Tooth Colored Composite Fillings
When a cavity forms in a tooth, a filling can be placed to restore it. After removing the cavity or decayed tooth structure, a tooth colored (composite) material is placed to fill the space and restore the shape and function of the tooth.
Many people have silver amalgam fillings that have been in service for many years, maybe even decades! Dr Monteiro is conservative in managing these old fillings-if they are holding up well, she does not recommend replacing them. She will evaluate these older fillings routinely to determine when replacement is necessary. The most common reason to replace an older amalgam filling is when the margins (where the filling meets the tooth) starts to break down, or when decay has formed around the old filling.
Porcelain veneers are a beautiful option to enhance your smile. Through veneers, we can correct the shape, alignment, and spacing of teeth, restore a youthful appearance to a worn smile, and whiten teeth that won’t respond to bleaching. Porcelain is stain resistant, and today’s materials are stronger than ever. By working with the best dental lab technicians, Dr. Monteiro can help you achieve the beautiful, natural smile you always dreamed of.
Bonding is the process of using tooth colored composite to repair small chips and fractures on front teeth, as well as to close spaces between front teeth with diastemas, or gaps, in between. Oftentimes, this can be done without having to numb the teeth or gums. Bonding can create an instant and dramatic improvement in your smile.
Metal Free Restorations
For the best cosmetic results, metal-free restorations can be used for most of your dental needs. From tooth colored composite fillings and porcelain crowns and bridges to flexible acrylic partials, a metal-free cosmetic option is sure to make you smile!
If you want to straighten your teeth and enhance your smile with orthodontics but don’t want to wear traditional metal braces for years, clear orthodontic aligners might be for you. Through a series of removable aligners, we can correct crooked teeth, gaps, and malocclusions. This will not only improve the appearance of your smile but can also improve gum health, lessen chance of cavities, and decrease occlusal wear.
For the fastest and most dramatic whitening, an in-office treatment is your best option. The strength of the whitening agent is very strong, so we take care to protect your lips, cheeks, and gums during the procedure. While we let the whitening agent work, you can lay back and watch a movie on the overhead TV, or just close your eyes and relax! You can expect your teeth to whiten several shades by the end of the appointment. Results last 4 months to 1 year, depending on diet and home care.
If you prefer to whiten your teeth from the comfort of you own home, or if you can’t tolerate in office whitening due to highly sensitive teeth, take home whitening may be for you. It is also a great option for maintaining your new shade after an in-office treatment. We have several options available, from custom trays and whitening gel, to pre-filled trays that fit to your teeth. All of our take-home whitening kits are prescription strength, much stronger than what you can buy over-the-counter, giving you better and faster results.