Experts in Aesthetic Dentistry
At Burns Family Dentistry, we have combined experience of over 40+ years in cosmetic dentistry. We pride ourselves in our ability to treat even difficult patients with great results. We combine our knowledge in dental sciences with our trained skills and advanced technology to provide you with the cosmetic procedure you need to give you your perfect smile. No matter the service you’re getting, we treatment plan your case from the surgery to the delivery and we always provide follow-up care. While other dental offices may refer you to out of their office for parts of a procedure, we do business in-house. This ensures that there is no disconnect, so you’ll never get an ill-fitting or uncomfortable product.
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the front (visible area) of the teeth, changing the shape and color, to perfect the smile. Veneers are usually only applied to the part of the tooth that is visible when talking or smiling. This can be accomplished by either placing composite resin on the teeth chairside, often referred to as bonding, or by placing thin porcelain facings on the teeth.
How It Works:
Using the bonding technique we can transform your teeth in just over an hour to the smile you’ve always wanted and it is very affordable! This is one of Dr. Prestons’s favorite techniques because “I can change someone’s smile right before their eyes!” We prepare the teeth with minimal grinding to adjust the shape or just to roughen the surface, sometimes without any shots. We pick a tooth shade or combination of shades and the composite resin is added like a putty, shaped and cured with a bright light. It is then polished to a beautiful luster and you are ready to smile! Composite resin can last 10 years or more and can easily be removed, repaired and replaced.
Porcelain veneers are more expensive to do, but are very beautiful and can last 20 years or more. They usually involve two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In a few days or weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic and are very aesthetic. In some cases, veneers can be created using CEREC cad/cam technology and be done in the office in a few hours. It is an investment in yourself and can transform your smile and bring out a new happier, more confident you! We are happy to also offer Lumineers, a brand of porcelain veneers that works as a painless way to a permanently whiter and perfectly aligned smile. We can apply these contact lens-thin ‘smile shapers’ to teeth without any grinding or shaving, transforming teeth into a naturally beautiful smile.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Crowns are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
A full denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile! A full denture is used to restore your smile and mouth function if all your teeth have been lost or need removal. The dentures are custom created to resemble natural teeth and are positioned to take the place of natural teeth. Complete dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth. If your denture was placed at the time of your extractions (immediate dentures) then your denture may loosen over time as the tissue underneath heals. We recommend implant retention of any denture and will often use a CBCT scan, done in our office, to assist with any treatment planning so that you have all options available.
While other dental offices do not remove excess bone (alveoplasty) when they remove your teeth, resulting in sharp areas under your denture causing excruciating pain; at our office, we do the alveoplasty surgery and fit your dentures ourselves. We use only the highest quality materials in your denture. Many times we can have a new denture placed in just over a week!
A removable partial denture is a device used when one or more natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. They usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored acrylic and metal base which is held in place in the mouth using clasps on the remaining teeth. We also offer partial dentures that are metal-free using Flexite or other materials. These are lightweight, natural-looking, thin and practically unbreakable. Both types have their pros and cons, so ask us which one is right for you.
New dentures and partials may feel awkward or loose for the first few weeks until the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place and you are comfortable eating and speaking. Although this may require some practice you will adjust and enjoy the benefits a full mouth of teeth can provide.