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Cosmetic Dentistry


Teeth Whitening

As we age, our teeth lose the brilliant whiteness that implies good dental health and youth. The unsightly stains associated with tobacco, dark liquids, and other factors can leave us feeling less-than-confident about our smiles. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this dental problem: cosmetic tooth whitening. Our practice provides convenient, take-home tooth-whitening programs and in-office ZOOM! tooth whitening to our patients.

In-Office Tooth Whitening ZOOM! Professional tooth whitening System

The ZOOM! Chairside Whitening system is a scientifically advanced, tooth whitening procedure. It is a safe and effective procedure. Your teeth will become dramatically whiter in less than hour! It is an ideal procedure for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of ZOOM! in comparison to days of wearing trays or strips makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.

Procedure

The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. The ZOOM! clinician then applies the proprietary ZOOM! whitening gel, which is designed to be used with a specially designed light. The ZOOM! light and gel work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discolouration.

The complete procedure takes less than an hour. Following the preparation period, three cycles of 15 minutes each totally to 45 minutes completes the procedure.

Take-home Tooth Whitening

These kits contain a customized tray that is made from custom moulds of your teeth and whitening gel made of hydrogen peroxide. The patient usually wears the trays and gel for approximately thirty minutes two times per day until their teeth have reached the desired shade.

FAQs Is whitening safe?

Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. It is not recommended to children under the age of 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

How long do the results last?

To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily along with regular professional cleaning. Occasional touch ups with the specially designed touch up kits help keep your teeth their brightest. These touch up kits can be purchased at the office. It should be noted that tooth whitening treatments have no effect on the artificial materials used for bonds, veneers, or capped teeth.

How does the ZOOM! in office system work?

Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in the whitening gel. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentine, bleaching the coloured substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.The ZOOM! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and increases the effectiveness of the whitening gel.

Are there any side effects?

Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The ZOOM! light generates minimal heat which may be the source of discomfort. Minor tingling sensation may be experienced after the procedure which may last for a couple of days, but will always dissipate. Your dentist may recommend the application of a fluoride gel after the procedure to relieve the symptoms.

Take your first step to feeling good, looking great and making a memorable impression every time you smile. You owe it to yourself! Call our office today to schedule your bleaching appointment! (A cleaning is recommended prior to the whitening session)

Cosmetic Bondings

Cosmetic bonding is a simple process of bonding tooth coloured resins to the tooth to improve its appearance. This cosmetic dental treatment is suggested to reshape chipped tooth, decayed tooth, discoloured tooth and to fill gaps between teeth. Unlike dental veneers cosmetic bonding does not require mould and can be performed in a single visit. The process is minimally invasive. Shade guides are used by cosmetic dentists to match the colour of resin with tooth colour. Care should be taken not to bite on hard items such as nails or pens. Smoking cigarettes consumption of dark coloured fluids like tea, coffee and cola can discolour the resin so these practices should be avoided.

Dental Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are artistically designed custom thin porcelain layers that are bonded on to teeth to create straight, healthy looking teeth without the use of orthodontics. It is usually a 2 visit procedure. During the first visit the dentist removes a small amount of the enamel & takes an impression, which is sent to our highly qualified technicians who design the Custom Veneers. It usually takes 7-10 days for the Veneers to be back. During this period the patient wears temporary Veneers that are custom crafted by the dentist.

Our office also specializes in the Revolutionary No shots, No drills and Painless Lumineers. Call our office to find out if you are a candidate for this revolutionary procedure for enhancing your smile.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a process of reshaping the soft gum tissues and bones in order to expose more of natural tooth/teeth. Crown lengthening can help change a gummy smile. Depending on the complexity of the condition dentists set treatment plans for cosmetic enhancement. Sometimes simple scalpels may be sufficient to remove excess gum tissues and improve the smile. In other cases where there is a cavity below the gum line dentists may remove some portion of the supporting bone structure to restore the tooth and contour the gum tissues accordingly.

Porcelain Inlays

Replacing large fillings in back teeth often requires stronger, more precisely contoured restorations. These are called inlays or onlays depending on whether they are being placed inside the tooth or on its outer surface. These restorations need to be custom-made at an off-site dental lab; therefore, two visits may be required. Once the dental office receives the custom inlay or onlay, the patient returns to the dentist's office, where the restorations are bonded into place.

Porcelain Onlays

Onlays protect teeth similarly to crowns, but conserve more natural tooth structure. Onlays should provide decades of service. Our Doctor has restored beauty and function to the teeth of thousands of patients through the placement of custom-crafted inlays and onlays.

Porcelain Crowns

Dental crowns protect the natural tooth and improve the appearance of the smile. Porcelain can be shaped to mimic the appearance of a natural crown which is why it is highly preferred in cosmetic dentistry. The crowns look very natural. They have a characteristic of translucency which is why they are bright giving them an esthetic edge. They can be used to protect damaged tooth, severely decayed tooth or discolored tooth. Their bio-compatibility is another added benefit. These crowns are more likely to be used when restoring front teeth.

Our Address

Dr. Greg Bixby, DDS
1222 C Street
Salida, Colorado 81201

719-539-3145

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Monday 9:00 AM4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM4:00 PM
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