Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide variety of treatment options for people seeking to improve their smile. We can correct pre-existing conditions, such as crooked teeth; or if it’s shape, size, or color of your teeth that bothers you, we can fix that too!

If you want to look younger, cosmetic dentistry is like a dental facelift that can reverse the natural aging process of your teeth.

Cosmetic dental treatment options include porcelain crowns, veneers, bonding, dental implants and whitening teeth.

All porcelain crowns are the most aesthetic, natural-looking teeth available – perfect in color, shape and clarity.  These truly elite tooth restorations are beautifully translucent and made with the finest materials available.

Procera Elite 2000
Procera Elite 2000

All porcelain crowns such as the Procera Elite 2000 porcelain system allow us to produce restorations with more vitality, depth and greater overall beauty.  All porcelain crowns can hardly be distinguished from natural teeth.  They do not contain metal, and they have a very natural appearance under all light conditions.

What are All-Porcelain Dental Crowns?

All porcelain dental crowns are the most aesthetic, natural-looking teeth available-perfect in color, shape and clarity.  These truly elite tooth restorations are beautifully translucent and made with the finest materials and most sophisticated reproduction processes in the world.  All porcelain crowns can hardly be distinguished from natural teeth, no metal shows, and they have a natural appearance under all light conditions.

Though more expensive, all porcelain dental crowns are technique sensitive and firmly established as a true alternative to earlier metal crowns.

Not sure whether all porcelain dental crowns can help you to a great new smile?  Call our office at (732)269-8555 for Bayville or (609)978-7440 for Manahawkin to schedule a consultation.

Veneers, also known as laminates, are thin shells that cover the front of the teeth.

Using ultra-thin porcelain veneers, we can change the size, shape and color of your teeth
in just a few appointments.

da Vinci Veneers as seen on The Swan and Extreme Makeover

What happens during the da Vinci Porcelain Veneers™ restorative procedure?
In most cases, patients need three appointments for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.

Diagnosis and treatment planning: It’s critical that you take an active role in the smile design. Spend time in the decision-making and planning of your smile. Ask questions and understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. If necessary, have more than one consultation to feel comfortable that your dentist understands your objectives.

Preparation of teeth: This appointment will take from one to two hours. To prepare the teeth for your da Vinci Veneers™, your teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. At this appointment, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent to a da Vinci certified dental lab for the fabrication of the veneers. This should take no longer than two weeks for your new smile to be created. In most cases your dentist will fit you with a temporary smile during the fabrication of your new da Vinci Veneers.

Bonding of your da Vinci Veneers: This appointment will take about one or two hours. First, the dentist places the veneers with water or glycerin on the teeth to check their fit and get a true sense of their shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, make sure you view the aesthetic results and pay particular attention to the color. At this point, the color of the da Vinci Veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used.

The color cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. To apply your da Vinci Veneers, your teeth are cleaned with specific dental cleansers to achieve a firm and permanent bond. Then special cements are sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam initiates the release of a catalyst to harden the cement and your new smile is in place.

Cosmetic dentistry offers many restorative materials other than silver amalgam.  Ceramic materials provide strong, aesthetic, wear resistant restorations.  Cosmetic bonding fills gaps between teeth and restores chipped or broken teeth.
Implants are the perfect solution for people with missing teeth.  Dental implants are now an alternative to traditional (removable) bridges or dentures, because they anchor dentures, bridges and crowns firmly in place.

Before dental implants, we were limited in how we were able to replace missing teeth.  Options included fixed bridges, which often required the reduction of adjacent teeth to replace a missing tooth, or removable dentures.  Implant dentistry allows us to replace individual teeth, without altering adjacent natural teeth.  Dental implants help retain jawbone and anchor dentures, bridges and crowns firmly in place!

A dental implant is a small “anchor.”  It is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root.  A prosthetic replacement tooth is then secured to the top of the implant.  Dental implants offer a more permanent solution for replacing lost teeth.

How do Dental Implants Work?

A dental implant is like an artificial tooth root that takes over the function of a real root.  When a natural root is lost, it can be replaced with a dental implant.  The implants are usually made of titanium.  They are very durable and are well accepted by the human body.  Dental implants are becoming a popular alternative to traditional, removable bridges and dentures.  After dental implants are placed and the jawbone has healed, permanent teeth can be built on top of them.  For example, a crown or bridge.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

More healthful & beautiful:  When teeth are missing, the surrounding bone begins to shrink.  This unhealthy bone loss can make your jaw line recede.  Implant dentistry can help deterioration of the jawbone caused by loss of teeth, so your face retains its natural shape.

More Comfortable:  Because dental implants are securely anchored, there is no slipping or movement as there is with dentures.  This eliminates some of the key worries of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation, and pain from exposed nerves.

More Confident:  With dental implants, you will never need to cover your mouth when laughing, smiling, or speaking.  You can eat your favorite foods without pain or fear of embarrassment.  You will look better, feel better, and live more confidently.

Whitening is probably the most well-known treatment in cosmetic dentistry. Whitening, also known as bleaching, is done to lighten teeth that are stained or discolored. We offer both at-home and in-office tooth whitening.

BOOST! Tooth Whitening

The BOOST! In-Office Whitening System is one of the most effective tooth whitening systems available. BOOST! is safe, fast and convenient. This procedure uses a combination of lighting and hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth – by six to 10 shades- in one office visit.

Whiter Teeth in about an Hour!

The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe, effective and fast, very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. BOOST! In-Office Whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of BOOST! in comparison to days of wearing trays and gradual whitening makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.

Get Ready to BOOST!

The BOOST treatment involves using a hydrogen peroxide gel & ultraviolet light in conjunction with each other to produce maximum whitening results in the shortest possible time. In most cases, you will be exposed to the light for 2 – 20 minute sessions. At the end of the procedure, you will be supplied with fluoride trays for possible sensitivity. As an extra BOOST, you will be provided with a supply of Opalescence take home bleach trays to assist you in your home maintenance.