Cosmetic Dentistry

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Cosmetic dentistry in Lawrence, KS is ideal for patients who are looking for a fast and effective way to improve your smile for a lasting first impression. When it come to making a first impression, our smile is something most people notice first. The state of your teeth says a lot about who you are as a person, which is why more and more individuals are turning to cosmetic dentistry procedures in Lawrence, Kansas. Oral and dental hygiene is of the utmost importance, but for those who have spent years neglecting their teeth, a more drastic alternative may be necessary. This is where cosmetic dentistry at Legends Dental in the Lawrence area can help.

There are several cosmetic dental procedures available to patients at Legends Dental that can help create a whiter, brighter smile that lasts. Discover which can help you to achieve the results you are looking for:

Teeth Whitening – One of the fastest and easiest ways to improve your smile is through teeth whitening. Teeth can easily become discolored due to many everyday activities, and over time, no matter how often you brush your teeth, they’ll never be as white as they once were. In office teeth whitening at Legends Dental in Lawrence is a safe and simple procedure that can make your smile shades whiter with lasting results.

Veneers – For those who have stained or discolored teeth, ceramic veneers are another cosmetic dentistry alternative in Lawrence, KS. Veneers are comprised of very thin pieces of specially shaped ceramic which are glued over the front of your existing tooth enamel. Veneers are great for teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen, crooked or have small holes or pits. They can also be used to correct unwanted or uneven spaces.

Dental Implants – Dental implants at Legends Dental are artificial tooth implants that are used to replace broken, damaged, decayed or missing teeth. Dental implants are designed to provide stable, long-lasting support for crowns, bridges and dentures. Acting as a tooth’s root, dental implants stabilize dental prosthetics so that patients may experience the look, feel and function of naturally growing teeth—with long-lasting results.

If you are intent on making your first impression last, consider the cosmetic dentistry procedures at Legends Dental in Lawrence, KS. You’ll finally get that whiter, brighter smile you’ve always wanted.

KOR WHITENING SYSTEM

Having a beautiful smile is easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they've been dreaming of with our simple "bleaching" procedure. It's safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to begin bleaching.

Impressions and photos of your teeth will be taken to make sumo bleaching trays that fit your teeth exactly with room for bleaching material. WE provide you with special bleaching agent that you put into the clear trays. The special chemistry of the KOR Whitening system quickly bubble the dark colored stain right out of your teeth. The system is designed for take home trays to be worn at night for 2-3 weeks in most cases. The final stage of bleaching requires a 90 min in office visit to “lock” in your new color. They trays can be used for “touch ups” as needed in the future.

Dental bleaching can be used to correct many tooth discolorations. These discolorations may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful, "brilliant" smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns, or veneers may be the only choice. Because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is nearly always worth a try.

KEY BENEFITS

  • Corrects brown, yellow, and mottled tooth staining
  • Works on people of all ages
  • Is a near permanent solution for a "dull" smile, restoring brightness, and bringing a smile alive

CONSIDERATIONS

Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available at drug stores and pharmacies; however, since these products can harm the gums and teeth, it’s better to use products that our practice recommends.

DENTAL BONDING

Bonding is an alternative to veneers, and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misaligned.

How does bonding work?

The tooth is prepared for the bonding procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance. With the unlimited color choices, we can choose a shade that matches your teeth just right.

Considerations

The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel or porcelain, it is more likely to stain, chip or break. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before repairs are needed. If you desire a more permanent solution to the color and shape of your teeth porcelain will achieve that goal!

PORCELAIN VENEERS

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and tips of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.

Placing custom dental veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place porcelain veneers routinely, and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.

Will they look like normal teeth?

When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.

How durable are porcelain veneers?

With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for many years.

We will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.

If accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved. Refraining from using your veneers as tools (Your teeth are jewels, NOT tools!) will prolong their life. There are things you will and will not want to do with your cosmetic crowns or veneers. They include:

  • Pin point pressure like biting fingernails, cutting string or opening condiment packets
  • Using your front teeth to chew
  • Make sure to get a night guard to wear while sleeping to minimize grinding fractures
  • Make sure to floss daily - what usually goes wrong with this type of restoration is decay occurs at the margin of the tooth and porcelain. With good hygiene habits this problem can be minimized or eradicated.
  • Keep up with your 6 month hygiene appointments so that the doctor can evaluate how they are holding up and the hygienist can keep them sparkly clean
  • Wearing a sports mouth guard during any sports or strenuous physical activity

SMILE DESIGN

Has your dentist ever asked to see your high school picture from senior year?

At Legends Dental we take Smile Design to a whole new level. Smile Design by definition is the size, shape and color of your teeth. We ask for you to bring pictures of your smile at its best, when you loved it the most!! We use those and the information we collect in the office to help design a smile that looks just as YOU want it to look!! No “chiclet teeth” at Legends Dental!!

Whether you have a cosmetic case for Veneers or a Full Denture case, your smile is something we take very seriously. Smile design can be a very intimate discussion about how you'd like your smile to look, feel and function again. It can be used for many treatments — so we take information on most every patient.