin, shell like porcelain or composite material shells that are placed over the front surface of the teeth. Dental veneers are used to correct a variety of dental issues such as stained, uneven, broken or chipped teeth. They are also used to close large gaps between teeth for a flawless smile. Veneers do not require the removal of healthy tooth structure to place so it is a very minimally invasive procedure with maximum results. Due to porcelain veneers translucent qualities we can match them to your teeth for an extremely natural look.
All-Porcelain bridges are used to close spaces created by missing or misaligned teeth. They are made from strong; durable porcelain material and look just like your natural teeth. If you notice strain when biting down, pain during chewing, or difficulty in speaking due to misaligned or missing teeth, bridges might be the right option for you. Because they are semi-permanent, bridges can be removed only by a dentist but are long lasting and strong.
LUMINEERS® are a wonderful solution for permanently stained, chipped, discolored, misaligned teeth. They can even be used to revitalize old crown and bridgework. The team at Alexandria Old Town Dental apply these contact lens-thin “smile shapers” to teeth without any grinding or shaving of the tooth, offering a relatively painless procedure. LUMINEERS® can transform misshapen, worn teeth into a naturally beautiful smile that looks perfect for every individual. Get your perfect smile today!
Composite bonding is a technique used to improve the appearance of your teeth. The term “composite” refers to a tooth-colored blend of materials, either plastic or resin, which is bonded to an existing tooth. Bonding is ideal for fixing chipped or cracked teeth, hiding discoloration on the tooth’s surface, or reducing the gaps between teeth. Whatever the specific intent, composite bonding creates more esthetically pleasing teeth and a brighter smile. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding requires little, if any, removal of the original tooth.
Tooth-colored fillings (bonding) can also effectively treat cavities without having to remove large amounts of the natural tooth structure. Not only do you not have those unsightly metal fillings, you also have a tooth that is much stronger.
Composite Bonded Inlays
Composite Bonding To Repair A Broken/Chipped Front Tooth
Composite Bonding To Repair Decay At The Gum Line
Composite Bonding To Repair Spaces Between Teeth
Natural tooth colored fillings are used as an alternative to traditional metal amalgam fillings. Because composite fillings are bonded to a tooth only the diseased part of the tooth needs to be removed allowing the tooth to maintain much of its strength and integrity. Metal fillings are placed after removing large parts of the healthy tooth. Over time, a crown may be needed because the tooth is weaker and subsequently cracks. With natural tooth colored fillings you will have a beautiful, strong smile.
Composite Bonding To Repair Decay In Back Teeth
Composite Bonding To Repair Decay In Front Teeth
In-Office Tray Whitening
Tooth whitening removes stains from the teeth caused by coffee, teas, tobacco, food and tartar. As we age our teeth naturally darken, aging our smile. Within one office visit you can have a brighter, whiter smile. We’ve been using tooth whiteners for years and have never seen any adverse effect on teeth or gum tissue.
Six Month Smiles®
What Is Six Month Smiles?
Six Month Smiles® is a modern twist on tried-and-true orthodontics. There is little debate within the orthodontic community that braces are the most widely used and most effective method to give patients straight, healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle. Here is what makes Six Month Smiles so innovative …
- Average treatment times of only six months
- Six Month Smiles Lucid-Lok™ clear brackets and Chameleon™ tooth-colored wires are barely visible
- Use of braces has shown to provide the most conservative and predictable final result
- Six Month Smiles Patient Tray Kits™ ensure that your appointments are fast and comfortable
- Low forces and short overall treatment times increase comfort, safety, and hygiene
- Six Month Smiles is typically less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers
Don’t let chips, stains or other imperfections keep you from smiling! Snap-On Smile is your instant smile makeover. Here at Elm Creek Dental we can provide you with the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed about. When you walk into a room or meet someone for the first time, first impressions occur in a flash. Come into our office where you and Dr. Carter can discuss this exciting new procedure.
What Is a Snap-On Smile?
It’s a great alternative to veneers and crowns requiring no shots, no prepping and is quite simply a snap to get. This breakthrough cosmetic procedure can also be used as an alternate to Partial Dentures and bridges. It’s an easy choice and also easy on your wallet.
We offer a number of different smile designs to choose from in a wide range of color shades. We will help you pick the smile that’s right for you and have it custom-fitted to ensure comfortable wearing. The Snap-On Smile is as thin as .5 millimeters but doesn’t compromise on strength. It is removable but strong enough to wear while eating.
Is Snap-On Smile Right for You?
Are you looking for an affordable cosmetic alternative to permanent dental work? Do you have many teeth that are chipped, cracked or missing? Then you’re a great candidate for a Snap-On Smile. Snap-On Smile gives you options you’ve never had before!
Even if you are considering a permanent cosmetic fix such as Veneers, Snap-On Smile allows you to take a test drive with your new smile before you’ve had the work completed.
It’s Easy as One, Two, Three!
You can get started with Snap-On Smile in three easy steps. First, we take in impression of your upper and lower teeth. Second, we help you select the preferred shape and shade of your new smile. Third, we send your fitted impressions to the lab where in as few as seven days you will have your new Snap-On Smile! No cementation or bonding is ever required!