AT PHIPPS DENTAL PRACTICE
AT PHIPPS DENTAL PRACTICE
You can look good and have a healthy smile! Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways that cosmetic dentistry can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth; spaces between your teeth; stained or discolored teeth; chipped, broken, or missing teeth; and, “gummy” smiles. Dr. Phipps creates a customized treatment plan just for you, based on your age, your goals, and your financial comfort level.
Imagine a whiter, more brilliant smile! Porcelain veneers are a conservative, cosmetic dentistry approach that makes a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth. If you have chipped teeth, crooked teeth, gaps in teeth, or dull, stained teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution for you. Dr. Phipps will skillfully bond and shape thin strips of porcelain to your teeth, creating a straight, brilliant smile that enhances both your appearance and your self-esteem.
Opalescence® ― At-Home Tooth Whitening
You may be quite happy with the size and alignment of your teeth, but dentist-supervised tooth whitening gives you the dazzling smile you always wanted. Tooth whitening is safe, effective, and long-lasting. At Phipps Dental Practice, Dr. Phipps trusts the Opalescence tooth whitening system.
Your Opalescence® home-whitening kit includes a special tray that is customized to fit over your teeth, as well as powerful, prescription-strength whitening gel, which is inserted into the tray before you wear it. Dr. Phipps gives you detailed instructions about how long you should wear the tray each day, and the gel will not transfer to your gums. Opalescence can provide results after just one night, and within a week you can expect a dramatic improvement, leaving you with a bright, white smile.
When teeth are missing, your smile undergoes significant changes. Missing teeth can cause you to chew differently and may also cause mouth pain. And, as your remaining teeth work to compensate for the loss, gaps and spaces form that only make the situation worse. A porcelain bridge, custom designed by Dr. Phipps, keeps your smile aligned and your bite functional. Bridges are anchored to existing teeth on either side of the missing tooth. They are semi-permanent (meaning they can only be affixed or removed by a dentist) and are a long-term restorative solution to your damaged smile.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Phipps Dental Practice uses a tooth-like crown made of porcelain to restore your tooth after the decay has been removed. Crowns are also used to restore chipped teeth, broken teeth, gaps in teeth, and other damage. Also called “caps,” porcelain crowns mimic natural-looking teeth in both shape and color.
Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth? If so, you may be a good candidate for composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. However, with new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a longer-lasting, brighter, whiter smile.
You can straighten your teeth without metal braces. Invisalign® is an FDA-approved system that uses clear, removable aligners to incrementally straighten your teeth. There are no uncomfortable brackets or wires, and because you remove the aligners to eat and drink, there are no food restrictions or problems with brushing or flossing.
Invisalign® uses 3D computer imaging to map out your entire treatment plan in advance, allowing you to see what your straightened teeth will look like even before you begin treatment. Then, using the imaging, a series of custom aligners are created that will incrementally move your teeth. You will replace each aligner every two weeks with the next aligner in the sequence. Average treatment time from the initial teeth position to a brilliant, straight smile ranges from 9-15 months. The best part is, most people will never even notice that you are undergoing treatment!
Quit relying on the use of small mirrors and flashlights or on pulling back your tender cheek to get a better look at your teeth! With an intraoral camera, you can see exactly what your dentist sees during treatment planning and dental procedures.
Understanding the unique composition of your smile is vital to a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Enjoy the latest digital X-ray technology at Phipps Dental Practice ― Cone Beam 3D Imaging.