Cosmetic Dentistry


Cosmetic Dentistry


  • Cosmetic Dentures
  • Full Mouth Smile Makeover
  • Veneers
  • Tooth Colored Fillings
  • Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic Dentures

Most people want to keep their teeth for a lifetime and avoid dentures, but for some they are a necessity.  Just because you require dentures doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing smile.  Today’s materials and techniques allow our cosmetic dentures to look just like natural teeth. 

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Full Mouth Smile Makeover

Dr. Swoverland is one of roughly 600 dentists worldwide that can prepare a full mouth reconstruction in one appointment. Roughly one month later, when your final restorations have returned from the lab, Dr. Swoverland will deliver the porcelain restorations, giving you the perfect smile you have always desired, in just two visits.

For those that want the perfect smile, full mouth reconstruction may be an option. Guided by the Golden Proportions, we are now able to design you a perfectly proportioned smile. You are involved completely in the design process and can even view a 3D model of what your final teeth will look like before we begin your physical reconstruction. These models, or wax-ups, can be modified so that you are perfectly happy with your final results.

view some of our full mouth reconstruction cases.

Veneers

Veneers are the ideal way to reshape your teeth to give you a straight and beautiful smile. Veneers quickly straighten your teeth without the hassle of braces. They have the ability to:

  • Eliminate spaces between teeth
  • Fixed broken or chipped teeth
  • Cover any unsightly stains
  • Cover permanently stained teeth
  • Fix crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Remove small holes or pits
  • Cover worn down teeth

Veneers are specially shaped porcelain shells that are bonded to the outer surface of your tooth. The use of veneers often requires a minimal amount of preparation, leaving more of the natural tooth structure in tact. Although veneers are typically no thicker than .5mm, they become extremely strong when they are bonded to your tooth.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

  • Natural in Feel and Appearance
  • Conservative Approach to Reshape Teeth and Improve Shade
  • Can Replace Orthodontia
  • Healthy for Gum Tissues, leaving no dark lines
  • Stain Resistant

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Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth colored fillings, or composite resin fillings, give your newly repaired teeth a natural appearance, as opposed to a typical silver amalgam filling, which can mar your smile with unsightly dark spots, depending on which teeth have been filled.

Apart from the cosmetic benefits of composite resin, there are also health benefits to steering clear of silver fillings. First of all, silver fillings are made with mercury, which can expose you in small amounts should your teeth become damaged or decayed again. Also, being made of metal, silver fillings run the risk of fracturing your teeth by expanding, which can cause decay through leakage into the new opening.

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A Whiter and Brighter Smile

Research has shown when people are asked, “What would you like to improve most about your smile?” that the most common answer is “Whiter Teeth.”  Whitening your teeth is the easiest and most cost effective cosmetic procedure for improving your smile. 

There are three main options when it comes to choosing a method to whiten your teeth.

  1. Professional Take Home Whitening – Professional strength take home whitening treatments are the most cost effective way to whiten your teeth.  Various strengths of solution allow you to wear the trays anywhere from an hour up to all night (all night – 16%, 1hr – 22%).  Treatment time varies for each patient, however; on average optimal results will be visible in two to three weeks.  Your new shade can typically be maintained by wearing your whitening trays a few nights a month or as needed depending on your habits.  Whitening solution refills are available at our office and provide the most cost / benefit way of maintaining your new bright smile.
     
  2. Professional In office Whitening – In office treatments provide a jump start to whitening and can lighten your teeth several shades in just over an hour. This option is great for those that are restricted on time.  While it is a quick and effective treatment method, it is also the most costly.  The use of take home trays is also required for maintaining your new shade.
     
  3. Over the Counter Whitening Strips – Over the counter strips, such as Crest Strips, are well known for whitening teeth.  While they provide beneficial results for some, they do have some drawbacks.  Since whitening strips adhere to the exterior surface of the teeth, it is more difficult for the whitening strip to come into contact and penetrate areas where the teeth come together.  This can make uniform results more difficult to achieve.  What comes as a surprise to many is that for ongoing maintenance, it is often more costly to continue purchasing over the counter whitening strips than it is to use professional strength whitening solution from our office.

 

As you can see, you have options when it comes to teeth whitening in the Greater Lafayette, IN Area. Let us help you choose which option is right for you.  

