Cosmetic Dentistry in Lancing, Michigan – Dr. Scott Stone
Cosmetic dentistry is designed to treat more than just your cosmetic dental concerns. When you repair dental concerns such as chips, cracks, or broken teeth, the health of your teeth and gums improves immediately. From teeth whitening services to full mouth cosmetic reconstruction, Dr. Stone is here to work directly with you to create a personalized treatment plan that is designed specifically for your concerns.
- Dental Crowns and Bridges
- Porcelain Veneers
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Smile Makeover
- Teeth Whitening
Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile and beautiful cosmetic dentistry procedures that we offer at our Lancing, Michigan family dental practice. Porcelain veneers are custom made from a thin shell of porcelain. It is translucent, which means that it naturally refracts light the same way that your natural tooth enamel does – making porcelain veneers one of the most natural looking dental materials on the market today. The shade of the porcelain veneer is either custom matched to your natural teeth, or enhanced to a whiter shade when used in conjunction with teeth whitening treatments or smile makeover treatments. Porcelain veneers are used to treat chipped, stained, and cracked teeth, or used to correct and improve the look of teeth with minor misalignment.
The steps taken during the porcelain veneers procedure is very similar to the dental crown procedure. Dr. Stone will remove a very small amount of tooth structure (roughly one-half millimeter) from the front of the tooth. This is done in order to customize the look of the veneers and is necessary to bond the veneer to the tooth without creating extra bulk in the mouth. A dental impression is taken of the teeth involved, and is sent to our laboratory. In approximately five business days, you will return to our office to have the veneers bonded to your teeth. The veneers are bonded to the front of your tooth with a bonding material that is very strong. After 24 hours, you are able to resume with your normal eating habits.
Porcelain veneers are very easily cared for because they are only bonded to the front surface of you teeth. Regular brushing and flossing is achieved easily, and is necessary in order to remove plaque from the teeth. We also recommend that regular dental examinations are maintained on order to diagnose any tooth decay or gum disease before it affects the integrity of the veneers.
Whitening your teeth can dramatically change the appearance of your teeth, sometimes in as little as one hour. Teeth become stained or discolored for a number of reasons, because our teeth are naturally porous. Tobacco, coffee and tea, red wine, cola, even blueberries and beets can stain the teeth enough to cause noticeable discoloration. Certain medications and the natural aging process are also known to cause tooth discoloration.
Brushing and flossing alone, and even professional dental cleanings simply cannot remove the stain that builds up within the enamel surface of the tooth over time. In order to thoroughly whiten the enamel, a specially designed whitening material is used to lift the stain and whiten the teeth.
Before you begin the teeth whitening process, Dr. Stone will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, and go over you general medical history with you. Patients that suffer from very sensitive teeth, pregnant or nursing mothers, and children under the age of 18 are not typically ideal candidates for teeth whitening. Only Dr. Stone can address your specific needs, and recommend the whitening procedure that is best for your situation.
Our Lancing, Michigan family dental practice offers both professional in-office teeth whitening and professional take home whitening kits. Many patients often ask why they can’t simply purchase a whitening kit over-the-counter at the store. The answer to this question is quite simple: our professional products contain the highest amount of active ingredients and we monitor your progress throughout your whitening experience. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products do not contain a very high concentration of whitening solution (carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide).
Our professional in-office whitening treatments offer the most dramatic results in the shortest amount of time. Your treatment will take approximately one hour and during that time, Dr. Stone will monitor your teeth during the whitening process. Most patients attain their whitening goals in one appointment but in some cases, an additional appointment may be necessary to help you achieve your whitening goals.
Our professional take home teeth whitening kids are custom made to fit your teeth, and use the highest quality of whitening material on the market today. Our dental team will obtain impressions of your teeth which are used to custom make your whitening trays. When the trays are made, we will show you how to apply the whitening gel in the trays and insert them into your mouth. You will leave our office with a set of instructions on how to correctly use the gel. Our take home whitening kids provide fast results. Most patients notice results in as little as one application.
The first dental materials ever created were made from a combination of metals. While these fillings are considered strong and durable, they are very noticeable. Metal fillings are quickly being phased-out of dentistry and replaced with high quality, tooth-colored dental resin.
Dr. Stone is committed to providing you with the best materials available on the market today. Our tooth-colored dental resin is strong and durable, providing our patients with long lasting dental fillings. Patients that express an in interest in replacing their metal fillings are welcome to meet with Dr. Stone to create a treatment plan that is designed to replace their metal fillings in an effective manner.
Smile makeovers involve a combination of various dental procedures that are designed to work together to create the smile of your dreams. From treating a small group of teeth or an entire full mouth reconstruction, you can trust Dr. Stone to create the best treatment plan for your situation. Dr. Stone is a graduate of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). LVI is recognized around the world as the top facility for Cosmetic dentistry training. Dr. Stone offers a wide range of cosmetic dental services for anyone that is looking to attain a beautiful, healthy smile.
When you sit down with Dr. Stone, he will be sure to explain all of your treatment options in great detail so that you can make an informed decision about the health and appearance of your smile. The smile makeover treatment will then tackle your dental problems in the most systematic and effective manner possible.
Learn More About Your Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Whether it’s simply helping you achieve a whiter smile or treating a more complex esthetic concern with a series of dental treatments, Dr. Stone has a solution designed specifically for you. For more information about our cosmetic family dental care, contact Dr. Scott Stone in Lancing, Michigan today. Dr. Stone and his dental team look forward to discussing all of your cosmetic treatment options with you in more detail.