PERFECTING SMILES

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Smile Design/Porcelain Veneers

When designing your ideal smile we can assure you that your concerns will be included in every step of the process. Porcelain veneers are a beautiful way to correct discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned teeth. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth.

There are many benefits and advantages to having porcelain veneers placed on your teeth. One of the greatest advantages is that only a small amount of tooth structure is removed during the procedure resulting in a healthy "natural" look with little or no discomfort during the procedure.

Dr. Arias can provide you with the bright, straight, and natural looking smile you have always desired.

Tooth-colored Fillings

Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Composites can also be "bonded" or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns (or caps) are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore form and function. A bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. One type of bridge consists of crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to connect the replacement tooth or teeth to them. Another type of bridge consists of the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-like appendages. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants.

Natural-looking crowns and bridges can be an ideal solution to replace or support missing or damaged teeth. Thanks to Aria's state-of-the-art equipment, these procedures are much simpler and the results are much more aesthetically pleasing than ever before.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are indirect dental restorations that reinforce an existing tooth that is too damaged to support a filling, but not damaged enough to require a crown. Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings because unlike a standard filling, both are made in a laboratory and cemented or bonded to the surface of the tooth during a second visit. Unlike standard fillings, inlays and onlays do not weaken the tooth structure, but actually strengthen it. After the procedure, the tooth can bear up to 50 to 75% more chewing force.

Because both are fabricated in a dental laboratory, it usually takes two or more appointments to restore a tooth with a porcelain inlay or onlay.

Bonding

Bonding involves the direct application of tooth-colored composite resin while filling decayed teeth and is typically used to create a more attractive smile.

Bonding can be employed to change the size or shape of your teeth, creating a smile that appears more symmetrical and space free. This single-visit procedure provides a fast solution for a more attractive smile and may eliminate the need for orthodontic treatment in some cases.

Tooth stains and discolorations that resist professional tooth whitening procedures may also be masked by bonding. Although bonding may not be as long lasting as porcelain veneers or crowns, it can last for a number of years with proper care.

Teeth Whitening

Coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine, antibiotics and age can all darken teeth. Patients can choose from two routes to whiter teeth: at-home whitening or in-office whitening.

· At-home bleaching kits use carbamide peroxide solutions to oxidize and bleach your teeth. Dr. Arias will create customized trays for your mouth based on plaster molds of your teeth. Place the solution in these trays, then hold the tray in your mouth for the amount of time specified by your dentist. He will determine a duration of treatment. In a few weeks, you will return for a follow-up appointment.

· In-office bleaching (also called chair side, light-activated or one-hour bleaching) uses hydrogen peroxide gels and a heat or light source, these treatments lighten your teeth by six to eight shades in one to three visits, and sometimes less. The light source can be a plasma arc lamp or a laser. The dentist applies the gel to your teeth, then shines the light source, quickening the work of the gel. When a lamp is used, three twenty-minute gel applications are required. When a laser is used, the dentist treats each tooth individually.

Comprehensive Approach

Dr. Arias and his entire team believe that caring for your smile is one of the most important factors in promoting good health. Your overall dental health and wellness are always the top priority.

Dr. Arias and his team complete numerous advanced training courses each year to deliver the most innovative and comfortable care solutions available. Whether you are scheduling your next cleaning or need more complex treatment you can rest assured that our dental care team will provide you with the very best that dentistry has to offer.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a safe and comfortable way of receiving the dental treatment you need. Using a variety of techniques, we help our patients relax before and during their dental procedures so that they come away feeling more at ease with the notion of in-office oral care.

Preventive Care

Oral health means more than just an attractive smile. Poor oral health and untreated oral diseases and conditions can have a significant impact on quality of life. And in many cases, the condition of the mouth mirrors the condition of the body as a whole. Recent reports indicate a relationship between periodontal (gum) disease and stroke, heart disease, and pre-term low-birth-weight babies. Likewise, more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations, meaning we may be the first health care provider to diagnose a health problem.