Tooth-colored Fillings, Dental Bonding, and Other Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments in the Detroit and Farmington Area
Cosmetic dentistry can transform dull, crooked teeth into components of the bright, dazzling smile of your dreams. Attractive cosmetic dentistry treatments such as dental bonding and tooth-colored fillings are available for Farmington and Detroit-area clients at the practice of Roman Shlafer, DDS, P.L.L.C. Dr. Shlafer offers the following aesthetic treatment options:
Dr. Shlafer provides tooth-colored fillings for Detroit-area patients in order to fill cavities or replace old metal or amalgam fillings. Because white fillings are safer and more attractive than traditional amalgam fillings, they are a popular option among many patients. Metals respond to temperature changes by shrinking and swelling; therefore, metal fillings often cause tooth sensitivity to heat and cold. They also necessitate removal of more of the natural tooth to accommodate their compression and expansion. Moreover, some patients experience allergic reactions to metals used in the fillings.
Therefore, many people choose porcelain fillings because they do not carry the health hazards of traditional amalgam fillings. Since the durable porcelain material is not affected by heat or cold, less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth. Porcelain fillings blend flawlessly with natural teeth, making them an attractive alternative to metal fillings. Although tooth-colored fillings are slightly more expensive than traditional fillings, many patients find them to be worth the investment.
Dr. Shlafer regularly provides tooth-colored fillings for patients from Detroit and surrounding areas. Whether you need to have a new filling placed or an old metal one replaced, Dr. Shlafer can provide the treatment you need. Contact his office in Farmington today to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Shlafer offers outstanding restorations using dental bonding at his Farmington-based practice. Dental bonding allows Dr. Shlafer to quickly correct numerous problems, including minor chips, cracks, and discoloration in a tooth; misshaped teeth; and small gaps between teeth. Many patients seeking treatment for these problems choose dental bonding, since bonding requires little to no reduction of the tooth, is relatively inexpensive, and can often be performed in just one office visit. Since Dr. Shlafer uses premium bonding materials, the results blend indiscernibly with the natural teeth and can last for years.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
The dental bonding process is performed at Dr. Shlafer's office in Farmington. First, Dr. Shlafer applies a local anesthetic to keep patients comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, he applies a mild etching solution to permit the bonding material to adhere to the tooth. He then applies the tooth-colored ceramic bonding material to the damaged area and cures it with a high-intensity light. Finally, Dr. Shlafer shapes and smoothes the bonded material. The final result looks remarkably natural and can last for years.
If you need to have minor repairs made to a tooth, dental bonding may be the solution. To schedule a consultation and discuss your treatment options, contact Roman Shlafer, DDS today.
Dr. Shlafer's practice uses Nite White® and BriteSmile® professional teeth whitening to complement dental bonding, tooth-colored fillings, and other treatments for Farmington and Detroit-area patients. Professional teeth whitening can truly transform smiles stained by coffee, red wine, tobacco, certain medications, the aging process, and other causes.
Dr. Shlafer offers at-home teeth whitening with the Nite White® system. The Nite White® patented carbamide peroxide formula effectively and gently removes stains, including stains below the tooth’s surface, for a brighter, glossier appearance. To apply the whitening gel, you simply fill custom-made teeth whitening trays with the whitening gel and wear the trays overnight. When worn as directed, the Nite White® system can achieve noticeable whitening in as few as seven to ten nights.
Teeth whitening with BriteSmile® is performed in just one office visit. Dr. Shlafer carefully applies the BriteSmile® whitening gel to the teeth and activates it with the patented BriteSmile® light. You can relax and listen to music or watch television while the whitening gel bleaches away stains and discolorations from your teeth. BriteSmile® treatment is a comfortable, nonabrasive, and effective way to whiten the teeth.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for masking crooked or discolored teeth. Made of thin porcelain, veneers fit like tiny sleeves over the teeth. Since veneers look and feel like natural teeth and can quickly produce a straight, white smile, they can be an excellent alternative to orthodontic treatment and dental bonding. Dr. Shlafer provides traditional veneers as well as LUMINEERS® veneers to beautify patients' smiles. Contact our Farmington dentist to learn more about having your smile transformed with dental veneers.
Single-Visit Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are a durable, long-lasting alternative to traditional fillings for teeth with cavities but otherwise healthy enamel. Unlike traditional fillings, inlays and onlays are crafted of durable porcelain that fit snugly into the cavity. Inlays and onlays completely fill the cavity while strengthening the tooth, and onlays also cover and give new shape to the top of the tooth. At Roman Shlafer, DDS, we use CEREC® technology to craft inlays and onlays while you wait, so you don't have to experience the long delay while your restoration is crafted in a dental laboratory. You can have your inlay or onlay placed in about an hour!
Placement of Inlays and Onlays
To place inlays and onlays, Dr. Shlafer first applies local anesthesia. Then he carefully removes dental decay. He then fabricates the inlay or onlay to fit the cavity perfectly. Finally, he bonds the inlay or onlay into the cavity. Once in place, inlays and onlays provide lasting support for the tooth.
Gum recontouring procedures are useful for patients concerned with "gummy" smiles. Gum recontouring lifts and reshapes the gum line, exposing more of the tooth for a whiter, more vibrant smile. The treatment is virtually painless, takes only a short time to perform, and achieves remarkable results.
By combining restorative and cosmetic treatments such as crowns, dental implants, tooth-colored fillings, and dental bonding, Dr. Shlafer has transformed many Detroit and Farmington-area patients' smiles with dramatic Smile Makeovers. Visit our Smile Gallery to see some examples! Contact our Farmington dentist for more information on how Dr. Shlafer can give you the smile of your dreams.
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