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Improve Your Smile

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Our smile is one of our greatest attributes. It sets the tone in business and social settings. A smile can convey confidence, warmth, and happiness and can serve as the basis upon which friendship and business relationships are formed. Consistently, the "number one" attribute that people notice, when meeting for the first time, is your smile.

Don't settle for than less than you deserve — a world-class smile.

For some, that may be Hollywood-style perfection.
For others, it may be as simple as the confidence that comes with having brighter, whiter, straighter teeth. No matter how you define your "ideal smile" we can help you attain it.

Bonding

bonding

Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling "bonds" with your teeth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.

Tooth bonding can also be used for teeth fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonding fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.

Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and usually can be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell your doctor. The bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired in one visit.


Teeth Whitening

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Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours.

Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and regular cleanings at the dentist's office. However, if you decide you would like to go beyond regular care to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your options.

Finding the Best Treatment for You

Schedule a visit with your dentist to learn whether whitening procedures would be effective for you. Whiteners do not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish teeth will probably bleach well, brownish teeth may bleach less well, and grayish teeth may not bleach well at all. Likewise, whitening may not enhance your smile if you have had tooth-colored fillings or crowns. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you do have other options, such as porcelain veneers.

Tooth Whitening Treatments

  • Professional teeth whitening with your doctor
  • At-home whitening system
  • Whitening toothpaste
When selecting a whitener or any dental product, be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance — your assurance that a product has met ADA standards of safety and effectiveness.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening by your doctor is your best choice when you need immediate whitening results. This procedure is called chair-side bleaching and may require more than one office visit. Each visit may take from sixty to ninety minutes.

During chair-side bleaching, the dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent.

At-Home Whitening System

There are several types of products available for use at home which can either be dispensed by your doctor or purchased over the counter. They are generally teeth whitening trays (mouthguards), strips, or paint-on products.

Teeth Whitening Trays

These products contain peroxide(s) which actually bleach the tooth enamel. Carbamide peroxide is the bleaching agent and comes in several different concentrations (10%, 16%, and 22%). Peroxide-containing whiteners typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. Some products are used twice a day for 2 weeks, while others are intended for overnight use for 1-2 weeks. If you obtain the bleaching solution from your doctor's office, they can make a custom-fitted mouthguard for you that will fit your teeth precisely. Currently, only dentist-dispensed, home-use, 10% carbamide peroxide tray-applied gels carry the ADA Seal.

Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide bleaching on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The bleaching agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips into place to insure contact with all your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.

Paint-On Teeth Whitening

Paint-on teeth whitening allows you to apply a bleaching agent directly to your teeth without an appliance or strip. You simply "paint" the whitener onto the surface of clean, dry teeth and wait about 30 minutes while the paint turns to a dry film. To remove this film, you simply brush your teeth with a toothbrush. Paint-on whitening products require twice-daily applications to be effective. The duration of treatment will vary. An advantage in this process is that you can selectively paint individual teeth.

Teeth whitening can have minor side-effects and you should speak with your doctor if these become bothersome. For example, teeth can become sensitive during the period when you are using the bleaching solution. In most cases, this sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once the treatment is finished. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation, either from a tray that doesn't fit properly or from solution that may come in contact with the tissues. If you have concerns about such side effects, you should discuss them with the doctor.

Whitening Toothpaste

All toothpastes help remove surface stain from your teeth through the action of mild abrasives. "Whitening" toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth.

ZOOM!

This is the Power Whitening system used in our office. We have found it to be the most effective system available with treatment resulting in an average improvement of 8+ shades.

Whiter teeth, in about one hour. It's that simple. Years of yellowing as well as staining from virtually everything you eat, drink, and inhale are almost magically erased in the time it takes to get a haircut, manicure, or lunch.

During your treatment, you can relax, listen to music with our CD headset, watch your favorite DVD movie, or even nap. The proprietary gel and blue-light treatment will safely whiten your teeth to their optimal brightness.

Learn more about Zoom! on their web site at www.zoomnow.com.


Veneers

veneers

There's no reason to put up with gaps in your teeth or with teeth that are stained, discolored, badly shaped, chipped, or crooked. Today, a veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct nature's mistake or the results of an injury and help you have a beautiful smile. Veneers are a highly popular solution among dental patients because of their lifelike tooth appearance.

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain) designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your doctor will create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your doctor will remove a small amount of your tooth to make room for the veneer.

When placed, you'll be pleased to see that veneers look like your natural teeth and even resist staining. Though veneers are stain resistant, your doctor may recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your veneer.

Invisalign® Invisible braces

The "clear" choice for straighter, healthier teeth! For patients everywhere Invisalign means no wires, no pain, and no restrictions throughout their entire treatment. Dr. Marotta is a certified Invisalign dental provider.

Experience the benefits of Invisalign:

  1. Aligners are virtually invisible; friends and family members may never even notice you are wearing braces
  2. You can remove your Invisalign aligners for:
    • Eating - that's right, you can eat anything you want with Invisalign
    • Brushing and flossing
    • Special occasions
  3. There are no wires or brackets that will scratch your gums or need tightening
  4. Invisalign treatment can improve your overall oral health

No wires to get food stuck in, no wires for gums to get scratched and bleed, no wires that say "look at me!!"

Other cosmetic options include bonding and all-porcelain crowns.
You can choose white composite fillings if you prefer esthetic alternatives to mercury-silver fillings. All of these metal-free materials blend naturally, and perfectly, with your own smile.

If you're thinking, "I'm not exactly sure of the look I want, but I'll know it when I see it," we have good news! Through state-of-the-art computer imaging techniques we can allow you to preview your dream smile, complete with the changes and improvements you choose.

And don't worry, you're in good hands with Dr. Marotta and his team. Dr. Marotta has earned the prestigious Mastership Award of the Academy of General Dentistry and is a member of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Marotta and the entire staff attend frequent continuing education courses in the latest techniques and use only the finest materials and dental laboratories.

Learn more about Invisalign on their web site at www.invisalign.com.


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