Invisalign is a treatment that combines the very best of cosmetic and orthodontic dental practices to give patients a more attractive smile. The procedure is aimed at straightening crooked teeth to make them appear more aligned. However, it does not involve the bonding or any wires, bands or brackets to the teeth. This discreet dental straightening techniques makes use of custom fabricated plastic trays to exert pressure on teeth that may be out of place, to force them into new desired positions. The trays are completely transparent and are therefore undistinguishable when the patient is wearing them on the upper and lower arches. In this way, you can get the smile of your dreams without anyone noticing how and when it was done!
To get the best results from the treatment in the right time frame, it is important to wear the trays for at least 22 hours a day, removing them only when you wish to eat, or brush your teeth. They are changed every two weeks to accommodate dental movements. If you have a crooked smile that you wish to correct without conventional braces, drop by Shakopee Dental for your Invisalign consultation today!
You must have noticed how most of the TV personalities or movie stars that you see on the screen have beautiful, straight, almost flawless smiles. It makes one wonder if having perfect teeth is a criteria for success in Hollywood – but it simply means that these individuals have good dentists! Today, just about anyone can smile like a red carpet A-lister with the help of Porcelain Veneers, one of the most sought-after treatments in cosmetic dentistry worldwide.
Porcelain Veneers look like delicate tooth coloured shells that are custom fabricated for each individual patient. They are fixed on the front surfaces of the natural teeth to cover and hide dental deformities such as cracks, pits, fractures, gaps, old fillings, staining and general discrepancies of shape and size. The natural teeth are first reduced in size with the help of a hand piece. This is done to create adequate space for the cementation of the veneers. Anaesthesia is administered prior to this step to alleviate any pain or sensitivity. An impression is then taken which is used to fabricate the dental laminates at a laboratory. When finally fixed on the teeth, these laminates give patients a gorgeous new smile makeover at Shakopee Dental.
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are special types of dental restorations that are not as common as regular fillings, but are just as effective – and perhaps more! One of the most prominent differences between regular tooth coloured fillings, and inlays/onlays is the fact that the former are made and set inside the mouth of the patient, whereas the latter are fabricated outside it. Inlays are restorations that replace a damage cusp of portion of a tooth, whereas an onlay is a larger restoration of the same kind, which extends to multiple or all the cusps which have sustained damage due to caries. Onlays are also known as partial crowns because they often cover the whole biting (occlusal) surface of a tooth.
During the procedure, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed and a cavity is prepared with the help of a hand piece. Next 3D dental imaging is used to produce highly accurate images of the cavity and the tooth, which are then used to fabricate the restorations through CAD/CAM technology. When the ‘fillings’ are ready, they are simply cemented into the cavities. Perhaps the most noteworthy advantage of this procedure is patient comfort and reduce chair-time. The patients aren’t required to keep their mouths open for a long time, such as in case of regular filling.
Bonding can be classified as a cosmetic dental treatment because it is frequently used to improve the appearance of teeth, or the entire smile in a single appointment. Composite, a tooth-coloured restorative material is used to fix dental irregularities such as cracks, pits, chipped edges, gaps, differences in shape and size, uneven margins etcetera, without any lengthy tooth preparation. The material is taken and simply bonded on to the tooth to make it look better and more aesthetically appealing, before it is cured in place and polished. The material can also be used to create ‘veneers’ for the teeth, giving patients a complete celebrity smile makeover in a single sitting. Porcelain veneers generally require two visits and extensive tooth preparation before they can be flaunted.
Composite bonding is usually meant for correcting minor cosmetic issues when patients need quick, painless solutions. They’re cheap, effective, and take only several minutes per tooth. If you wish to smile like your favourite Hollywood A-lister, but without having to spend a great of money – then composite direct bonding is the perfect treatment for you! Give us a call to book an appointment with the cosmetic dental experts at Shakopee today!
If you have a missing tooth in your mouth that you want to get replaced as possible, then a dental implant is perhaps the best treatment for you. Missing teeth can cause a great many problems for patients, the most prominent of which include compromised smile aesthetics, inability to bite or chew food properly, speech-related difficulties, thinning/weakening of the jaw bone and unwanted movement of the remaining teeth in the mouth. Fortunately, dental implants can solve all of these problems in the best possible way.
At Shakopee Dental, we use top quality dental implants to give our patients they very best outcome from the surgery. The strength, resilience, and aesthetic properties of implants remain unsurpassed in contrast to other methods of replacing natural teeth, such as bridges and dentures. These methods may be cheaper, but they only replace the crown portion of missing teeth and do not contribute to the health or healing of the underlying bone. If you have lost most of your natural teeth, so can also opt for implant-retained dentures. Give us a call today to learn about the different methods of teeth replacement to find out which one suits your needs best!
Do you frequently find yourself covering your mouth when you smile, or simply shy away from smiling opening in social gatherings? Do you feel conscious about your pale smile and wish there was a way you could make it brighter, more attractive? You can rest your worries because our Teeth whitening treatments at Shakopee Dental can give your smile the makeover you’ve been waiting for.
Bleaching, or teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure aimed at removing stains and discoloration to reveal a whiter, brighter smile. It can be done at home with the help of DIY Whitening kits, or at the clinic using more concentrated bleaching gels – the results of the latter are always better and more pronounced. The procedure has a positive impact on the lives of most patients as it allows them to smile more confidently than ever before, and with the right measures, this smile can be maintained for months or years at a stretch. If you have been hiding behind a pale smile, then it is time to give it a boost – call us now to book you teeth whitening appointment at Shakopee Dental today!