Cosmetic Dentistry

Digital Cosmetic Imaging

Digital Cosmetic Before and After Imaging

An Aid to Selecting Your Best Smile

Digital cosmetic imaging is provided by Silver Dental to aid patients considering porcelain veneers or tooth bleaching. Veneers are available in almost any shade of white. Similarly, the bleaching process can be controlled to yield almost any degree of whiteness desired. The esthetic result of whitening depends on how well the new shade harmonizes with other aspects of the patient’s appearance. These include skin tone, eye color and hair color – even the colors of preferred clothing. It is also very much a matter of personal taste: what one person regards as a “perfect” smile can seem unnaturally white to another.

How It Works

Digital cosmetic imaging uses a digital camera and computer software to create “before and after” images that can show any degree of whitening. The “after” image can be adjusted on the computer screen in real time, giving the patient the opportunity to “try on” different shades before committing to a final choice. The chosen image then serves as a reference for selecting veneers or controlling the bleaching process.

The Best Preview Possible

Digital cosmetic imaging is meant to supplement the consultation you will have with us and allows us to give you a very good idea of what the final results will be. It is important to note, however, that digital cosmetic imaging is meant to serve only as a guide. Photographs and screen images, no matter how superior in quality, are perceived differently than actual faces – which move around with their owners, and are seen under varying lighting conditions. The final results of cosmetic whitening procedures may appear to differ slightly from the photographic “preview.”

Deep Bleaching

Low Sensitivity Deep Bleaching™

There is no one-visit ‘fast’ bleaching technique today that makes teeth the very whitest they can be. The Deep Bleaching™ technique at Silver Dental was developed by Dr. Rod Kurthy, combining and modifying several techniques; and is regarded as the most effective teeth whitening technique known today.

Dr. Kurthy’s Evolve Dental Technologies, Inc. Deep Bleaching products have been specifically designed to be used with his Deep Bleaching Technique, achieving the renowned Deep Bleaching results, but with much less of the common sensitivity and pain associated with other bleaching gels.

The Deep Bleaching technique gets teeth significantly whiter than ever before possible. Patients who previously were unable to bleach as white as they would have liked (because of ‘bleaching resistant teeth’ or acute sensitivity) can now bleach significantly whiter.

At Home Teeth Whitening

At Home Teeth Whitening

Over a lifetime, chemicals in the things we eat and drink (coffee, for example) penetrate the porous enamel surfaces of the teeth, darkening them. Teeth whitening, also referred to as teeth bleaching, is a cosmetic dentistry technique designed to remove these deep, intrinsic stains from the enamel. The result is a whiter, brighter smile.

Shortcomings of Over-the-Counter Products

Many products sold over the counter – toothpastes, gels, strips, etc. – promise to whiten teeth at home. Most give disappointing results. The ones that do work have to be applied diligently over a period of several weeks. They require a lot of patience.

The reason for this anemic performance is that in order to be safe enough for unsupervised use, over-the-counter whiteners have to be very weak. Whitening chemicals in higher concentrations can cause adverse reactions, such as gum irritation or damage to tooth enamel.

Products designed for use under a dentist’s supervision are allowed to have higher concentrations of whitening chemicals. The dentist can monitor the patient for early signs of adverse reactions, in time to prevent harm. These professional-strength products work faster. The teeth-bleaching kits we dispense at Silver Dental achieve the desired level of whiteness in two to three weeks. They offer the additional benefit of being available for touching up stained teeth whenever necessary.

Professional-Strength Teeth Whitening Gel in Use

The kits we dispense at Silver Dental utilize a set of mouth trays sized to fit the upper and lower teeth. At home, the mouth trays are filled with tooth whitening gel and worn overnight for two to three weeks. When you visit our office to purchase your kit, you will be trained in their proper use.

First, however, we will begin the process with a quick check-up to find out if you have any cavities or excess plaque buildup. This is necessary because the teeth whitening gel could cause damage to decaying teeth.

To find out more about teeth bleaching and the at-home teeth whitening kits that are the most appropriate for your desired results, contact Silver Dental.

Lumineer Porcelain Veneers

Lumineers Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers, sometimes also termed dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are wafer-thin shells of porcelain which are bonded onto the front side of teeth and can be an excellent cosmetic solution for teeth that are stained, chipped, or slightly misaligned.

What makes LUMINEERS® Porcelain Veneers different from other veneers?

LUMINEERS ® BY CERINATE ® are porcelain veneers that offer the painless way to a permanently whiter and perfectly aligned smile. At Silver Dental, we  can apply these contact lens-thin layer to teeth with minimal to no grinding or shaving, transforming teeth into a naturally beautiful smile. LUMINEERS can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them.

Contact us to schedule a FREE consultation. We can use cosmetic imaging to show you what your smile could look like with Lumineers!

Clear Correct Othodontics

ClearCorrect (Invisalign-like) Orthodontics

ClearCorrect is the latest 21st-Century orthodontic treatment system that uses a series of clear plastic retainers worn over the teeth. Virtually invisible, ClearCorrect retainers eliminate the metallic smile of traditional orthodontic braces.

How ClearCorrect Works

Computer imaging is used to create ClearCorrect clear retainers. Placed over the teeth they act like invisible braces, exerting gentle pressure to move your teeth toward their proper positions. The first one is shaped to closely fit your current teeth – with just a bit of variation to push your teeth in the directions the dentist wants them to go. Each successive retainer is shaped a little bit closer to the final positions desired for the teeth. Each retainer in the series is worn for approximately 2 weeks.

