|Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Dentistry is the art and science of beautiful smiles.
A beautiful smile could change your entire outlook by changing
the way you feel about your appearance. Healthy,
beautiful teeth can take years off your appearance, giving
you a more
youthful, exhuberant look.
fact, in a recent survey done by the American Academy of
Cosmetic Dentistry, 92 percent of those surveyed believe
that an attractive smile is an important social asset and
can actually increase your chances for career success.
Ivey will treat you as a unique individual by customizing a solution
that will give you a natural-looking, attractive smile that will
last a lifetime.
A veneer is a thin porcelain shell that is bonded to the surface
of a tooth, generally covering only its front and top. Veneers
are often used to close spaces between your teeth, lengthen
small or misshapen teeth, cover dark or stained teeth, improve
the smile-line and even eliminate wrinkles from the upper
lip by adding fullness. Veneers can also protect teeth that
are chipped or beginning to wear.
procedure takes two appointments. During the first
appointment, your teeth are prepared and shaped. Impressions
are taken and provide precise working models of your teeth.
The veneers are crafted by a quality lab using the models
taken so they will be an exact fit.
A temporary tooth (or teeth) is made until your new veneers
your second dental visit, your prepared teeth are cleaned
and polished. A strong adhesive is used to bond the veneers
to your teeth, and a high-intensity light hardens the
in place, the veneers are strong, permanent, and virtually
part of your teeth. The final result is a beautiful,
natural-looking smile. Back to top
time, your teeth will inevitably begin to yellow or become
discolored. This gradual change can be caused simply from
the aging process, or from substances that stain your teeth,
such as tea, coffee, tobacco, or nerve deterioration. We offer
several procedures to help brighten your smile. Both the in-office
whitening or at-home bleaching system are relatively simple
and completely safe.
office procedure - Dr. Ivey offers the Rembrandt
Sapphire System, the safest, fastest, and most comfortable
power light bleaching procedure available today. During your
whitening visit, you can simply relax and enjoy a selection
from our DVD collection. The unique power light can bleach
all teeth at once, or one tooth at a time, concentrating on
super-stained teeth. This flexibility provides superior, uniformly
white results that last. And the results are stunning and
| Teeth Whitening
Bleaching Process - The
take-home bleaching process is simple. All you need is one,
short appointment to have an impression made of your teeth.
Soft, clear plastic cleaning trays are custom-made from the
impressions to fit snugly over the teeth and ready for you
in about a week.
you receive your trays and solution, you will need to repeat
the regimen every day for two weeks. Bleaching solution is
injected into the trays which are worn on the teeth for about
two hours twice a day. Whitening is gradual and can be repeated
every several months. Back to top.
often referred to as caps, are used to repair or replace broken
or worn teeth. Crowns are often used in cosmetic dentistry
to restore or help improve the look of your teeth. For single
crowns, Dr. Ivey uses a non-metal, or porcelain crown using
the Procera AlCeram crown. Dr. Ivey will
discuss your options and recommend a crown that will provide
the best possible solution.
three different materials used in crowns:
All porcelain - Dr. Ivey uses the Procera AllCeram crown,
a unique system for fabricating highly aesthetic and
functional dental crowns. It utilizes computer-assisted
design/computer-aided machining or "CAD/CAM" technology
that provides unsurpassed strength and aesthetics while
optimizing fit. Porcelain crowns are usually used in
front of the mouth where your teeth are most visible.
Because they do not have a metal base, all-porcelain
a translucent quality which makes them virtually impossible
to detect from your real teeth. The
all-ceramic material is extremely biocompatible, being
composed of pure titanium and densely-sintered pure
- Porcelain fused to metal. These crowns are used in molars
and in areas that require additional strength for biting.
Natural-looking porcelain is bonded to a metal base to form
metal - All metal crowns have been used for many years.
In some cases, metal crowns are recommended.
procedure requires two visits. The damaged tooth is prepared to about 25 percent of its original size. An impression
is then taken and sent to a lab where the crown is made to
fit. A temporary tooth (or teeth) is made until the new crown
is completed (about two weeks).
the second visit the crown is bonded to the remaining original
tooth. It is then polished, and your smile is restored. Back
Ivey has successfully treated edentulous areas with implants
for more than 20 years. Implants provide you with dental replacements
that are natural-looking and functional. Implants look and
feel better than traditional removable bridges, offer the
same biting force and will last a lifetime.
procedure requires an oral surgeon or periodontist to perform
the initial procedure by placing the implant into the jaw,
were is is left for six months to integrate with the bone.
After six months, Dr. Ivey places the final resotration inside
and on top of the submerged implant. The final restoration
may be a crown, bridge or combination of both. Back