“If you could wave a magic wand that would change your smile, what would happen?”
The answer to that question is unique to each person. Many people love their smile and would not change a thing. For those of you who are not happy with your smile, there are options available for you to consider. It may be as simple as simply reshaping a tooth or getting rid of jagged edges up to a smile makeover. Ask us how we can help you smile confidently!
“I’m an actor and I’ve been a patient of Dr. Tamura for almost 20 years. He is THE BEST dentist I’ve ever had in my life. My career has been up and down, in good times and hard times and though it all Dr. Tamura has been there for me. Over the years I had lost the confidence of my smile and recently Dr. Tamura gave me a long desired new grill and I’m so proud of my teeth! I can’t stop taking selfies! And the best part is I haven’t heard anyone saying, “Oh wow! You got new teeth!!!” My smile looks like it did when I was younger, only better! I’m so grateful to Dr. Tamura. He’s not only a kind, caring person who is a really good dentist bu also an artist who loves his work.”
An individual tooth can be restored with a crown if the tooth is restorable but is badly broken down, decayed and insufficient tooth structure remains to support a filling. Crowns are generally made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or zirconia. They are durable, beautiful and natural looking.
Bridges will restore a space or gap that is present when 1 or 2 teeth have been removed or are missing. An anchor tooth must be present on either side of the gap in order to place a bridge.
Tooth colored fillings can be placed to restore decayed and damaged teeth if sufficient tooth structure remains. The composite (tooth colored) materials are very aesthetic and durable. They can be matched to the shade of your tooth.
Beautiful, natural looking and long lasting Porcelain Veneers or Lumineers can give you the wonderful smile you have always wanted. With Lumineers, little or no tooth structure is removed but does depend on the individual case.
Lumineers is a patented Porcelain Veneer that can be made as thin as a contact lens and are translucent to look like your real teeth. In many cases no anesthesia is needed to prepare your case unless we are replacing old crowns or Veneers that were placed before. Veneers provide beauty and strength while preserving tooth structure and can correct a variety of cosmetic dental problems such as:
- tooth discoloration
- noticeable gaps
- permanent stains
- broken or misshapen teeth
A careful smile analysis is done first to determine if Porcelain Veneers or a combination of cosmetic procedures can correct and give you the smile you want. A new beautiful smile can be a life changing experience as I have seen with my patients.
Safe and effective teeth whitening (bleaching) can brighten discolored, stained and darkened natural teeth but will not change the shade of any existing crowns or fillings. A whiter smile will make you look younger. We recommend that patients bleach their teeth first and the replace any old, discolored fillings to match the new whiter shade of their teeth. Before bleaching can be done, the teeth need to be clean with any obvious surface stain removed and the gums healthy.
Whitening (bleaching) can be done one of three ways:
- In-office chairside whitening is the quickest way to whiten the teeth. It is done in one visit using a high concentration whitening (bleaching) gel.
- Home whitening (bleaching) with trays is done with custom trays or prefilled bleach trays. They are worn while at home from 15 minutes up to 1 hour.
- The combination of in-office treatment and home trays is the best way to whiten and maintain the new whiter shade. The trays can also be used after a cleaning for a quick touch up before going out.
Teeth can be cosmetically enhanced with bonding tooth colored composite filling material to a tooth without removing any tooth structure. This is a very conservative and effective procedure.
Sometimes a smile can be greatly improved with just reshaping and smoothing the enamel of teeth such as smoothing jagged, sharp or pointed edges and corners.
We work with implant specialists who surgically place the implants. Implants are generally made of titanium which is biocompatible with the body. The bone will actually grow and fuse to the implant. After healing, the implants are restored with crowns or bridges depending on the case. They will look and feel like your natural teeth and eliminate the need for removable dentures and partials that you may be currently wearing and dislike. Implants are the preferred method for restoring missing teeth when possible and will help maintain and preserve the bone in your jaw and cheeks. The preservation of bone will help support the facial structures and prevent wrinkles and collapse of the face. A great website for information regarding implants is www.missingteeth.org.
A complete denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces and restores teeth on either the upper or lower arch when all the teeth on the respective arch are extracted or missing. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and will support your cheek and facial structure. They will restore your smile and ability to chew.
A partial denture is made when some natural teeth remain. The partial will fill in the gaps created by the missing teeth and restore your bite. It prevents the remaining teeth from shifting and collapsing the bite and supports the cheek and facial structures.