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Are You Unhappy with Your Smile?

Discover Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry in Jacksonville

Many patients visit Jacksonville Dental Specialists who are unhappy with some aspect of their smiles. We offer these patients a variety of treatments that renew oral health, repair damaged dental structures, and enhance the appearance of their smiles. We work hard to help patients get the smile of their dreams while preserving the maximum amount of natural dental structure and improving overall oral health. If you’re ready to find out more about how to get your picture-perfect smile, read on to explore our services or contact our team today to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients from Jacksonville and surrounding communities.

Can I Hit Reset on My Smile?

No – But porcelain veneers may come close.

If you have a number of chipped, cracked, stained, or gapped teeth you’d like to correct without investing the time and financial commitment into more advanced care, we can help. For many patients, porcelain veneers offer an effective alternative to complex restorative and orthodontic treatments. Veneers are thin sheaths of porcelain that fit over the front facing surfaces of teeth, concealing any number of irregularities with just one treatment. Porcelain veneers are typically placed in two appointments. During the initial visit, we remove a small amount of enamel that will allow the veneer to lay flat within the natural smile line. We then capture impressions of the prepared teeth to be used by our trusted dental lab to create the custom veneer. Before patients leave, we attach temporary veneers to protect teeth and allow patients to get used to the look and feel of veneers. Once the final product is received from our dental lab, patients return to the office to exchange their temporary for a custom porcelain veneer.

How Do Avoid that Dark Line at the Gums from my Crown?

You may want to consider all-ceramic crowns.

close shot of smileA number of materials are available to create dental crowns. Each has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, but for patients whose main concern is a natural appearance, all-ceramic crowns are the best solution. Other crowns are made from gold and porcelain bonded to metal. Gold restorations are the most noticeable in appearance, but they create minimal wear against opposing teeth. Porcelain bonded to metal crowns are the ones that begin to show dark rings or lines as the porcelain wears away. All-ceramic crowns are not only the most natural looking restoration options, they also offer a number of oral health benefits. They are the only restoration option that does not affect patients who have metal allergies or sensitivities, and they are crafted from high quality materials that are less likely to crack and chip away over time compared with the porcelain bonded to metal solutions. When it comes to repairing front teeth, all-ceramic crowns are the only option that allows our team to completely renew the form, function, and appearance of teeth.

Can I Straighten my Teeth and NOT Have a “Metal Mouth?”

Let’s talk about the Invisalign alignment tray orthodontic system.

braces versus invisalignMany patients, especially busy professionals, would love to straighten their smiles, but the thought of countless trips to the orthodontist, years of treatment, and the unsightly metal brackets and wires keeps them from pursuing orthodontic care. We are happy to offer a cosmetically superior alternative that creates minimal impact on patients’ daily routines – Invisalign. This orthodontic system uses a series of clear alignment trays to gently shift teeth into the ideal position over the course of about a year of treatment. This may still seem like a lengthy time commitment, but unlike bracket and wire braces that require more frequent, longer appointments with an orthodontist, Invisalign aligners can be designed and manufactured several sets at a time. That means patients wear a set of alignment trays for a designated period, exchange it for the next set in the series, and visit our office for a short checkup to ensure their progress every four to six weeks. Additionally, patients don’t have to worry about changing their diet or oral hygiene routine. Simply remove the aligners during meals or while brushing and flossing.

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Why would I Need Crown Lengthening?

We recommend this procedure for some patients in preparation for crowns.

mirror checking gumsThe name crown lengthening for this procedure is a bit misleading. We don’t actually make the crown, visible portion of the tooth, longer. The procedure requires the careful removal of a small amount of gum tissue to effectively reveal enough dental structure to support a dental crown. When patients experience decay or trauma, too much of the exposed portion of the tooth may be lost making it impossible to attach a restoration. When this happens, we can remove part of the gums, and attach the crown to the newly revealed dental structure. In order to maintain the appearance of patients’ smiles, we don’t just remove gum tissue around a single tooth as this would change the shape of the smile line. Instead, we remove a small amount from the surrounding teeth as well, maintaining a natural looking smile line.

Does Teeth Whitening Actually Work?

We offer at-home whitening plans that are very effective.

yellow before white afterIf you’ve tried store bought whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, strips, or gels, and didn’t see any improvement, you’re not alone. These products promise dramatic transformations, but they are typically unable to deliver the promised brilliant white smiles. We provide patients professional level treatment options that brighten smiles up to ten shades may want to use our at-home whitening kits. At--home whitening uses professional levels of the active whitening agents to ensure predictable results. Additionally, we protect the soft tissue from potential damage in-office and at-home with customized application methods that keep whitening gel on the teeth where it belongs.

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