You can look good and have a healthy smile. Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways cosmetic dentistry can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, stained or discolored teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth and having a “gummy” smile. Dr. Guilford creates a customized treatment plan for you to achieve your smile goals.
Your teeth undergo a tremendous amount of stress during your lifetime. Teeth may show this wear in a variety of ways, including discoloration, chipping and cracking. Crowns restore your teeth and smile to look brilliant once again. Porcelain crowns can be made out of porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain and can be shaded to match your teeth. Crowns made of precious metal (gold) are also an option. After some tooth preparation, crowns are specifically fitted to restore functionality and enhance the appearance of your smile. If you have pain when chewing or temperature sensitivity, ask Dr. Guilford if crowns are for you.
Sometimes gum disease, injury, decay or simply wear results in the loss of a tooth. A large gap in your smile can create significant problems for your dental health if it isn’t corrected. Over time your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to chew efficiently in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move about, moving into the gap and resulting in discomfort, pain and more problems down the road. Porcelain bridges “bridge the gap” in your smile. Dr. Guilford creates a lifelike, functional bridge to correct your smile, restore your bite and alleviate your discomfort. A porcelain bridge is created out of metal, alloys or porcelain and utilizes the teeth on both sides of the gap as its supportive structure. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth, or pontic, is fused between the crowns to fill the gap. A bridge is a semi-permanent dental restoration, meaning it can only be removed by a dentist, so you can rest assured that your porcelain bridge will be a lasting restoration to your oral health.
You can have the confidence that comes from a bright, white smile. If you are happy with the alignment and spacing of your teeth, a tooth whitening procedure may be all that separates you from a dazzling smile. Tooth whitening is safe, effective and long lasting. There are two main methods to get excellent results: a custom home tooth whitening kit or an in-the-office procedure.
Your custom home whitening kit involves a special tray that is customized to fit over your teeth. You also receive prescription whitening gel, which is inserted into the tray before you wear it. Dr. Guilford gives you detailed instructions about how long you should wear the tray each day and you should expect the entire home whitening process to take between two and four weeks, leaving you with a dazzling smile.
Imagine a whiter, more brilliant smile! Porcelain veneers are conservative cosmetic dentistry that makes a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth. If you have chipped teeth, crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth or dull or stained teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution for you. After minimal tooth preparation, Dr. Guilford will skillfully bond and shape thin films of porcelain to your teeth, creating a straight, brilliant smile that enhances your appearance and your self-esteem. You are only a couple of appointments away from having the smile you have always wanted!
Bonding is a tooth-colored material applied and adhered to the surface of the tooth without reducing the structure of the tooth in most cases. Then, Dr. Guilford will sculpt the material to create a natural-looking tooth. Bonding corrects chipped and broken teeth, discolored teeth and in some cases can correct gaps. It is less expensive than veneers but doesn’t last as long and can stain. A benefit of bonding is that generally, the natural structure of the tooth can be maintained.
Do you see a lot of your gum tissue when you smile? Many people with “gummy” smiles do not know that there are treatments available to cosmetically enhance the look of your gums. Dr. Guilford can re-contour the appearance of your gum tissue. With the addition of beautiful porcelain veneers, your gummy smile disappears, revealing a bright, youthful smile that looks natural and proportioned. The entire process takes just a few visits and because of advancements in cosmetic techniques, your comfort is assured.
Clear aligners like Invisalign® have grown in popularity recently because people want to look good while having orthodontic treatment done. Invisalign gives you another more aesthetic option to straightening your teeth. No more metal brackets and braces!
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment protocol that relies on custom-fit plastic trays called aligners to shift teeth into their ideal positions. These aligners can be used to correct the vast majority of the issues addressed by conventional metal braces, including underbites, overbites, and crossbites.
Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces. Invisalign treatment allows you to view your virtual treatment plan when you begin so you can observe how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
How long does treatment take?
You will be required to wear each set of aligners for 1-2 weeks, taking them off just to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you substitute each aligner with the next in the series, your dentition will shift — bit by bit, month by month — until they have straightened to their final positions. You'll visit our dental office about once every 3-6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. When you total it up, the treatment time averages 9 to 14 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 19 and 29 months, but both will vary from case to case.
- Aligner trays made of very comfortable, BPA-free and smooth, transparent plastics.
- Your dental provider can use radiographs, pictures, and impressions to create an accurate 3-D image of your teeth and to configure your aligner trays accordingly.
- No metal brackets or hardware on the teeth
- You can brush and care for your teeth as normal
- Virtually clear/invisible braces
- Ability to eat all foods, no restrictions
How does Invisalign® treatment work?
Treatment begins with a series of impressions and measurements which are sent to the lab where the aligners will be made. The impressions, or molds, and measurements are fed into a computer which recreates 3D models that acts as a visual aid on how the teeth need to move over time to come into alignment. These models serve as the basis for the dental aligners. The number of models – and the number of aligners – varies from patient to patient. During the duration of treatment, each aligner will be worn for about two weeks before being “traded in” for the next aligner in the series. Changing aligners every 1-2 weeks helps to keep teeth moving in the right direction. Office visits take place about every 3-6 weeks, and most procedures can be completed within two years or less – sometimes even less than a year.
Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, but they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires, which means you require less time to be spent in your doctor's office getting adjustments. Invisalign treatment also allows you to view your virtual treatment plan when you begin so you can observe how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
How do I care for my teeth when wearing Invisalign retainers?
Oral care is much easier with Invisalign vs traditional braces as it can be removed to brush and floss. It's also easier to eat because you have to remove them to eat or drink anything but water.
Is Invisalign® right for me?
Invisalign® is right for most adults who desire to have straighter teeth and a brighter smile. They are virtually invisible, are comfortable to wear, and offer the convenience and flexibility not found with other types of braces. And, just like traditional braces, Invisalign® treats many dental issues, including the following:
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Spaced teeth
- Scissors Bite
If you think you might be interested in Invisalign as a way to straighten your teeth and give you a beautiful smile you have always wanted, please schedule your consultation with Dr. Guilford. He will evaluate your overall smile and provide you with your options.
What is the Cost of Treatment?
Orthodontic treatment using Invisalign is customized for each and every client. Because of this, the cost of Invisalign varies with each patient’s treatment plan.
Dr. Guilford is a certified Invisalign provider and can provide a consultation and evaluation offer consultation to determine if Invisalign will correct your dental issues. Following his assessment, Dr. Guilford will answer all of your questions including those about prices, payment, and financing options. Our team is here to help you determine whether your dental insurance will cover the costs associated with Invisalign and will even file claims on your behalf.
Scheduling a consultation and evaluation is the best way to learn if Invisalign is the best choice for specific alignment issues.