Cosmetic Dentistry Dental Services
Dental veneers are thin, all-porcelain pieces of restoration that are bonded directly to just the frontal surfaces of teeth. This means that preparation is more conservative than a crown, and therefore more natural teeth structure is spared. However, veneers are only suitable in certain cases where grinding/clenching of the teeth is absent, and also where the bite is not edge-to-edge. In these scenarios where the biting force is unfavorable or excessive, veneers are contraindicated since strong biting forces can either dislodge a veneer from its tooth or fracture it.
In cases where aesthetic demands are high and veneers are not a viable option, crowns can be just as good an alternative. These cosmetic crowns are also all-porcelain and look just as good as veneers, with the attractiveness of a natural tooth coupled with the added strength of full coverage. The drawback, of course, is that since a crown covers the entire tooth, the tooth preparation will necessarily be a bit more aggressive than veneers. However, in patients with proven occlusal stress, crowns are the only viable long-term option.
For both cosmetic veneers and crowns, Dr. Tan works closely with a high-quality, local dental laboratory to achieve the most desirable aesthetic result. This is accomplished by sending the patient directly to the laboratory for custom shading by experienced technicians so that the final restoration(s) is as closely matched, as possible, to the rest of the dentition for a seamless appearance!
Bleaching | Teeth Whitening
Dental bleaching, also called teeth whitening, is a common, safe procedure whereby a peroxide-based gel is applied to teeth either directly in an office-based procedure or through a custom-fit, carrier tray. Through these methods, the gel sticks onto the teeth and safely bleaches away external stains accumulated from food, drinks, smoking, etc. If done correctly, this procedure can noticeably whiten and restore teeth to their natural pearl-white shade or even more!
Patient Loyalty Program
If you are a patient who has been with our office for two complete hygiene maintenance periods (six months each, total of one year), make sure that you inquire with us on our Patient Loyalty Program where we will fabricate a set of FREE, custom bleaching trays (top and bottom) for you along with two FREE syringes of bleaching gel as a starter kit. Just our way of showing appreciation for our patients and providing a reward for those who take care of their teeth!
Our office is also officially certified as an Invisalign provider. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces. Instead of using wire and brackets to straighten teeth, Invisalign uses a series of designed 'aligners' to slowly move and shift teeth to the desired position for a great smile and easier hygiene without the discomfort of the traditional appliances. Treatment times are usually shorter as well and fees are similar to traditional treatment. Please inquire about this special service if interested!