The first thing most people notice about you is your smile. We offer a variety of advanced techniques to create the smile of your dreams. We provide either conservative refurbishing or a complete smile makeover. According to the Surgeon General’s Department of Health and Human Services Oral Health in America report completed and released in 2000, “An attractive smile and healthy looking teeth reflect well being and quality of life for the majority of people”. Many other studies offer compelling evidence that a great smile has a positive impact on how you’re perceived by others; it allows you to project a confident and friendly persona. While stained and darkened teeth may make you look much older than you are, a bright well shaped smile and beautiful white teeth can give you a youthful appearance. Please read on to learn how we can give you the smile you deserve with proven and effective treatment options. If you’re not happy with your teeth and your smile, you owe it to yourself to learn more.
At All Smiles we offer several treatment options that go beyond our focus on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing, and treating oral disease. Many of these treatments generally fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry. Below, you’ll find a list of cosmetic treatment available at All Smiles dentists or our preferred specialists and a brief explanation of each treatment.
Teeth whitening is by far the most common cosmetic dental procedure recommended. Discolored teeth are often the result of food and drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine. They can be caused by tobacco products, or may just occur as a result of poor overall oral hygiene. Antibiotics like tetracycline can also cause discoloration.
Is it normal for my teeth to not be perfectly white?
Yes! It is quite normal for people’s teeth to take on a dark or dingy coloration as they age. Many people’s teeth simply have a more yellow, brown, or grey natural baseline color due to genetic factors. Bleaching (whitening) can go a long way towards enhancing your appearance, ensuring you make a very positive impression every time you smile.
All Smiles offers an at-home doctor recommended and prepared professional teeth whitening system. Call to learn how an All Smiles Family Dental Center dentist can create your whitest smile in at 1-800-377-2339.
Dental bonding is a tooth restoration procedure that can repair or correct the appearance of a number of problems, such as a broken or chipped tooth, or a tooth that is discolored. In the case of tooth decay, composite material that looks like enamel and dentin is applied to cavities, shaped and contoured, and then the material is hardened by high-intensity light. Unlike the silver coloration of dental amalgam fillings, the dental composite material blends with the rest of your healthy teeth to restore a beautiful smile.
Our Vermont patients appreciate the natural look and feel of the composite material. Generally speaking, as compared to a dental amalgam filling, the dental composite filling’s size and shape tend to be smaller. Your All Smiles dentist may recommend a composite filling, not only for appearance, but also in an effort to maintain as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. The amount of cavity restoration preparation is minimized when composite is placed.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
Made from porcelain, gold, or other composite materials, dental inlays and onlays are often recommended when direct restoration of the tooth with amalgam or composite would likely compromise tooth structure, or not provide adequate opposing biting force.
Unlike dental fillings that are molded within your mouth, inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab, then fitted and bonded into place with an adhesive by your All Smiles dentist. This indirect method of filling a cavity will cost more than direct fillings, but the list of benefits is substantial: porcelain benefits include greater resistance to occlusal or biting forces, proper contouring for gum health and the prevention of gingivitis, ease of cleaning, and most importantly, greater protection from recurrent decay with superior marginal integrity. Aside from the cosmetic benefits of this treatment, some Vermont patients request dental inlays and/or dental onlays even when amalgam or composite filling would be satisfactory because of these extensive advantages.
Our Vermont practice uses crowns when more conservative options to restore functionality or appearance to a tooth have been discussed with you and are deemed unsatisfactory. Your All Smiles dentist most often uses dental crowns to protect a cracked tooth or restore a tooth with excessive decay or damage.
A dental crown, or “cap” as it is also known, is a common restorative dental procedure that utilizes a custom tooth-like encasement designed from sturdy long lasting materials such as, ceramics, porcelain, or gold, and it is bonded to your remaining tooth structure with dental cement.
Dental veneers are a more conservative alternative to crowns (caps), and they can give you the smile you have always dreamed of and deserve. Dental veneers are often the conservative cosmetic treatment of choice to correct and/or repair chips or cracks, reduce gaps in your teeth by minimizing the excessive amount of space visible between teeth, or to address the poor appearance of teeth with excess wear or severe tooth discoloration if teeth whitening has not been successful for you.
You’ve probably heard of wood veneer on furniture, yes? Well, a dental veneer is pretty much the same idea. With a dental veneer, a thin layer of composite or dental porcelain material is used to fabricate a facing that instantly changes the color and shape of your teeth and appears like a natural looking, healthy and beautiful tooth. The veneer is placed over your existing tooth’s surface once your tooth is prepared and bonded with a resin cement. Composite veneers are built up in your mouth or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a laboratory, while a porcelain veneer is always created indirectly in a lab. At All Smiles Family Dental Center, we offer dental veneers to our central Vermont patients, and they are always very pleased with the attractive results
A dental implant is simply a small, yet resilient, titanium post that actually fuses to your jawbone and acts as a root replacement. They are a type of prosthetic dentistry used for the replacement of a complete tooth when a patient suffers tooth loss. Dental implants can be used for single or multiple tooth replacement.
An advantage of dental implants is that they offer the look and feel of natural teeth. They are perfect for replacing a single tooth, as they don’t rely on or affect adjacent teeth, and there is none of the grinding or crowning of your natural teeth that happens when bridges are utilized. Poor fitting dentures are a common reason new patients come to us to consider implants. They may have difficulty chewing or are just afraid of loosing their dentures while talking or dining out. Most denture patients treated with dental implants experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food, and they report that the implants are far more comfortable than traditional dentures and well worth the added investment.
With an All Smiles makeover assessment, we will make a comprehensive esthetics analysis to determine what treatment options we recommend in order to improve your smile’s overall appearance. We will carefully take into consideration what you like and dislike about your teeth and smile. Issues like cracked, chipped, or uneven teeth, missing teeth, crooked teeth, overlapping and gaps, as well as tooth color can all be addressed. Typically, one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening, dental veneers, implants, or gingival sculpting may be required for several teeth in both the upper and lower arches in order to achieve the look you want. It all starts with a comprehensive and detailed oral exam. Your All Smiles Family Dental Center dentist, and perhaps other specialists and lab technicians, will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is likely to include cosmetic, orthodontic, and restorative treatments depending on your goals and needs. We’ve given many Vermont patients the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted.
Give us a call today to schedule your smile makeover!
Full Mouth Reconstruction
The first question our Vermont patients often ask about full mouth reconstruction is how it differs from a smile makeover. It is an excellent and fundamental question. The answer is quite simple: A smile makeover is a series of treatments you elect to have implemented in order to improve the aesthetic appeal of your smile, while a full mouth restoration involves dental treatments like braces to move your teeth into the proper position, dental implants, or any number of other restorative treatment options to correct functional issues with your bite, muscles, teeth and bone structure. Your All Smiles Family Dental Center dentist, in consultation with other specialists if required, will determine what procedures are necessary to provide you with truly functional, natural appearing, and clinically sound treatments.