Tooth colored fillings
Metal mouth is no-more! Whether we are taking out old silver filling material or filling a new cavity, we will be sure when we are all done, your teeth look like… teeth! We have a wide selection of tooth colored filling materials in different shade matches and translucencies. The correct placement of tooth-colored fillings is highly technique specific, and we are very, very good at it. Not only will your teeth look great, your new fillings will be properly contoured to promote gum health, they will not collect food, and they will be fully sealed to insure maximum longevity and to avoid sensitivity after they are done.
If you are pretty happy with your teeth, but just wish they weren’t so yellow (or grey, or brown), getting them whitened may just be what you are looking for. We take professional, custom impressions of your mouth and we fabricate clear, thin, flexible custom-molded “trays” that fit right over your teeth you can wear when you’re awake or asleep. It’s like slippers for your teeth.
You return to the office in a few hours or the next day (or whenever you want to) and we send you home with your new whitening trays and a special gel (you get a choice of flavors, and three different strengths are available). We even take digital photos of your teeth so we can compare later and see how much your teeth have whitened.
For most people, the results are absolutely delightful! All you need to do is wear the trays for about an hour or so in the evening, or just pop them in and go to sleep. You’ll likely see that your teeth are whiter after just one day, and after a week or two – you’ll probably be starting to dazzle! All of this for only $297.
Now that your teeth are nice and white, you can stop there. Or you may choose to continue on with another procedure to further enhance your smile. See below.
Let’s say you have a little space between your teeth you’ve always been a little self-conscious about. Or maybe a big space. Maybe one of your front teeth is rotated or tipped, or maybe it has a corner that got chipped off, or the edges are ragged and worn.
We can bond color and translucency-matched restorative directly to your teeth, and shape and polish it to look so natural, no one will know it’s there. Dr Henricksen is amazingly talented at this artistic skill. All for just a few hundred dollars and just one appointment.
If you have the edge of a tooth hanging down, sticking out, or somehow just not looking right, or even just some raggedy looking edges, sometimes the answer is oh-so-simple. No anesthetic needed, no sensation, no pain. Just shave off just a little bit of enamel (not too much) at just the right place, and voila! Magic! Ask us!
Do you want your teeth to be whiter, more even, less crooked, perhaps longer, or perhaps shorter, not worn, not chipped. Did we say whiter? If the problems with your front teeth can’t be corrected to your (or our) satisfaction using the above methods, and especially if the treatment solution involves multiple teeth, porcelain veneers might just be a wonderful option.
Porcelain veneers are crafted to our specifications for your teeth by our ceramist, then bonded in place on your front teeth.The process involves digital photos and an impression of your teeth for careful study, and a discussion with Dr Henricksen to determine what changes you want for your teeth.
Sometimes as an option, before we create the final veneers for your teeth, we create temporary veneers in wax, on special models of your teeth that we made from your impressions. Dr Henricksen then uses a process to transfer the desired shape of the veneers into life like acrylic veneers that temporarily adhere to your teeth. You can try smiling, speaking and looking at the veneers to make sure we got them just right. You can even wear them home for a day. Once you are happy with the look of the acrylic veneers, we proceed with the final veneers.
Often a thin layer of enamel is removed, a new impression is made, and the new veneers are created in porcelain (durable, smooth, and strong), and bonded on to your front teeth.
Porcelain veneers are strong, usually very durable, and beautiful, and when used in the right circumstances, can create a bright and attractive smile that can be thrilling, and even life changing.
Usually, if we see teeth that are crowded or crooked, we see teeth that are unevenly worn. If the crowding is not too severe, many times the appearance can be dramatically improved using bonding or veneers (see above). However, if the teeth are too crowded, or too much wear has occurred, orthodontic treatment is required.
We think orthodontic treatment for adults is a great thing. Lots of patients have had adult orthodontic treatment (even Dr. Henricksen). Whether it’s done with an Invisalign process or with attached brackets, the treatment is typically easier than people anticipate, and the results are worth it.