Today’s dentistry offers many options for enhancing the appearance of your smile. Dr. Williams and his team are highly skilled in the various techniques that provide you with a natural looking smile that feels wonderful.
If you are unhappy with your smile, we may recommend one of these techniques, or a combination of them, to help you achieve a durable, beautiful smile.
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Porcelain Veneers
- Crowns, Onlays and Inlays
We use Invisalign® to straighten your teeth with a series of invisible, custom-molded aligners. Dr. Williams has used Invisalign® to successfully treat crowding or excess spacing of teeth. Invisalign® can also be used to treat more complex cases such as overbites, underbites, and even crossbites.
Traditional braces are also an option for treatment in our office.
Non-silver, non-mercury fillings match your natural tooth coloring. We use tooth-colored fillings in our office because they look natural and provide better protection for your teeth. They seal the teeth better, insulate against hot and cold better, and can be repaired more easily. Many people who are undergoing a cosmetic improvement on their front teeth elect to have dark silver fillings in their back teeth replaced with the bonded ceramic or resin fillings to provide a total cosmetic improvement.
Porcelain veneers are very thin sections of porcelain that adhere to your natural teeth to serve as a durable covering. They can be used to change the position, shape, size and color of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers can be an excellent solution for anyone with chipped, stained, discolored, unevenly spaced, or slightly crooked front teeth. They provide a completely improved and dazzling smile in just a few appointments.
In your pre-treatment visits, you and Dr. Williams will work together to determine the precise look that you want to achieve with the veneers. Placement of porcelain veneers usually involves just a few visits. You’ll also have a follow up visit or two for final adjustments and polishing. We’ll also review instructions for care of your new smile to ensure it lasts years and years, The look that will last.
Tooth whitening is safe, effective and long lasting. In our office we use Rembrandt Sapphire Light for in-office bleaching procedures, which can result as much as a 10-shade change in the color of your teeth in one visit with little or no discomfort.
If you are thinking of other cosmetic improvements, such as crowns, porcelain veneers, or just replacing old discolored fillings, it may be worth considering whitening your teeth first. Any restorations we make for you can be matched to the whitened teeth, to give an overall great result.
Dr. Williams can use bonding to correct small defects in your smile—gaps between teeth, spots, chips and discoloration and even fractures. Bonding materials are coated onto existing teeth to reshape and protect your teeth. Bonding allows you to achieve great improvements in just one visit, without the need for any numbing.
Crowns, Onlays and Inlays
A Crown is a shell that covers the tooth above the gum to restore its appearance and function. A crown may be a good choice if you're self-conscious about your smile due to cracked, broken, decayed or worn teeth. A crown is the most durable, strongest, longest-lasting way to restore a front or back tooth with extensive damage.
Dr. Williams can use crowns to bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile. Crowns can also be used to correct bite problems, close spaces between teeth, change the angle of teeth, and replace missing teeth permanently, as part of a fixed nonremovable bridge, or over an implant (a replacement for a tooth root).
If more than half of your tooth’s biting surface has been damaged by decay, and you don’t have enough tooth structure left to support a traditional filling, Dr. Williams may recommend restoring your tooth with an onlay or inlay. Inlays are similar in size to standard fillings, and fit within the cusps (bumps) of your tooth; onlays are larger, and may cover one or more cusps.
Onlays and inlays are made in a dental laboratory and then bonded to the tooth. They strengthen the tooth, rather than weaken it like traditional fillings.
With all the materials and techniques modern dentistry has to offer—composite materials and porcelain — crowns, onlays and inlays can be totally natural looking and long lasting.