Dennis D. Struve, DDS

 COSMETIC DENTISTRY

COSMETIC DENTISTRY
This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone
who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only
when
smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the
upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing
as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance.
Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.

We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.
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WHITENING
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office
uses the tray whitening method.

The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the
trays with gel are worn for about 30 minutes, 1 - 2 times a day. The entire process takes 3 - 4 weeks of daily use. Two different strengths of gel may be used, however the
higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance
of whitened teeth the trays should be used every several months.
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VENEERS
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared,
impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks
the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.

The advantages of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
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151-A Ash Street
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-9597

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