Advantages of ClearCorrect

The cosmetic benefit of the ClearCorrect system is obvious – they don’t look like braces! Teenagers and even adults who are sensitive about their appearance really appreciate not having to go through two years or more with a “metal mouth.” Most people also find the retainers more comfortable than braces.

Another advantage of the ClearCorrect system is that hygiene is much easier than with traditional braces. Because the retainers are removable, patients can brush and floss without hindrance.   This reduces the chances of tooth decay or gum disease. Food choices are also less restricted.

There are very few problems associated with clear alignment therapy. Patients who don’t wear each retainer around the clock may find that their teeth don’t change position as quickly as they should. Sensitivity of teeth and gums may occur when patients switch to a new aligner in the series. These problems with Invisalign and ClearCorrect are usually minor. Most patients feel that the benefits far outweigh any problems.

ClearCorrect Costs

Treatment with ClearCorrect does cost more – as much as 50 percent more than traditional orthodontic treatments. But patients who choose ClearCorrect overwhelmingly say the benefits justify the extra expense. Your dental insurance may cover or partly cover the cost of ClearCorrect treatment. Our office can investigate your insurance coverage or other payment options.

Click here to see a comparison of two different types of braces.

Conventional Orthodontic Braces

Conventional Orthodontics

Orthodontics involves the use of mechanical devices – typically, braces, expanders and retainers – to reposition teeth. The devices work by putting steady pressure on the teeth. This pressure forces the tooth roots to move slowly through the socket bone in the jaws, and eventually into new positions. (The bone actually remolds around the teeth, dissolving ahead of the pressure and re-forming behind.)

Though often done for cosmetic reasons (for example, to straighten crooked teeth) many orthodontic treatments are undertaken to correct mechanical problems with the bite. Left uncorrected, such problems can lead to tooth loss, TMJ pain, or other maladies.

Types of Orthodontic Braces and Brackets

Braces consist of brackets bonded (cemented) to the teeth, with wires threaded through the brackets. The wires exert the pressure that guides each tooth to its desired position. There are several types of orthodontic braces available, including the traditional metal braces, ceramic “tooth-colored” braces, and clear plastic braces. Metal – stainless steel – is a practical material, strong and easy to maintain, and still the most common choice. But if appearance is very important, ceramic or plastic can be used for better cosmetics.

Before you decide on a method of treatment, you should check with Silver Dental to find out what kinds of orthodontic braces are offered, and what dental insurance plans are accepted.

Damon Brackets

The Damon bracket, a recent innovation in orthodontics, uses a “sliding-door” technology that allows the wire to slide back and forth inside the bracket (as opposed to being rigidly clamped in place). This reduces friction and is more comfortable for the patient. Damon brackets also reduce treatment time and the number of office visits required for adjustments.

Ceramic “White” Brackets

Ceramic brackets are translucent; they blend in with natural tooth color. This makes them much less noticeable than traditional stainless steel braces – so your smile won’t look “metallic.” In addition, ceramic brackets won’t stain or discolor over long periods of time.  Not all teeth will accept ceramic brackets, but Dr. Silver can let you know if you are a candidate for them.

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces generally remain the least expensive option.  Also, because they are still the strongest orthodontic system, metal braces may be the only alternative for those needing extensive realignment of the teeth. Dr. Silver will advise you whether metal orthodontic braces are necessary for your treatment.

Orthodontic Retainers

Retainers are removable appliances made from plastic and stainless steel wire. They are used to hold a patient’s teeth in place after their braces are removed. The retainer holds the teeth in their new positions as the surrounding gums and bone adjust around them. The amount of time a retainer must be worn varies, but many orthodontists recommend teenagers wear their retainers into their early 20s.

Available in Haddon Township

6 Month Smile

Six Month Smile

Most adults are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. Crooked teeth make many people feel self-conscious, reserved, or even ashamed of their appearance… Now, adults all over the country can smile bigger and brighter than ever after wearing braces for only six months!

Six Month Smile utilizes clear braces to gently straighten teeth in an average time of only six months! By focusing on the teeth that show when you smile and not making significant bite changes, Dr. Silver can comfortably straighten your teeth and give you the attractive, pleasant smile you’ve always wanted.

Six Month Smile is conservative, inexpensive, and highly effective. It may sound “too good to be true,” but thousands of people around the country are living proof that this is real!

The main benefits of the 6 Month Smile system are:

  • The wires are discrete being small and tooth-colored
  • Treatment time is reduced by up to 75%
  • Discomfort is kept to a minimum since the teeth are gently repositioned
  • Cost is around half that of traditional braces or Invisalign

What does the treatment involve?

During your first visit at Silver Dental you will be fully assessed and Dr. Silver will take some photographs, X-rays and examine your smile. Dr. Silver will also give you an indication as to if the 6 Month Smile is suitable for you and the likely treatment time and costs involved.

Following this you will be fitted with the special 6 Month Smile Braces which are small white brackets and special wires.

After your first fitting you will visit Dr. Silver every 4-5 weeks for short 15-20 minute appointments for regular adjustments of your braces until the end of your treatment.

Before Six Month Smile Treatment After Six Month Smile Treatment

(The photographs above were kindly donated by Dr Ryan Swain)