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FAQs

What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are a great way to perfect your smile. Veneers are made of porcelain and generally cover the front, sides and biting surface of the tooth. Veneers can change a tooth's size, shape and color, yet still look and feel like natural teeth. Also referred to as "instant orthodontia", veneers can be used to straighten teeth in just two appointments, lasting a few hours. Braces, on the other hand, can take months or years to show results.
Can your office treat my migraines or neck pain?
Neuromuscular dentistry can treat migraines and many other chronic pains. By relaxing muscles, we can determine proper jaw position and maintain it. This reduces muscular stress levels, returning them to a more stable position. The end result is less migraines, and in some cases, none at all.
Why do you use porcelain restorations?
Porcelain restorations are both very strong and natural looking. Gone are the days when porcelain had to be fused with metal, making for unsightly greying around the gums. Today's porcelain restorations look more like your natural teeth and offer you the chance to have a beautiful smile.
Which do you use, a crown or veneer?
There's little difference between a crown and a veneer. Both are made of bonded porcelain. The biggest difference is in the amount of tooth structure that needs to be reduced to make sure the restoration fits properly. Most veneers only cover the front, sides and biting surface of a tooth. Crowns, or caps, can often cover from three-quarters to the whole tooth.
What is neuromuscular dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry deals with the relationship between the teeth, muscles, and jaw joint. When the muscles are not functioning in their most optimal position, patients can experience a host of different signs and symptoms ranging from TMJ and migraines to worn and broken-down teeth. We focus on relaxing the muscles and letting them function to their optimal position. We maintain this position with a bite appliance, allowing the muscles to retrain themselves and give the jaw joint time to heal.
What makes you different from other cosmetic dentists?
Dr. Swoverland and his staff have received extensive training from the world renowned Las Vegas Institute. Our training has allowed us to acquire the techniques to properly restore a smile to its healthy position. Dr. Swoverland is one of only 450 worldwide graduates from this prestigious institution, thus allowing him to complete a full mouth restoration in as little as two visits.

In addition, we offer state of the art technology that lets us provide the best care possible to all of our patients. While there are many dentists to choose from, not all of them practice cosmetic dentistry. Shouldn't all dentistry be cosmetic?
 
I do not want to go through having braces. Can you straighten my teeth anyway?
Many of our patients don't want to go through the lengthy process of orthodontia. Porcelain veneers can be the right option for them. By using porcelain veneers, we can straighten teeth, eliminate chips, spaces or gaps and improve color in an instant. This treatment can be completed in two appointments and just a few hours, not the months or years braces can take to show results.
I am unhappy with the color of my teeth. What bleaching method do you recommend?
There are several options when it comes to bleaching your teeth. Some can be very costly. Our preferred method is at home bleaching with custom made trays from our laboratory. This allows you to bleach when it's convenient for you. We offer several solution strengths, allowing you to bleach for one hour to all night.
How quickly can I get my new smile?
Depending upon your situation, we can complete a restoration in as little as one hour, or a full mouth reconstruction in two appointments. The staff will accommodate your schedule to make sure you receive your new smile as quickly as possible.
Why do you only use white tooth colored material for you fillings instead of silver?
Silver mercury was once a common material used for fillings. We now know that mercury can actually cause further damage to a tooth's structure. Because mercury is made of metal, it expands and contracts. The expansion of the metal presses against the remaining healthy portions of your tooth, leading to fractures. Likewise, when the metal contracts, the margin between the mercury metal opens up, allowing bacteria to harbor under the filling. This causes recurrent decay under and around silver fillings.

Today we use tooth colored restorations, or resin. These restorations look and feel just like your natural tooth. The material doesn't expand and contract like metal fillings, limiting the chances for decay to redevelop. It is also a healthier solution, since it's free of any mercury.
What kinds of plans are available to help me fund my new smile?
We have several funding options for your treatments, from shorter-term, 0% interest payments to longer-term payments with varying amounts of interest. Whatever your financial needs may be, our courteous staff will assist you in determining the right plan to meet your needs.
Is cosmetic dentistry covered by my insurance?
Insurance companies vary in their benefits from one employer to the next. Your insurance coverage is based upon the contract between your employer and your insurance company. In most situations, cosmetic dentistry is not covered by insurance. While they may cover a portion of a tooth that requires medical treatment, they will most likely not cover procedures that offer a beautiful smile.